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IHG One Rewards is celebrating the launch of the new programme with an exceptionally generous status challenge.

This is a very strong offer, because IHG One Rewards will have meaningful benefits from next month.

If there is any chance that you might stay at an IHG hotel (Holiday Inn, HI Express, InterContinental, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza etc) over the next four months then you’d be mad not to register for this.

IHG One Rewards status challenge

How does the status challenge work?

Full details and the registration page are on ihg.com here.

This is how it works in a nutshell:

  • You register via the link on this page (you must be a member – not a status member, just a general free member – of another major hotel loyalty scheme to take part)
  • You will be instantly (well, it may take a day or so) elevated to Platinum Elite status for 120 days
  • If you do five paid nights within those 120 days, your Platinum Elite status will be extended until 31st December 2023 (note: 2023, not 2022)
  • If you do 15 paid nights within those 120 days, your Platinum Elite status will be upgraded to Diamond Elite status and you will keep it until 31st December 2023

Easy peasy.

There is a game to play over timing

You have until 31st July 2022 to register for this offer.

The 120 day clock starts from the day you register.

Logically, you should delay registration until you are near to your next IHG cash stay. This maximises your chance of doing the 5 or 15 nights required to extend your status.

However …. I get a feeling that this offer is simply too generous. IHG may decide to pull it if they get 100,000 requests for status upgrades, which – globally – is not impossible. I would expect little old HfP to trigger a couple of thousand on its own.

It’s up to you. Register now and potentially not squeeze in enough nights, or wait and risk IHG pulling the offer early.

If you have zero intention of doing five nights to extend your status to December 2023, but will have one or two IHG nights in the next 120 days, I would sign up now to be certain.

(That said, if you were definitely doing two nights in the next 120 days then I’d be seriously tempted to do a 3-night mattress run in a cheap hotel near your house to lock in Platinum until December 2023.)

IHG One Rewards benefits

What are the benefits of Platinum Elite and Diamond Elite?

We wrote a 3-part series of articles on the new-look IHG One Rewards. If you are doing this status challenge, I recommend you read them:

IHG One Rewards – how to earn points and status

IHG One Rewards – the new elite status benefits

IHG One Rewards – all about Milestone Rewards

The new status levels are:

  • Silver – requires 10 nights
  • Gold – requires 20 nights or 40,000 base points
  • Platinum – requires 40 nights or 60,000 base points
  • Diamond – requires 70 nights or 120,000 base points

At most IHG brands, you earn 10 base points per $1 of pre-tax spending.

Reward nights will continue to count towards status and also count towards the new Milestone Rewards.

These are the new base point bonuses earned on paid stays:

  • Silver – 20%
  • Gold – 40%
  • Platinum – 60%
  • Diamond – 100%

Here are the benefits:

Let’s pick out the key points:

  • Platinum and Diamond members will receive regular discount deals on booking rewards – I expect this will be similar to the recent 20% discount given to IHG credit card holders. You can’t say that this makes your points more valuable, however, because – as reward pricing is now linked to cash rates – holding off to wait for the next discount period could result in the cost of your reward increasing.
  • Diamond members will get a dedicated telephone line
  • The upgrade policy for Platinum and Diamond members has been improved and may include suites
  • Free breakfast for Diamond members. As with Marriott Bonvoy, this is an option you must choose at check-in (those on expenses may want to pay for breakfast and take the bonus points instead, plus earn more points on the breakfast spend). Unlike Marriott, the rules are simple – your breakfast is free if there is a buffet, with no restrictions on what you can have, or you get one hot item if it is a la carte. The only major brands excluded are Candlewood Suites and Mr & Mrs Smith.
  • Gold members will no longer receive a welcome amenity. Say goodbye to your 600 points or a drink and a KitKat. The amenity remains as it was for Platinum members, so doing this status challenge is a good way to keep receiving it.
  • Late check-out is offered to ALL members, even those who sign up at the front desk when they check-in. This is not guaranteed, clearly. What isn’t clear is if Platinum and Diamond members get priority for it. I would have been happier if this had been just given to Platinum and Diamond members but been guaranteed.

Conclusion

If you have any cash stays at an IHG hotel coming up in the next 120 days then you should register for this offer. You’ll benefit from Platinum benefits on your stay.

If you can divert 15 nights to IHG in the next 120 days after registration, you’ll receive free breakfast and other Diamond benefits on all of your stays until the end of 2023. This is pretty attractive, especially given that Diamond usually requires 70 nights.

You may even be able to status match from Diamond Elite to top tier in another programme, given that Diamond Elite will be hard to earn from next year and may be valued more by competitors.

You can register for the status challenge here.

Whilst it asks you to name another hotel programme you are a member of, you do NOT need to have any status in that programme. This is not a status match. IHG just seems to want to be able to count what percentage of new members are coming from each programme.


