IHG Rewards Club extends elite status to 2022

IHG joins a growing list of hotel chains extending your loyalty status by nearly two years.

By Brandon Loo, April 23 2020
IHG Rewards Club extends elite status to 2022

IHG Rewards members have one less thing to worry about, with the chain finally extending all Gold, Platinum and Spire Elite member status through to the end of January 2022.

In an advisory posted to its website, IHG advises that in addition to the extension, all Spire Elite members will also get another set of Choice benefits, including 25,000 bonus points or a free Platinum Elite membership to gift.

These changes will automatically be reflected in member accounts in the "coming weeks".

Lower IHG Rewards Club tier requirements

For those who are trying to reach a higher tier rather than maintain their current level, IHG will still lower the criteria to earn elite tier status by at least 25%. 

For example, prospective Spire Elite members would need to stay 55 Qualifying Nights this calendar year instead of 75.

Previously, the chain also paused the expiry of points for base-level Club members until December 2020 and extended paid InterContinental Ambassador membership by three months.

Relief for Ambassador, Royal Ambassador members

Travellers with paid-for Ambassador memberships were previously given a complimentary three-month extension to their status on March 15 2020, plus a three-month extension on unused 'weekend night certificates'.

However, cardholders with the higher-tier Royal Ambassador card are being contacted by email this week to advise that their exclusive status will now be honoured until January 2022.

Royal Ambassador members will also receive an additional 'free night' certificate and an extra 'weekend night' certificate in 2021.

Status extensions are now the norm

IHG Rewards is one of the last few major hotel loyalty schemes to offer a blanket status extension, having previously held out as Hilton introduced its generous changes first, followed by World of Hyatt and Marriott Bonvoy.

Other programs that are offering status extensions include Best Western Rewards, Meliá Rewards, Radisson Rewards and Shangri-La Golden Circle.

At the time of writing, Accor ALL is still hesitant about a global status extension, having only offered it to residents within Greater China so far. Instead, all other members have been credited 50% of the requirements to maintain their current status.

Learn more: These hotel loyalty programs will extend your status

Brandon Loo

Brandon is our Perth-based writer with a focus on frequent flyer points and travel guides. On his travels, he enjoys tucking into local delicacies, discovering new cocktails, and making aeroplane food look good on camera.

06 Jun 2017

Total posts 38

Can't complain about this, another card that I can keep in my wallet for another year!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2011

Total posts 227

Hi Brandon,

I'm probably wrong, but that photo does look like it is from the Sofitel Darling Harbour which isn't IHG aligned.

10 Jul 2018

Total posts 117

You're right – thanks for picking up on my blip!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 May 2011

Total posts 227

Nice new pic.

Love your work Brandon!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 247

Another reason why I like this group, a proper status extension that everyone can benefit from, well done IHG.

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

20 Jun 2013

Total posts 29

Typical IHG always late to the party....but better late than never!

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

07 Mar 2018

Total posts 14

Maybe I missed something here but it appears Platinum Ambassadors only get the 3 month extension? If so, that only extends my status until end Sep 2020. With travel highly unlikely before end of 2020 this seems like a hollow reward.

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

20 Jun 2013

Total posts 29

Sadly that looks like the case and again one of IHG failings hopefully in the near future they will see the error of thier ways and correct this.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Mar 2019

Total posts 4

As international travel from Australia is banned for the foreseeable future, and even interstate travel is not possible without 14 day quarantine, an extension of 3 months means very little. Hoping IHG will revise this and extend for all elite members until January 2021.

Agreed, good news for RAs, which is good service as you'd expect, but pretty meaningless for normal Ambassadors. I'm Spire Amb, and in the same boat.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

07 Mar 2018

Total posts 14

Cheers Arrigoa2.

Like many others I part with valuable points to gain this privilege and have been a loyal business and leisure customer since around 2006 so I certainly hope IHG come to the party soon.


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