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IHG Rewards has extended its ‘fast track’ promotion for status into 2022. 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 can register up to 12th March.

IHG fast track promotion

You will get IHG Rewards Platinum Elite status until December 2023 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 unless you have a stay lined up.

You can register until 12th March 2022 which would give you until mid June 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 2023? I would imagine not.

This is all speculative, unfortunately.

Does this offer work alongside other IHG promotions?

Yes. However, IHG has not yet launched a bonus points promotion for Spring 2022.

Is IHG Rewards Platinum Elite 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.

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 the points anyway.

Remember that you can buy Platinum Elite status for $200 instead

Platinum Elite status is now a benefit of the InterContinental Ambassador membership programme. You can pay $200 to join and get Platinum Elite amongst many other benefits, with no need to stay five nights.

You can learn more about InterContinental Ambassador here.

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 55 nights required for Spire Elite.

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 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 One Rewards update – October 2022:

Get bonus points: You will earn bonus IHG One Rewards points on stays between 13th October 2022 and 31st December 2022. You can choose between 2,000 points for every two nights or 10,000 points for every four nights (not cumulative). Read this article for full details. You can register here.

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

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One 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 (15)

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  • BooHoo says:

    Wouldn’t have needed to consider things like this if Creation hadn’t shafted me for having once used a Curve card 😭

  • Andrew. says:

    You missed out the most important perk of all. The Platinum mug at breakfast!

    HI Rotherham-Sheffield. I stayed there regularly about 20 years ago, back then it was always full of (DFS?) salesmen on training courses.

    I had to dash back at lunchtime one day to change a shirt, opened my hotel room door to find 12 people around a board room table holding a conference. They’d cocked up bookings, so every day that week had had to go into my room (which was ground floor and generously suite sized), take out all my stuff, the bed etc, arrange it as a conference room, and at 5pm rush to put it all back again and managed to do it until my Thursday dash without drawing my attention to it.

    One way to maximise your room utilisation stats!

    • Rob says:

      The top floor suites there are big too. Remember paying a grand total of £99 per night for one over Christmas, many years ago.

    • Lady London says:

      @Andrew please can you tell us how you proceeded with the hotel when you opened your room door and discovered that?

      This sounds like it will be delicious to hear.

  • Stian says:

    This promotion seems to be open for targeted IHG Rewards members only?

  • RonnieB says:

    If you are Spire and renew your AMB membership, do you usually retain the Spire status, or is it does that the IHG system is crap?
    Not that Spire gets you anything.

  • DevonDiamond says:

    I got targeted for 5k bonus points for 2 nights by Jan 31st – did a few £50 HIX nights at the weekend and they’ve posted. I’ve got another a HIX night in a few weeks so will register for this promotion in case I do a few more

  • Matty says:

    Any prospect of anyone offering a points earning IHG credit card now that Creation has closed the door?

    • Lady London says:

      I would say in the short to medium term we have a better chance that Chase will come out with something

    • Matarredondaaa says:

      Still earning lots on my Creation black!

  • Rob says:

    What is the promotion code needed for this?

    • Rob says:

      It’s coded into the link unless you have some tracking software installed. Use 36326.

  • Mighty Hunter says:

    Doesn’t work for me.
    Tried on different computers and browsers but get message that says it’s a targeted offer.

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