IHG One Rewards update – June 2022:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is offering bonus base points on all cash stays between 18th May and 31st August.  You earn double points on your 2nd to 5th nights, triple points on your 6th to 14th nights and quadruple base points from your 15th night. Our full article is here. Click here to register.

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 (152)

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  • DevonDiamond says:

    Got a reward stay at a HIX in 130 days so wonder if it’s worth waiting 10 days or so before signing up

    • Rob says:

      Yes, wait. If nothing else you’ll get the Platinum welcome amenity.

  • Kevin D says:

    More of a Marriot Bonvoy man myself but with several trips over the summer I might just register and consider alternative hotels under the IHG brand.

  • Andrew J says:

    Say goodbye to any upgrades as Diamond – every other person will now be Diamond. It’s a shame for those of us who actually achieved it from stays (not even cash cycling with Curve). But that’s the nature of this “game” – I’m currently enjoying being VS Gold by being given it through the status match last year, and so I didn’t earn those benefits. Win some you lose some. Guess I’ll just need to do my 70 nights to keep Diamond for next year and I’ll be sat next to someone at (free) breakfast who only stayed 15.

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Yes every other member will be diamond; but then they hardly set foot in IHG hotels otherwise they would already have status so the impact shouldn’t be as large as you’re concerned it might be

      • Scott says:

        Probably, although I expect there would be times when a greater number of people do take advantage of their status i.e. holiday periods

        If I were getting a free breakfast at say a Holiday Inn on Bath Road, LHR, against paying £15 for it at a Marriott, that might sway me to stay there. If it were a busy travel period, nothing to say that an chance of an upgraded room etc. goes to others first if they are maybe 3 rooms available but 5 Diamonds staying.

        I do expect the average Joe though to keep booking through whatever holiday company they use. It’s people working away from home as part of their job who may well be the beneficiaries of this, and as travel ramps up even more, who knows?

        I go on price a lot of the time.
        If a HIX is £60 with free breakfast, and a Hilton £100, I’ll generally save the £40 even though I’ve got Hilton Diamond that I’ve used twice this year.
        Plenty of IHG about compared to other chains (well, not PI, but a lot the time they cost far more than chain hotels, although they’ll still pull people in over other brands)

        • JohnG says:

          As travel ramps up even more they’d be getting higher status anyway. Clearly anything that makes it easier to achieve Diamond will lead to more Diamonds and more nights in IHG hotels booked by Diamond. I’m doubtful that this will lead to that many additional Diamond stays that it will make a meaningful difference to Diamond members.

          I tend to stay at relatively expensive IHG properties but don’t do enough nights to hit Diamond, which means I could be paying for breakfast at a hotel sat next to someone who has spent less with IHG than me every year yet gets breakfast for free (and additional milestone benefits). I’m not going to lose sleep over it, every scheme has quirks that benefit certain types of behaviour and they won’t always align with mine.

    • John says:

      And you’ll be sitting next to people who booked on RandomOTA and paid for the breakfast, so what?

  • Andrew H says:

    Ok, simple question from a simple soul. Is this really worth doing over Hotels.com where I currently have gold (not that the gold part of their scheme is worth much at all – recently got an upgrade in Berlin though – but the general scheme is excellent)?

    • John says:

      If you find you naturally stay at IHG enough for it to be worth it, or if not having status is what’s stopping you from staying at IHG hotels.

      I’m hotels.com silver and I got an upgrade on the Isle of Man recently! I don’t think hotels see hotels.com status, I think the upgrades happen behind the scenes

      • Andrew H says:

        The Berlin hotel was unaware of the 2 hour late check out offered under Hotels.com gold…

        Hotels.com is also good as you can frequently get around ~ 10% off using links to it from the correct sites..!

        I will stick to Hotels.com though Booking.com also does some good prices through genius and gives mobile only discounts and rewards off future use (provided you don’t access it from portals). Has more hotels than Hotels.com

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    What next? Free platinum status with Amex plat?

  • NorthernLass says:

    Is there likely to be an offer to encourage current diamonds to retain status after this year?

    • Andrew J says:

      Let’s hope so Anna, 70 vs 15 seems a bit of a gap.

      • JohnG says:

        It’s 15 over four months so comparing it to the yearly requirement isn’t like for like. I’m guessing the intention is to allow people who are doing 50+ nights anyway, potentially with other chains, to quickly achieve diamond with they’ll then do 70+ nights to keep in future years.

  • AP says:

    Doesn’t it make more sense for existing status holders to accrue their night in their existing account to help hit IHG milestone targets? Complimentary suite upgrade feels much more of a target…

  • Iain says:

    Already have platinum status so will the 10 nights get me up to diamond?

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