IHG One Rewards Elite Status Challenge

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IHG introduced its “new and improved” rewards program, IHG One, earlier this year. The change initially seemed to be quite positive, although there’s been “clarifications” to some of the elite benefits that have made it a bit less exciting than we’d originally hoped.

IHG has now unveiled a status match promotion through 12/31/22 that can quite easily get you Gold or Platinum status…for what that’s worth. IHG ran a similar promotion earlier this year, but the previous incarnation allowed you to get the much more desirable Diamond status. I guess this is better than a kick in the pants, assuming that you don’t already have status through an IHG credit card, but topping out at Platinum makes it much less exciting.

The Deal

  • IHG One has announced a new status challenge program. Rewards members who register will be able to earn either Gold or Platinum status based on the number of nights stayed at IHG properties by December 31, 2022.
  • Stay 2-5 nights during the offer period and earn Gold Status through December 2023.
  • Stay 5+ nights during the offer period and earn Platinum Status through December 2023.

Direct Link to Registration

Terms and conditions

  • To participate in the “Fast Track to Elite Status” promotion (“Promotion”), an individual must be an IHG One Rewards member and must register for the Promotion under their member number. The Promotion period begins on 3 October 2022 and ends on 31 December 2022 (“Promotion Period”).
  • “Promotion Eligible Qualifying Stays” are a minimum one (1) night stay booked under a Qualifying Rate, with a room rate exceeding US $30 for each night.
  • Stays booked using Rewards Nights or Points & Cash are not Promotion Eligible Qualifying Stays for the purposes of this Promotion.
  • Bookings made through online travel agencies or other reservation sites such as booking.com or expedia.com also do not qualify under this Promotion.
  • Registration is required prior to check-in of the first qualifying stay (but not before booking).

Quick Thoughts

Normally, it takes 20 nights/40,000 qualifying points to each Gold and 40 nights/60,000 qualifying points to reach Platinum. That said, Platinum is available as a perk on the IHG Premier Card, IHG Premier Business Card and to folks that still have the old $49 IHG Select.

Platinum status gets you a 60% points bonus on stays, complimentary upgrades (that you will often have to ask for), a welcome amenity (snack or points) as well as early check-in and late check-out when available. There are other perks for those who earn the status organically, but many of the best options come from Milestone Rewards (like lounge access and suite upgrades), which are earned from actual nights stayed. Thus, these perks can’t be accessed via this promotion.

For folks that are outside of the US or for folks that don’t have IHG credit cards, this falls solidly under the “better than nothing” category, especially given the low night requirements. If you have stays planned at an IHG hotel, it’s a no-brainer, and it may be worth rescheduling something from another brand depending on your Q4 travel (and if you don’t have to pay more to change).

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Mary

Will people with the old IHG $49 mastercard stay platinum after Feb 2023? I’ve seen conflicting info. Thanks.

Lee

And the tangible value of IHG tier status is?