IHG bits: earn and redeem at Kimpton, new IC open in Singapore, hitting Spire Elite

IHG news in brief:

Get special benefits, earn points and spend points at Kimpton Hotels in 2018

IHG, owner of the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza etc brands, bought the US chain Kimpton Hotels almost three years ago.

Integration has been slow on the rewards front.  The first European Kimpton, Amsterdam (which I reviewed here) opened last year as a member of IHG Rewards Club and not the Kimpton Karma loyalty scheme, causing much confusion.

IHG has now announced that the two schemes will be merged from early next year.  As an IHG Rewards Club member, you will now get extra benefits at Kimpton Hotels, which are mainly in the United States.

This page of the Kimpton website outlines the benefits you will get by IHG tier.

You will also be able to earn and redeem IHG Rewards Club points at Kimpton Hotels from ‘early 2018’ which will add a number of interesting – and generally good quality – redemption options in the US.  This is a good result for IHG Rewards Club members and, to be honest, probably a bad result for Kimpton Karma members.

New InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay now open

The second InterContinental hotel in Singapore, at Robertson Quay, opened this week.  This was a little surprising as there had been reports of it slipping into 2018.  I am not sure if it is fully open or not.

It is too early for feedback on how it is, and I don’t know anything about the location.  Basic rooms look very small at just 23 square metres.

If you were hoping for an IHG Rewards Club special opening offer, as often happens, you will be disappointed.  The hotel is selling for the usual 60,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.

The hotel website is here if you want to find out more.

InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay

And a reminder about hitting Spire Elite status ….

With just 10 weeks left in the year, you may be looking at your IHG Rewards Club status points and wondering if you will be able to hit or retain Spire Elite for 2018.  It requires 75,000 status points in a calendar year.

One key benefit of Spire Elite is that you receive 25,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points for achieving it.  There is an alternative option, of giving a friend free Platinum Elite status, but taking the 25,000 points is a better deal.

This means that, if you are fairly close to hitting or renewing Spire Elite status, it is worth the extra push in order to get this bonus.

The easiest route is to transfer some miles from Virgin Flying Club to IHG Rewards Club.  These count for status as I explain hereThe Virgin / IHG page on the Virgin website is here.

This article (click) looks at what other ways of earning IHG points count for status.  With only 10 weeks left, the Virgin option is probably your best shot.

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  1. Just to confirm my understanding, all the Spire qualifying IHG points I have earned in the year 2017 will reset to 0 on 1st Jan 2018. Reason I ask is because I have ~65k points and would like to get Spire. I can get the remaining 10k points either in Dec or Jan. But obviously, if points reset to 0 on 1st jan, then I’ll get the remaining 10k in Dec.

  2. Prins Polo says:

    I loved the Kimpton River Place in Portland. Such a beautiful boutique hotel.

  3. PointsForHeads says:

    Always seems to be a couple of quid cheaper to book rooms over the phone than on the IHG club app. Why is that?!? Thought yourrate was a thing!

  4. Just a note to say that I tried transferring points in from Finnair Plus and they did not count as elite qualifying points, so it seems to just be Virgin for which that trick works.

  5. Initiated 10k VS –> IHG transfer today, only took the VS agent a couple of minutes to sort! He said transfer would happen in ‘precisely 30 days from today’ but here’s hoping is quicker than that (and that in the meantime IHG don’t stop the transfers counting as elite qualifying!)

    • Genghis says:

      Took about a week when I did it last year

      • That’s what I’m more expecting – as long as they’re elite-qualifying I don’t mind if 7 or 30 days though! Managed to work in an IHG in early Dec so that’d accrue a couple of K too, which cuts spend requirement on IHG Creation card (to allow diversion towards Amex signup bonuses!)