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May has arrived, and that means that a new Accelerate promotion is with us. Joe wrote about this a couple of weeks ago. If the term “Accelerate” doesn’t immediately make sense to you, then you can read my beginner’s guide to the promotion by clicking here.
The other day, HfP ran a post on the subject. Normally I have a lot of respect for what Rob is writing, but this time he is simply telling readers to waste 200 IHG points on an e-book that nobody in your family will ever read. His advice only works for those readers who don’t even have 5,000 points in their account.
Here’s how I know… I reminded myself to cancel and re-book an IHG award reservation during the period of the promotion. Within minutes, my IHG account had an extra 1,000 points in it!
And my target was duly triggered on my Accelerate dashboard.
Amazing! Especially considering IHG’s usual IT “inefficiencies”. 😉
But of course I didn’t stay an an IHG hotel on 2 May, I just made an award reservation, which you hopefully know can be done starting from 5,000 points thanks to PointBreaks, the latest version of which having gone live on Monday.
I can say with 100% confidence that I will keep those 1,000 points even if I cancel my award booking. Why?
- I’ve done it before… in previous versions of Accelerate (sometimes prior experience is all you need)
- The speed of the triggered target surely means that IHG’s algorithm searches for any use of points. And a cancellation of an award booking doesn’t result in the annulment of the redemption, but instead looks like this:
So, do yourself a favour and save those 200 points. Just book any award stay using IHG points. Then after awhile, you can cancel it if you don’t actually need it. 1,000 points should arrive into your account almost immediately and I promise you that it won’t be reversed.