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IHG Rewards Club is the loyalty program for Intercontinental, Kimpton, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and related brands.
The IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card comes with Platinum status as long as you hold the card, and has an initial bonus of 80,000 points after spending $2,000 within 3 months of account opening. [Offer expired]
Platinum is the second tier of status. The program has general members, Gold, Platinum, and Spire Elite. Here are the key benefits of their status levels:
|Benefit||Gold Elite||Platinum Elite||Spire Elite|
|Points Don’t Expire 5||✔||✔||✔|
|Welcome Amenity/Minibar (Kimpton)||✔||✔||✔|
|Bonus Earnings on Top of Base Points||10%||50%||100%|
|Elite Rollover Nights||✔||✔|
|Room Upgrades 3||✔||✔|
|Guaranteed Availability 4||✔||✔|
|Choice Benefit Upon Receiving Status**||✔|
|Hertz Five Star Status||✔|
The offer may be targeted at attracting business from specific companies, and IHG doesn’t list which companies they’re interested in. PointsNerd writes, “I did receive the confirmation email, my status has not been updated as of yet so this may be a your mileage may vary situation.”
It has been running since August 1, apparently, but registration is open through October 31. Once a member successfully registers they should receive 90 days of Spire Elite status. And then depending on stay activity during that time can retain status.
- 10 nights for Spire Elite status
- 5 nights for Platinum status
Spire Elites receive their choice benefits of bonus points or gifting elite status after completing the stays necessary to retain their status. Rates below $35 don’t count as activity to retain status.
The benefits of IHG top tier status are modest. Many members report that hotels are often more generous than what’s required. However,
- There is no promise of club lounge access or breakfast
- What’s considered an upgrade is “determined by the hotel” and hotels are “not required to upgrade Members to suites or specialty rooms” and are technically not available on reward nights.
Nonetheless it’s far better to walk into a participating property with top tier status than without status for sure. And no doubt some would take complimentary status and use it to status match to another hotel chain.