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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 – 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 (73)

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  • flyforfun says:

    Anyone’s corporate policy uses Egencia? Used it for the first time since covid hit for a trip this month and noticed a rate at a lot of hotels that said “No loyalty points”. The booking is paid directly to Egencia via CC instead of the normal pay with your CC on departure. My membership number was on file and no points allotted. I’ve got a few more trips coming up and will see what the difference is for the with loyalty points rate.

    • Rob says:

      Egencia is Expedia so many places treat them as non-qualifying OTA bookings.

    • Andy says:

      Hello. I have the same corporate policy. I always try and attach a membership card when I check in, saying something like “do you have my membership number in the booking? Can I add it?” Works with some chains and some staff but the worst that can happen is they say ” sorry you can’t add it in your booking”.

  • Red Fox says:

    I’m currently Diamond with IHG but will have no chance of meeting the stay target 70 nights this year.
    Can I register for this promotion and attain Diamond with 15 stays?

    • Rob says:

      Why bother? Pay $200 for Ambassador and it will lock in Diamond for 2023. This is an unpublished Ambassador benefit.

      • ClaireF says:

        I’m diamond and ambassador at the moment. When can you renew ambassador as I am going to drop back from diamond at ghe end of 2022 but ambassador renewal is not until April so not sure i can take advantage of thus glitch?

        • Rob says:

          Doesn’t work on renewals – only for first time members (it seems).

      • davedent says:

        If I already have Ambassador and I get diamond does this get locked in too

        • Rob says:

          Oddly no. What happens is that – if you buy Ambassador – your existing One Rewards status is locked in. The expiry date actually changes on site to show (if you did it today) 31 December 2023 to lose whatever status you have. Of course, Ambassador comes with Platinum anyway so this only benefits anyone who is currently Diamond but won’t retain it.

      • The Paw 🐾 says:

        Does anyone know if this works when using points to “buy” Ambassador, or is it only if you pay the $200?

      • Mike says:

        I used to have Ambassador, but let it expire during Covid. Currently have Diamond status, due to expire at the end of December. Would buying Ambassador again extend my status for a year?

        • Rob says:

          Based on previous and indeed recent experience, as soon as your application is accepted the expiry date of your Diamond will show as 31/12/23, yes.

          • Paul says:

            Have just looked at buying Ambassador as I’m currently Diamond but won’t retain this in 2023, and the website says that you will be enrolled as Platinum under One rewards. I already have the IHG Creation Premium CC. If I sign up will it keep me at diamond or not? I do t want to pay for it to just keep platinum which I’ll be able to keep anyway? Any ideas?

          • Rob says:

            It locks in whatever status you have at the time you buy Ambassador. Your expiry date will flip over to 12/23 within a few days of buying the status. Or so I am told.

  • toomanylogins says:

    I’m having a weird issue where I can’t get the drop down boxes to appear to choose my status in a loyalty programme. Has anyone else had this? I’ve tried various browsers with and without my usual extensions on my mac and mobile so am a bit confused!

    • Rob says:

      Someone else mentioned this earlier if you scroll back but then it fixed itself.

      • Paul says:

        Thanks Rob, I don’t suppose you know if that applies to buying with 40000 points as well as $200? Sorry for 20 questions. Whenever I speak to IHG it’s like hitting a brick wall…..

        • Rob says:

          Please don’t tell me you called IHG to tell them there is a bug in Ambassador sign-ups which accidentally extends your Diamond membership by 12 months and that you wanted to find out a bit more about it ….

          • Paul says:

            Haha no don’t worry I’m not that daft!!! I mean in general trying to communicate with them is never easy…

          • Paul says:

            I didn’t, but I think you just might have….

    • DaveWinch says:

      Same – on both Chrome and Safari.

      • DaveWinch says:

        I think was blocking as I had site as US and English, switched to UK and English and works. So may be a regional thing

        • Atif says:

          Aha! Thank you so much – was having the same issue and had no idea why. Would never have figured this out on my own – genius!

  • Zoe says:

    Last 2 times checking into a Holiday Inn my Diamond status was acknowledged however, I was asked if I wanted to pay for breakfast.
    I said no as I was leaving early before it started. Nothing was given in the way of benefits or upgrade apart from a welcome letter from the manager in my room and standard points on check in.
    Interestingly when I asked about the new free breakfast for Diamond members I was told it was only for the first 2 nights of any length stay for a maximum of 2 people.

    • Brian W says:

      From the terms and conditions:

      Diamond Elite Members’ Welcome Amenity choice also includes Free Breakfast at full-service and select-service brands (REGENT, InterContinental, Hualuxe, Hotel Indigo, voco, Crowne Plaza, Even, Holiday Inn, and Kimpton)

      Available for Member and one guest registered to the same room for each night of stay.

  • Concerto says:

    It doesn’t say anything in the TCs about the eligibility of already being a Platinum member. “Any member of the IHG One Rewards program (other than those members who reside in Greater China) are eligible to participate in the Status Challenge promotion”. Wouldn’t want to run foul of their fraud rules though…

  • Mark says:

    When I click the link i have two options:

    1) Join
    2) Join and register

    I am a member of IHG so selecting the first option I get the following reply:

    We encountered a system problem while processing your request. Please try again or contact the IHG One Rewards Club Customer Care Center for assistance.

    Any help?

    • WaynedP says:

      Got the same.

      Finally managed to sign up successfully using Google Chrome and my IHG email address (not membership number) and after signing into my IHG account and double checking location showed UK.

      But it took several attempts and comment searches to finally get there 😂🥵

  • Concerto says:

    I would consider trying it with other browsers, as that apparently has been a problem over at FT. One browser that was recommended is Edge, which I don’t have. I still haven’t signed up….I am just not sure if, being an existing Platinum customer, if I really am entitled to do so. And you really don’t want to run foul of IHG’s fraud team.

  • Alex says:

    Do “paid nights” have to be through the hotel’s site or can it be through Third Party sites e.g. Expedia?

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