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IHG Rewards Club (the loyalty programme for brands like Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, etc) has just launched a new status match/challenge. IHG regularly offers similar elite status shortcuts to members who work for specific corporations, but this is the first time in years that I can remember seeing a public status match.
“We’ll let you in on the secret to how you can get your new Elite status.
For a limited time, IHG® Rewards Club will match your status from select hotel loyalty programs. After you’re upgraded to your new status, complete your stays at any IHG Hotels and Resorts properties and keep your status through 2020.”
How to apply for an IHG Rewards Club status match
IHG is matching status from a large range of competitors, including:
- Le Club AccorHotels
- Best Western Rewards
- Caesars Rewards
- Choice Privileges
- Hilton Honors
- World of Hyatt
- Marriott Bonvoy
- NH Rewards
- Radisson Rewards
- Wyndham Rewards
To apply for a status match, all you have to do is click here and fill in the form – it only takes a minute.
Your new status level lasts for 90 days, unless you complete the following number of qualifying stays during that period:
If you do complete the required number of stays, you get to keep your status all the way through to the end of 2020!
Note that the promotion is only available to members who have a UK or USA address listed on their IHG account and that you must apply by 30th June 2019. Only 2,500 members will be upgraded to Spire status and it may take up to 14 working days for the matches to be processed.
If you have elite status with another hotel programme, I would definitely recommend taking advantage of this. IHG Rewards Club doesn’t offer hugely valuable benefits like free breakfast or guaranteed executive lounge access, but it does provide things like bonus points, late check out, upgrades, and a welcome drink, which are still nice to have.
Signing up only takes a minute – and IHG hotels are so prevalent in most parts of the world that many (most?) readers will probably find themselves staying at one in the near future.
What do you think about the new IHG Rewards Club status match?
You must be an IHG® Rewards Club member to participate in the promotion (“Promotion”). The promotion is valid in the United States & United Kingdom only. Current Spire Elite members are not eligible for this promotion. Upon Registration (as defined below), members will be given the opportunity to match a competitor’s hotel loyalty program status. You must register for the promotion between June 17, 2019 – June 30, 2019. By clicking “Match My Status” you are registering for the promotion and agreeing to receive IHG Rewards Club marketing communications and the terms and conditions of the promotion and Privacy Statement. Members will be awarded a status match after completing the requirements of submitting their first name, last name, email address, IHG Rewards Club member number, hotel loyalty program you want us to match, your status with that program, and an attachment showing proof of status. In order to maintain the status IHG Rewards Club grants you beyond 90 days, you must have two (2) Qualifying nights to maintain Gold Elite, five (5) Qualifying nights to maintain Platinum Elite, and ten (10) Qualifying nights to maintain Spire Elite, in which you will maintain this status through December 31, 2020. If you do not meet with required nights, you will be eligible for the tier you did qualify for during the Promotion. Hurdle completion must be completed 90 days after date of registration (“Registration”). Only 2,500 members will be granted Spire Elite status. Spire Elite upgrades will not include the Exclusive Choice Benefit. There is no cap for Gold Elite or Platinum Elite. Status match is available only once to each member.
A “night” is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/check-out. A night is Qualifying when paying a Qualifying Rate. Qualifying Rates include most business and leisure rates, such as Advanced Purchase rates, Best Flexible rates, worldwide sales negotiated rates (including but not limited to Corporate Gold rates), national/regional/local government rates, and specified leisure rates as confirmed by SCH’s reservation systems. In addition, in North, South, and Central America, and the Caribbean, Qualifying Rates include locally negotiated rates if those rates are discounted less than 30%. In Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) hotels and resorts, Qualifying Rates include all locally negotiated rates. In Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) hotels and resorts, Qualifying Rates also include all corporate negotiated rates settled with hotels via regular payment.
Except as otherwise stated in the terms and conditions, please allow up to 14 business days for your status match to be granted or denied. IHG reserves the right to decline any application at any time for any reason. IHG may require additional validation in its complete discretion. This Promotion is subject to standard IHG® Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained by visiting www.ihgrewardsclub.com/terms. View Privacy Statement here: https://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/customer-care/privacy_statement#cookies-and-other. The use of certain rates may be subject to applicable agreement(s). Any misuse of such rates is considered a fraud activity subject to IHG®Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions. IHG® reserves the right to remove a member’s status or cancel a member’s account if fraudulent use of the Promotion is detected. To the extent permitted by applicable law, IHG® Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion/Offer at any time with or without notice. To the extent permitted by applicable law, IHG® reserves the right of final interpretation of this Offer. Members must make any promotional inquiries by 30 days from the end of the campaign promotional period.