IHG Rewards Club is offering a status challenge. With a screenshot of your current elite status with another chain, or photo of your current elite membership card, IHG Rewards Club will give you comparable status for 90 days — and an expedited way to keep the status through 2020.
- This is for US and UK residents only.
- Register by June 30. The status match request will be processed within 14 days.
- And existing top tier IHG Spire Elites cannot use the match to keep that status.
They will only offer 2500 top tier Spire Elite status matches through this offer, but there’s no cap for lower status levels. Spire Elites achieving their status through this offer will not receive a choice benefit.
IHG will match existing status with Accor, Best Western, Caesars, Choice, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, NH Hotels, Radisson, and Wyndham.
Here are the key benefits of their status levels:
|Benefit||Gold Elite||Platinum Elite||Spire Elite|
|Points Don’t Expire 5||✔||✔||✔|
|Welcome Amenity/Minibar (Kimpton)||✔||✔||✔|
|Bonus Earnings on Top of Base Points||10%||50%||100%|
|Elite Rollover Nights||✔||✔|
|Room Upgrades 3||✔||✔|
|Guaranteed Availability 4||✔||✔|
|Choice Benefit Upon Receiving Status**||✔|
|Hertz Five Star Status||✔|
There’s no opportunity here to fast track to Kimpton’s invitation-only Inner Circle status.
Credit: Hotel Palomar, DC
Even IHG’s top tier Spire Elite level doesn’t guarantee much of anything, including late check out or breakfast, but treatment is often experienced better in practice than what’s promised and having status is better than not having status when staying at Holiday Inn and related brands.
(HT: Loyalty Lobby)