In response to my post about IHG adding significant elite perks to their program, a reader asked if it was possible to time your Milestone Rewards so that you can get two full years of Club Lounge membership. The answer: Yes!
IHG’s new program will offer Milestone Rewards starting at 20 elite nights and then every 10 elite nights thereafter, up to 100 nights per year. The most valuable Milestone Reward selection is probably the Annual Lounge Membership which is a selection option when you reach 40 nights and again at 70 nights within a calendar year.
Once you select the Annual Lounge Membership reward, it is good for the rest of the calendar year in which it is selected and all of the following year. That’s where things get interesting…
Once you qualify for a Milestone Reward, you’ll have 90 days to select it. So, the key is to try to qualify in October or later. That way, you can wait until January 1st of the next year to select this reward. Then, you’ll have the membership for 2 years: the rest of that year and all of the next!
I reached out to our IHG contacts to make sure that this would really work. The answer was straightforward: “Yes, a member could get a lounge voucher for 2 years.”
So… when planning your IHG stays, try to complete either 40 or 70 nights no earlier than October 3rd and no later than December 31st. Then, set a reminder to yourself to select the benefit January 1st of the next year. Boom.