IHG Rewards has launched a new ‘fast track’ promotion for status. It is, on the face of it, very generous but you still need to accept the fact that IHG Rewards status has virtually no concrete benefits.
How does the IHG Rewards Fast Track promotion work?
Full details, and registration, can be found here.
You will get:
- IHG Rewards Gold Elite status until December 2022 when you stay two nights within 90 days
- IHG Rewards Platinum Elite status until December 2022 when you stay five nights within 90 days
It’s probably best not to register now
Since you only have 90 days to achieve the five qualifying nights, there is little value in signing up today with hotels closed.
You can register until 31st August 2021 which would give you until late November to complete your five nights if you registered at the last minute.
As stays booked prior to registration count, the best time to sign up would be the day before your next IHG Rewards stay.
Reward nights do not count towards your five nights.
What happens if I already have IHG status?
It isn’t clear. The terms and conditions are badly written and do not say what would happen to existing members.
Can an existing Gold Elite member do this, and get upgraded to Platinum Elite after five nights? I would imagine that you can.
Can an existing Platinum Elite member do this, and get an extension of their status until December 2022? I would imagine not. There is even a risk that IHG could downgrade you to Gold Elite after your 2nd night!
This is all speculative, unfortunately.
Does this offer work alongside IHG’s current promotion?
Yes. However, IHG’s current promotion ends on 31st March and we don’t yet know what will replace it.
Details of the current IHG Rewards offer are here although you are unlikely to be doing many stays before it ends.
Is IHG Rewards Gold and Platinum status worth having?
You can see the benefits of IHG Rewards status on this page of their website.
I used to say that IHG status was better than nothing and would ‘stop you getting the room overlooking the bins’. I then did a night at Holiday Inn Rotherham and did get the room overlooking the bins, so I don’t say that any longer.
Gold Elite members get a 10% points bonus whilst Platinum Elite members get a 50% points bonus. A Platinum Elite member will also be considered for upgrades, but you need to remember that Spire Elite members will outrank you.
At most European hotels, you will also receive a welcome gift – usually 500 points or a drink and snack. The trick here is to take the drink and snack, partly because it is worth far more than 500 points (worth £2) and partly because the hotel will probably give you points anyway.
Does this promotion help me get Spire Elite status?
No. Because you are upgraded via a status change, rather than by being given an equivalent credit of status nights, you would still need to complete the full number of nights required for Spire Elite. This currently requires 55 nights.
I think this is a mistake by IHG Rewards. A member who is given Platinum Elite (currently 30 nights) via this promotion could easily be encouraged to do the extra 20 required to get up to 55 nights for Spire Elite.
I doubt anyone who does five nights and is given Platinum Elite is going to be motivated to do another 50 for the marginal extra benefits of Spire Elite.
There is no way that you can justify a mattress run for this promotion. However, if you need a few hotel nights anyway and a Holiday Inn or other IHG brand is suitable, this may be a reason to jump in.
You need to register for the IHG status fast track here.
IHG Rewards update – July 2021:
Get bonus points: The current IHG Rewards promotion is ‘Triple Your Points’ – our full article is here. It runs from 15th May to 16th August. You receive double base points on your second stay and triple base points on your third and subsequent stays. You can register on this page of ihg.com.
Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.
There is a 75% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards points by 13th August.
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.