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IHG advertises the offer as below:
“Between now and 31st August, as a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club member you’ll receive 500 bonus miles when you join IHG Rewards Club. Don’t forget to set your IHG® Rewards Club profile earning preference to Flying Club miles, and ensure to include your Flying Club membership number.
We will also let you into our secret – usually it takes 10 nights to reach Gold Elite status but between now and 31st August we’re offering you exclusivity to fast track to Gold Elite status when you stay 3 nights at any of our 5,000+ IHG properties worldwide”.
Digging into the terms a bit more, to get the 500 Virgin Flying Club Miles you need register a new IHG Rewards Club account and make a stay by 31st August 2017, which isn’t hugely useful for most of us.
The IHG Rewards Club elite status fast track element of the offer is much more interesting:
“Every new Member will be upgraded to Gold Elite status after they book three (3) qualifying nights between Registration date and 30th November 2017 at any participating IHG Hotels”
So, to get Gold status all you need to do right now is register – the 3 nights at IHG hotels you need to qualify for Gold status can be anytime before 30th November 2017. The wording of the terms suggests that you just need to book by 30th November, not necessarily stay, and it’s possible that is what it means to say – but I’m not convinced. I would treat it as meaning you actually have to complete the stays by 30th November.
IHG Rewards Club Gold status isn’t anything to get too excited about, but any status is better than no status. I do genuinely value perks like late checkout and the free drinks / bonus Points that come with it, so if you might have a few nights at IHG hotels coming up, I would recommend registering.
Enrol with IHG® Rewards Club and stay at any participating IHG Hotels worldwide between 00:01 local time on 01.06.17 and 23.59 local time on 31.08.17 to receive 500 Flying Club airmiles for registering as a new Member of IHG Rewards Club. Registration is free. Airmiles will automatically be awarded by Airline partners on completion of Registration, and in any event before 15th October 2017. You must be a Virgin Atlantic Flying Club airmiles collector with Flying Club as a preferred alliance in order to collect miles. Every new Member will be upgraded to Gold Elite status after they book three (3) qualifying nights between Registration date and 30th November 2017 at any participating IHG Hotels. You must change your earning preference to collect Flying Club airmiles in your IHG Rewards Club account in order to collect Flying Club airmiles otherwise you will be awarded 1500 IHG Rewards Club bonus points. Your IHG Rewards Club account must be open and valid for the duration of one calendar year from date of opening. Must be 18 years old or over to participate. Blackout dates (when the offers are not available) may apply. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, discount or promotion. This Offer is subject to the General Promotion Terms and standard IHG Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained by visiting