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(DEAD) CRAZY IHG OFFER: free Diamond status until 31st December, shows instantly

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Well, this is potentially one of the craziest hotel loyalty offers that we have ever seen.

We are used to seeing ‘status challenges’ – where a hotel group will temporarily match your status in another programme for a short period – but this usually requires you to already be top tier elsewhere. This is also usually only offered to status levels with no real tangible benefits.

This is different.

EDIT: This deal is no longer working, unsurprisingly! Let’s see if IHG allows those who signed up to keep their status for the 10 remaining weeks of 2022.

IHG One Rewards instant Diamond upgrade

IHG One Rewards is offering an INSTANT upgrade to its top-tier, Diamond Elite.

Click this link, type in your membership number and you’ll be upgraded. That’s all you need to do. You’ll receive this by email:

IHG One Rewards instant Diamond status

Here’s my wife’s account before:

IHG One Rewards instant Diamond status

and five minutes later:

IHG One Rewards instant Diamond status

The upgrade lasts until 31st December 2022.

Diamond Elite benefits include eligibility for suite upgrades and free breakfast. Free breakfast applies at all brands, and includes reward stays. Diamond Elite does not include lounge access, where available.

You will retain your Diamond Elite status for 2023 if you complete 10 cash nights between now and the end of the year.

The only caveat I have is that I don’t know where this offer originated. A few non-UK frequent flyer sites have posted it. There is no ‘puff’ page apart from this registration link. It could be aimed at specific groups or employees of certain companies. The comments suggest that this is somehow linked to Amazon although no-one has found a link to confirm this.

However, whilst there is a caveat emptor to this, in reality the worst that could happen is that IHG downgrades you back to your original status level. Be wary of making pre-paid IHG bookings purely because you will receive Diamond benefits. My gut feeling is that IHG may ride it out, given that the status only lasts for 10 weeks.

I should, however, highlight the official notice on the registration page:

Many offers are only available to IHG One Rewards Club members who receive a specific, targeted communication from IHG. Successful registration does not guarantee that you will receive the points or miles offered when the offer requirements are met if you are not eligible per the offer terms and conditions. Six Continents Hotels, Inc.(SCH) and its subsidiaries and affiliates which are InterContinental Hotels Group companies (collectively IHG) reserve the right to cancel any IHG One Rewards Club membership and revoke any and all unredeemed IHG One Rewards Club points for fraud or abuse of any portion of the program per the IHG One Rewards Club membership terms and conditions.

You can upgrade your account here.


IHG One Rewards update – February 2023:

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Comments (176)

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  • Nick says:

    When I click on the link above it just switches to the IHG app and the normal screen with my account, no mention of offer or prompt to enter my IHG number.

    • Ian says:

      That’s what happened when I tried it on my iPhone, but on my iPad it took me to the correct page!

    • Navara says:

      Copy the link directly into your browser

      • Nick says:

        Tried this now, takes me to a page where I put in my IHG number or email, I input this and then it asks for a promotion code?

  • NorthernLass says:

    I don’t know if there’s another IT wobble going on but my Friday night stay at The George, which was 40k points in the last “sale”, just went down to 35k!

    • RussellH says:

      Thanks. You prompted me to check my upcoming stay in the CP Lille next month. One night has dropped 1000 points.

      Not as good as your offer, but still better than nothing!

  • Guy says:

    This offer was created for specific corporate customers. The actual offer page is here : https://www.ihg.com/content/gb/en/deals/b2b/straighttodiamond

    It was targetted to specific corporate customers of IHG. It is possible that IHG will enforce that at a later date. Worth sending them a note to check?

  • Tim P says:

    On my Iphone, clicking the link took me to my account page with no offer. However, using a PC (not having my account detail) the link took me to the sign up page. Sign up successful!!

  • Ted says:

    Apologies if this is a stupid question, as I’m sure the answer will be in the small print somewhere, but would DE offer these benefits at Six Senses on Samui?
    Thank you 🙂

  • PL says:

    It’s asking me for a registration code?

  • Philondon says:

    It’s asking for a promotion code.

    🙁

  • Skywalker says:

    It’s asking for a promotion code – dead deal?

    • Skywalker says:

      Just checked again and the only thing I have in my account is “Reach Elite status faster – Now, you can earn Platinum Elite status in just 5 nights. Register and stay by 31 December 2022 to start enjoying Elite benefits”

      It’s better than nothing I guess 😀 😀

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