Good news – spend on IHG’s UK hotel credit cards WILL continue to count for status
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Last week we ran a three part series on the new IHG One Rewards loyalty programme.
One change to the scheme, which is made very clear in IHG’s own material, is that points from spending on IHG credit cards will no longer count towards elite status.
I wasn’t surprised to see this go, because IHG was an outlier here. You don’t earn points towards Marriott Bonvoy or Hilton Honors status when you spend on their respective cards. The points you earn are treated as ‘non-base points’ in the same way as earnings from any other partner.
That said, it was a smart move which did drive card use. I once qualified for Spire Elite status on the back of IHG spend, back when HMRC accepted UK personal credit cards with low fees.
IHG has been in touch with us, however, to say that there is an exception being made for the UK market.
Spending on the two Creation-issued IHG One Rewards credit cards WILL continue to count towards status.
This is particularly attractive for those with high credit card spending. Anyone putting £60,000 per year through the IHG Premium Mastercard would earn 120,000 points which would qualify you for the new Diamond Elite top tier. This comes with free breakfast at all IHG hotels, along with promises of – for once – meaningful upgrades, including potentially suites.
Don’t forget that Milestone Rewards are where the real benefits are
You need to remember one thing. In the new IHG One Rewards programme, the two best benefits:
- free club lounge access, and
- guaranteed, confirmed-in-advance, suite upgrades
…. are triggered by nights stayed and not base points earned. Even if you do spend enough on your IHG credit card to earn Diamond Elite status, you will NOT get the two benefits above. You can only earn these via ‘heads in beds’, which is a radical concept in hotel loyalty these days …..
IHG One Rewards update – April 2023:
Get bonus points: Click here for our article on IHG’s ‘2k Every 2 Nights’ promotion, which runs from 9th February 2023 to 14th April 2023. 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.