First up …..
Earn 2,000 bonus points (COUNT FOR STATUS) with every two nights
The new IHG Rewards Club promotion has a twist as you can see here.
It is valid for stays from 20th January to 31st March.
You receive 2,000 bonus points on every two nights you stay. Importantly, these points will also count for status. This means you can make a decent dent into your 2022 requalification.
The wording of this is poor. My understanding from IHG is that you get the bonus points after every two nights and NOT for a 2+ night stay.
This means that 2 x 1-night stays would trigger 2,000 bonus points, and a six night stay would trigger a 6,000 points bonus.
I value an IHG point at 0.4p. Your bonus is therefore worth £4 per night, which is not huge. The real benefit is that the 2,000 points count towards status.
You need to register on ihg.com here. You need to use code 42050 when prompted. Do it now before you forget.
IHG Rewards Club confirms new status thresholds
We reported last week that app users were seeing a reduced threshold of 55,000 status points for top tier Spire Elite status for 2022.
This has now been confirmed. IHG has reduced all of its ‘base point’ and night tier thresholds by 25%. This means:
- Gold Elite requires 7,500 base points or 7 nights
- Platinum Elite requires 30,000 base points or 30 nights
- Spire Elite requires 55,000 points or 55 nights
The original requirements are shown on ihg.com here.
Your 2020 elite nights will be carried forward
As well as reducing the number of qualifying nights required by 25%, IHG Rewards Club is rolling over all of your qualifying nights from 2020.
As an example, if you were a Platinum Elite who only managed 10 nights in 2020, you will now be starting 2021 with 10 nights in the bank. You have a reduced threshold of 30 nights (so another 20 needed) to retain Platinum Elite for 2022.
Is this enough?
To be honest, I am not sure that IHG has done enough here.
- Accor, Hilton and Hyatt have halved the number of nights you need to earn status – IHG has only reduced base points and nights by 25%, albeit offset by carrying over nights from 2020
- Marriott has given you 50% of the qualifying nights you need to retain status for 2022
Someone who believes that they will only manage, say, 20 nights in 2021 isn’t going to get far with IHG. You WOULD get quite a long way with Hilton, Marriott, Accor or Hyatt, depending on what was carried over.
The upside for IHG is that the other chains may have made it TOO easy to retain status, allowing guests enough leeway to try to build status with another brand on top.
These changes will take time to show online
IHG has just announced these changes. It will take a few days for your 2020 elite nights to be carried over and for your online account to show the reduced status threshold for 2022. Give it time.
Don’t forget to register for 2,000 bonus points
PS. IHG has also announced further extensions to free night awards.
Any credit card free night due to expire in 2021 will now be extended to 31st December 2021.