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GOOD NEWS: IHG Rewards Club is extending your hotel elite status to January 2022

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IHG Rewards Club has finally seen the light and is joining Hilton and Marriott in extending your elite status automatically by 12 months.

Your elite status will automatically be carried over for the whole of 2021 and your benefits will carry on until January 2022 when the annual status reset happens.

Even better news for Spire Elite members

The news is even better for top tier Spire Elite members.  (The full list of IHG Rewards Club tiers and tier benefits is here.)

IHG Rewards Club extends elite status to 2021

You will automatically receive ANOTHER ‘choice’ benefit allowing you to claim either 25,000 free IHG Rewards Club points or gift Platinum Elite status to a friend.

Please note that this is not active now.  It will take IHG a few weeks to extend memberships and, for Spire Elite members, attach the new ‘choice’ benefit to your account.

Ambassador free night vouchers are also extended

If you have InterContinental Ambassador status, your weekend free night voucher has been extended by three months.

This only applies to members on the books as of 15th March 2020.

IHG had already announced that it was extending Ambassador memberships by three months but had been refusing to budge on the free night vouchers.

IHG is still reducing the elite status criteria for 2021

If you don’t have IHG Rewards Club status at the moment, or want to move up a level, IHG Rewards Club is still keeping its lowered thresholds in place.

Take a look at this chart (click here to see the original):

IHG Rewards Club extends elite status to 2021

Spire Elite is cut from 75,000 base points to 55,000 base points, or from 75 nights to 55 nights.

Given that you will receive the 25,000 points ‘elite choice’ benefit for achieving Spire Elite, it is worth pushing for if you are getting close.

Full details of these changes are on the official IHG travel advisory page, which is here.

IHG Rewards update – September 2021:

Get bonus points: IHG Rewards is not currently running a global promotion.

New to IHG Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.

You will receive a mystery bonus, usually 100%, when you buy IHG Rewards points by 8th October 2021.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (119)

  • Colin MacKinnon says:


    Ps Creation charged me interest for Rev top ups last month. Direct rather than via Curve.

    • ashish says:

      Thought this is always happen?
      Have to pay this off very quickly.

      Does this work with any other cards would be interested?

    • ashish says:

      Kindly tell me how I can get Curve limits increase?

      Kindly tell me the email address


    • The Urbanite says:

      If you follow the Revolut forum, they have changed their MCC several times over the last couple of months without any prior warning to customers. The consequence of this is being charged fees and/or interest by the credit card issuers to consider the MCC used as a cash like transaction.

      Given knowledge of this unpredictable behaviour, it might be wise to hold back on using a credit card to top up Revolut, unless you don’t mind any combination of paying the interest/cash advance fee/not getting any points!

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Using Curve serves no purpose as it passes the MCC directly to the credit card so you might aswell go direct

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Same here, must remember to pay straight away!

  • Paul Pogba says:

    I’m an existing Spire Elite and likely to re-qualify when I finish paying my tax, will I get 25,000 points x2?

    • Jonathan says:

      +1 was just going to ask the same question.

    • Scallder says:

      I re-qualified for Spire yesterday and claimed the 25k points, so certainly hoping this is an additional bonus on top for qualifying again this year!

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Same here, only just redeemed this year’s 25k spire bonus points.
        Am I reading this article correct, will spire elites this year get 2 x 25k bonuses?

        • Rob says:

          Not clear if you already hit 55k and requalified.

          • Scallder says:

            Will definitely be having a word with them if it’s not awarded to those who have already hit. If it’s based on everyone who had Spire last year then great – just apply it that way! Otherwise their penalising people who have already got them!

          • Scallder says:

            *they are

          • Alan says:

            That would be a bit unfair if not!

        • luckyjim says:

          I will hit the Spire Elite 55k renewal target this month and the old 75k target in a couple of months time. I assume I will get three x 25k bonuses. Seems only fair 😉

    • Newbie A says:

      Hi, how do you use your IHG card to pay your taxes? As I understand it via curve incurs a 1.5% charge.

      • Rob says:

        Curve Metal allows unlimited free HMRC payments.

      • Paul Pogba says:

        You have to weigh up whether the points you get are worth the fee. If you’re using it with the IHG Premium and take Robs point valuation of £/0.8p you have to put £31,125 through it that you couldn’t as a straight credit card to get your money back.

        Although after two howlers this week I’d check my maths.

        • Genghis says:

          I don’t follow. The 1.5% charge is a variable cost and the 0.8% back is a variable benefit. As such, you’re losing 0.7%, in theory, with every £. This assumes you’d pay the underlying card fee regardless. Now the curve metal is a fixed cost but a variable benefit so you could run the numbers on that, less the alternative of say using a Tesco debit card, and see if that works.

          • Paul Pogba says:

            IHG Premium £99 + Curve Metal £150 = £249.00
            £31,125 (spending) x £0.008 earn rate per £1 = £249.00

          • Genghis says:

            Oh, I see you’re referring to curve metal. Thanks for clarifying. If you’re including the cost of the IHG card too, ie assuming a person wouldn’t use it but for paying their tax, then I’d also include the free night voucher on the earn side.

    • hotel stayer says:

      I agree, I qualified spire again in January for 2021 and am questionably likely to qualify for 2022. It would seem appropriate to just roll the extra year down the road for all.

  • mutley says:


  • Anna says:

    Not showing yet but this will be very welcome as my current certificate expire April 1st and I’ve had to re-book my trip to April 2nd!

    • meta says:

      Over on Flyertalk somebody posted that they will first let your current certificate expire then issue a new one in line with your extended Ambassador membership.

      • Anna says:

        Thanks meta, I will have a look. At the moment the website seems to be allowing me to make a bogof ambassador booking even though it’s past the expiry date of my certificate.

      • ChrisC says:

        My updated AMB expiry date came through yesterday

        I emailed about the free night sert and they sorted it out on a couple of hours

        They redeem your existing certificate (the one with your old exiry date on it) and issue you with a nrw one with the new expiry date on it

        The email worded it in a strange way but it’s all OK in my IHG account.

  • Les Blake says:

    If you purchase additional points do they count towards status or just for free nights

    • Genghis says:

      No. But for the future buying the bonus points packages as part of a stay do count towards status.

  • Heathrow Flyer says:

    My free night cert (which was due to expire on May 3rd) has now been extended to 31/12/20

  • Andrew says:

    Finally a bit of good news – thanks IHG! Spire status now showing 31/12/2021 and AMB with a 3 month extension too. Now all we need is BA to do the same!

  • Gavin says:

    Having had gold status locked in from the Barclaycard credit card since 2015, despite rarely visiting IHG hotels I guess mine will remain in perpetuity regardless of anything IHG do.

    It gets me a free pint every now and then when I do stay at an IHG hotel

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