IHG Rewards Club Also Extends Elite Status by a Year

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IHG Rewards Club was the first major hotel chain to relax its criteria for elite status qualification, and the last to announce a blanket extension of elite status, but it finally made the announcement…

All members’ program status will be automatically extended through January 2022, allowing members to enjoy all the benefits of the status they earned during 2019.

  • For Spire Elite members this includes the Choice benefit of 25,000 bonus points or gifting of Platinum Elite status to someone each year
  • This change will be automatically reflected in member accounts in the coming weeks.

Spire members will be pleased to note that they will still receive their 25,000 bonus points, despite not necessarily reaching the standard requirements for Spire.

If you do not enjoy elite status with IHG Rewards Club, or want to reach a higher level of status, the relaxed criteria still apply for 2020.

Other adjustments have been made to the programme. These are nothing new, but as a reminder…

Points Expiration:

  • Points never expire for all members with Elite status (Gold, Platinum and Spire) – a key benefit of our program.
  • We paused points expiry until December 31, 2020 for Club members (points normally expire after 12 months of inactivity).

InterContinental Ambassador:

  • We have provided a complimentary three-month membership extension to members of our InterContinental Ambassador program (on 15 March 2020)
  • These members will also receive a three-month extension on unredeemed Weekend Night Certificates. The new date these certificates are valid until will be automatically reflected in members accounts in the coming weeks.

IHG Rewards Club credit cards anniversary night certificates (USA & UK):

  • We are extending the expiration date of anniversary certificates that are set to expire in 2020. Certificates expiring from March 1, 2020 can now be used through December 31, 2020.
  • Certificates issued in 2020 will have an 18-month redemption time period.

It took awhile to get there, but all of the major hotel chains have recognised that people won’t be travelling much, if at all, for the rest of 2020. Unlike some airlines – where are you BA? – they have made sure to guarantee that their elite status members remain so…


  1. Tilly71 says

    Good luck with that Craig.
    Many people have had to chase IHG just for their standard 25k bonus offer for hitting Spire this year, can’t see another being added any time soon!

    • Joe Deeney says

      Haha, yes – relying on IHG’s IT to get things right first time is perhaps a little optimistic. 🙂

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