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IHG Rewards has extended its ‘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.

EDIT: The link has now been updated to automatically include the promo code needed. If you still need the code, use 52392.

How does the IHG Rewards Fast Track promotion work?

Full details, and registration, can be found here.

The offer was due to end on 31st August but is now open for registration until the end of November.

IHG fast track promotion

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

Note that the criteria relate to nights, and not stays, so it is even easier to hit the target.

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 now register until 30th November 2021 which would give you until late February 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.

It is possible, but by no means certain, that if you triggered your status upgrade after 1st January 2022, you would actually get status until the end of 2023.

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 other IHG promotions?

Yes. However, IHG’s last promotion ended in mid August and we don’t yet know what will replace it. Some people have received a targeted offer.

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 secret is to take the drink and snack regardless, partly because it is worth far more than 500 points (worth £2) and partly because the hotel is very likely to give you points anyway. This trick still worked at Crowne Plaza Sheffield three weeks ago!

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.

Conclusion

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 – October 2021:

Get bonus points: You can earn up to triple IHG Rewards base points with IHG’s new Autumn promotion. It runs from 1st October to 31st December. You can register here and our full article on the offer is here.

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.

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 (57)

  • swifty says:

    Just forgot about that, didn’t get a drink, snack or points at recent reading crowne plaza stay. Feel cheated.

  • DarrenS says:

    I am Spire and got 2 drink vouchers for each of the 3 nights we stayed at the Indigo, Durham.

  • Karl says:

    It wasn’t that long ago that maybe 75% of my hotel stays would be at IHG. Used to enjoy doing the Accelerate promo to build up loads of points then looking forward to see what Point Breaks deals would come about to spend them on. Those were the days!

  • BP says:

    Spire is saving me 350 euros on breakfasts at the Six Senses Duoro Valley. Probably the most useful it has been to me and I’ve been a Spire member since it launched.

    • Rob says:

      Surprised no-one has popped up yet to say “you didn’t really save €350 because you could have driven 10 miles to the nearest alternative eating place in rural Portugal for breakfast” or “you didn’t really save €350 because you could have had breakfast every other day, worn a jacket to the meal and snuck out enough food in your various pockets to provide you with a breakfast on the following day” 🙂

      • BP says:

        🙂 It really only saved me the 200 dollars that it would have cost to buy Ambassador to get free breakfast but it’s still a nice saving. Also 2 free massages is another £200 saved as we would have paid for these anyway.

    • John says:

      Are Spires guaranteed breakfast there?

    • Lee Thornton says:

      Is this is a guaranteed benefit or just the luck of the draw?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Spire not ambassador?

  • Jimbob says:

    Stayed at CP Docklands 2 weeks ago, booked 2 rooms for 3 nights.

    As a Spire, I received a single drinks voucher and no room upgrade. As people say, it’s not worth chasing status with IHG

  • Peter says:

    My recent experiences as Spire in the last year is pretty much hit and miss:
    Indigo in Cardiff – only got 1 drink voucher even though we checked in together. No room upgrade.
    Kimpton Clocktower Manchester – £10 credit, not enough for 2 cocktails. Upgrade to superior room which was still really noisy.
    Indigo Madrid Princesa – upgrade form Queen to King room, 2 free cocktails
    IC Sofia – upgrade to Cathedral view room, fruit plate, 2 drink vouchers
    Voco Dubai – upgrade to Corner room, 2 free drinks
    Staybridge Birmingham – no upgrade, free drink and snack x2
    HI Krakow – upgrade to superior room

    So never got any suite upgrades like with Hilton Diamond, but still better than nothing.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    You can get the equivalent Hilton status (silver) for 2 nights if you do them as separate stays, or 5 nights if you stay consecutively in the same place.

  • D says:

    Does the room booking has to be expensive room or even cheap rooms will qualify

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