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LAST CALL: Instant IHG Platinum status plus a simple challenge to get 18 months of Diamond

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

The last day to register is next Sunday, 31st July.

This is a very strong offer, because IHG One Rewards now has meaningful benefits.

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.

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

IHG One Rewards benefits

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 receive 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.

The offer ends on 31st July.


IHG One Rewards update – December 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.

You will receive a 100% bonus if you buy IHG One Rewards points by 29th December 2022.

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 (73)

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  • aliks says:

    I dropped out of IHG ambassador and spire elite status last year in favour of Hilton Diamond.
    So far I think Hilton has a better offer for their top tier status, and while I still have lots of IHG points to burn up, there is nothing compelling to make me renew ambassador status.

    Happy to be contradicted though . . . .

    Sent from Hilton Toronto where we got a suite upgrade and great lounge . . .

    • John says:

      You know IHG has revamped spire recently right?

      And you surely know that Ambassador is a paid membership club which has no real equivalent at Hilton

      On the other hand even if the benefits are comparable, it’s way too hard to earn IHG diamond via nights compared to hilton diamond by stays

      • aliks says:

        Er of course I know about the revamp – that’s why I wrote about my reaction. I was Spire Elite and Ambassador, and even with the revamp, my benefits will not be as strong as Hilton Diamond.

  • RJ says:

    So I am currently platinum off my own back. Now I need 40 nights to requalify (at zero right now).

    Can I sign up for this and go for the diamond status instead? It would be great as I’ve just started a years sabbatical (attempting) to travel the world!

    • John says:

      I am existing platinum and was able to sign up, so you should be able to as well.

      Won’t know if getting to diamond works until late August.

      • Rick says:

        Sadly, I had a Live Chat with an IHG agent this week, who said that this challenge was only for non-premium status holders; he said that it would NOT provide a longer period of status for those of us already at Diamond etc 😡

        • John says:

          Agents don’t always know what they’re talking about.

          During August I have 14 nights in an IHG hotel which was the best choice even after looking at hotels.com – so it’s worth doing one more night to see if it works.

          If it works IHG will get a lot more of my business this year and next, if it doesn’t then too bad for IHG, I’ll just burn all my points off (should get quite a few from the 4x bonus).

          I could have made a new IHG account to definitely qualify, but my Creation card still works.

      • Luca M says:

        How did you sign up from an existing tier? I did not get it

      • RJ says:

        Thanks John. I managed to sign up to this a couple of days ago so that it’s now showing on my account – even as existing platinum. One problem though – it says my offer period began on 17th may 2022 and is due to expire on 30th July 2022?! I spoke to IHG on live chat and they said to ignore the expiry date showing on my account… guess I will have to wait until 30th July to see if it still appears! Weird!

  • Mark says:

    I have Platinum elite from IHG AMB membership…assume the only benefit for signing up for this is if I ended up doing the cash stays required to get Diamond?

    • Pangolin says:

      Yes. I was in the same position as you, but have already qualified for Diamond. As soon as the stay giving the 15th night posted, I was instantly upgraded to Diamond.

      Remember that AMB has that useful ‘glitch’ where renewing your membership extends whatever status you have, so it’s a no-brainer to retain your Diamond this way

  • TB says:

    Anyone else having IHG taking points back as they over credited during the X4 promotion? And still doing it even after they know there is an error!! Annoying, as thought I had a lot more points than I clearly was meant to have. Was about to make some bookings for a holiday – wish I had now as how would they remove 40,000 points from an account with nothing in….

    I am in IHG hotels every week and they really need to learn from this and stop making their promotions so complicated.

    • Rob says:

      The promo has a cap of 100,000 bonus points. However, IHG forgot to programme this in. They have now corrected it – you’ll find that the deduction takes you down to exactly 100,000 bonus points.

      • Mike says:

        I had a deduction of 378 points with the reason “4x promotion points deposit error adjustment” and I haven’t earn 100k yet, in fact when they took the points had earned a total of 64k this year including all bonuses (I had already earned Diamond with Hilton, Titanium with Marriott, whatever the lowest earned tier of Hyatt is and so have just moved my spend to IHG to give them a try with the status promotion).

  • john browell says:

    Rob, thanks for the reminder; I have a question. THE T&C’s seem to conflict. Full T&C say reward nights count as general qualifying rates. But this promotion stipulates a total spend. Do you know if anyone has had a reward night count towards the challenge ? I’m expecting not, given the spend threshold.

    Qualifying Rates: Qualifying Rates include Reward Night/Free Night*

    To be a qualifying night under this Promotion, the room night must be part of a Qualifying Stay.
    A “Qualifying Stay” is a minimum one (1)-night stay booked under a Qualifying Rate, with total spend exceeding US $30 (or local currency equivalent) for each night. For additional details on Qualifying Rates, please see the full IHG One Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions.

    • Rob says:

      There is no conflict as I see it. In general (ie for earning or renewing status usually) reward nights do count. For this specific offer, they have been excluded. This isn’t unusual – across all the chains – for status match offers.

      • Kat says:

        Would it count if reward nights but incidental spend exceed $30?

        • Pangolin says:

          The T&Cs explicitly state what a Qualifying Rate constitutes – reward nights are excluded.

  • S says:

    Luckily I have some nights at the IC koh samui booked through Emyr that will just sneak in under the 120 days. Interested to see what kind of upgrade Lux & Lifestyle + platinum brings (if anything)…

  • Paul says:

    I am in IC Doha the city right now as a Diamond Ambassador! They did everything to avoid discussing my status and offered points when I checked in. I had to ask for breakfast before it was offered. The upgrade was however spectacular.

    The Hilton programme on this and a recent stay at Crowne Plaza suggest IHG have someway to go before being on par with Hilton offer

    • Peter K says:

      I wonder if some IHG hotels were so used to not giving anything to status holders that they are hoping that people won’t ask and they still won’t have to give anything.

      Having said that, the Voco Oxford Spires were good for offering breakfast straight off the bat last month.

    • Mike says:

      I’m finding that upgrades with IHG running at about 1 in 3 when Platinum and about 1 in 3 so far as Diamond. Much lower than Hilton who usually manage to upgrade about 2/3 of the time and Marriott who manage it about 80-90% of the time. Late checkouts significantly worse, Marriott being the best often doing a 4pm checkout without asking, never said no when a 4pm has been asked for, and always at check-in. Hilton has got poorer at late check-in recently, sometimes it’s a negotiation with them offering 1pm etc. though it is very brand dependent. IHG basically said get up early come down and ask if a late checkout is available. This is fairly useless on non-work days as I want to stay in bed late.

      • Pangolin says:

        I’ve been getting good results on late checkouts with IHG since the new programme started – 3pm given with no problem when asked for on multiple occasions

        BTW, a 4pm checkout is a published benefit for Platinum and above at Marriott Bonvoy properties that are not classified as resorts.

        • Craig says:

          *personally* I don’t see how or why IHG would be of any interest compared to HH or Bonvoy, it’s so weak and feeble comparatively…

          • Rob says:

            Guaranteed suite upgrade on one stay for 20 nights per year, guaranteed lounge access where available for 40 nights per year …. not unattractive if you stay at the higher end hotels.

  • yorkieflyer says:

    A bit bothered about touching my Gold status, a legacy from my IHG card that was snatched away by creation for occasional use of Curve. After 120 days might I end up on Club?

    • Lady London says:

      you know what to do then if this is your worry, surely?

      • yorkieflyer says:

        Yes but the marginal benefit of platinum over gold is equally the point

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