If you are looking to earn status in IHG Rewards Club, one of the easiest ways of doing it is by booking ‘bonus points packages’.
(There are other ways to get easy status-qualifying points too, as this HFP article explains, but the methods are fewer than they were.)
When you are search for hotels on ihg.com, you will often – but not always – come across a situation like this when you select Best Flexible Rate (click to enlarge):
This hotel, I admit, is particularly generous.
You are paying an extra 50 Dhs + tax (around £13 all in) for 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points. This is a great bargain just for the points – I value an IHG point at 0.4p, so you are getting £20-worth of bonus points.
However, these points ALSO qualify for elite status. This is not a mistake – if you click the little question mark on the screen it says:
And when you check in, this is what you got (screenshot courtesy of a reader this week):
This short Holiday Inn Express stay earned 5,406 elite qualifying points, out of a total of 5,812, thanks to a cheap bonus points package. Do enough of these and 40,000 points for Platinum Elite or 75,000 points for Spire Elite (which triggers an achievement bonus of an additional 25,000 points) can be well within your grasp.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)