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.