IHG Rewards Club Offering Status Fast Track

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IHG Rewards Club is offering a limited time status fast track. This fast track challenge is pretty easy to complete, but then again, IHG status isn’t exactly the most valuable in the world.

IHG Platinum status after five nights

With a newly launched offer, you can earn status in the IHG Rewards Club program quite easily:

  • Stay two nights within 90 days of registration to earn Gold status through December 2022
  • Stay five nights within 90 days of registration to earn Platinum status through December 2022

A few more things to note:

  • Registration is required prior to your first eligible stay
  • This promotion is valid for registration through August 31, 2021, and stays through November 28, 2021, so you’ll want to time this well based on your planned stays, given the 90 day window
  • A qualifying stay includes all paid nights booked directly with IHG, as long as the rate is at least $30 (award nights don’t qualify)
  • You can combine this with other offers, including IHG’s current global promotion
  • This is a fast track offer and not a status match or status challenge, so there’s no requirement to have elite status with a competitor to take advantage of this

Earn IHG Platinum status after just five nights

This is a good offer, but IHG Rewards Club is weak

If you don’t have status with IHG Rewards Club and were going to stay at IHG properties anyway, then this promotion could definitely be worth taking advantage of. However, I’d note a couple of things:

  • If you have access to US credit cards you can get IHG Platinum status just for having the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review), which is a card that’s worth having in general
  • Don’t get too excited about IHG status, as benefits are very weak; expect bonus points, marginal upgrades, and late check-out subject to availability, but there is no breakfast benefit, and most other benefits aren’t guaranteed

I find IHG Rewards Club status to be useful for when I stay at IHG properties (which is only when they’re the most convenient option, or by far the best deal), but otherwise I usually avoid IHG properties.

Don’t get too excited about elite benefits as an IHG Platinum member

Bottom line

IHG Rewards Club has launched a new status fast track opportunity, allowing members to earn Platinum status after just five nights within 90 days. This is a pretty easy opportunity since you don’t even need status with another program.

However, don’t get too excited about IHG elite benefits either, as they’re among the weakest of any major hotel loyalty program.

Anyone plan to take advantage of this IHG Rewards Club status fast track?

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  1. I registered on the off chance I meet the terms and conditions. I’m not going out of my way to stay at an IHG property over a Hyatt or Marriott.

  2. Agreed the status is weak – but I have almost always received an upgrade when staying at an IHG property so I definitely view that as a perk. That alone has made the card worth it, along with some solid options in more off-the-beaten path locations.

  3. So if I did this and got Plat would I then only need to earn the difference between Plat and Spire to get Spire (currently 25 nights / 25k qualifying points) or the full whack of nights or qualifying points (currently 55/55k)

    @Tracy – the rules seem simple enough to me though you do need to time it right but you often have to do that with offers anyway.

  4. So to get Platinum you stay 5 times OR get their credit card w an $89 annual fee that also gives you a free night each year (which is worth more than the annual fee). Think I’ll just keep their card and either use points or pay for stays at IHG properties as it fits my travel instead of chasing status.

    Why would they even off something like this when you get Platinum simply for having the card – doesn’t make much sense to me

  5. I find the IHG cards to be an inexpensive benefit. Especially in times of late night arrivals/transfers. I have both and am an Ambassador. With that said, I am careful when choosing their properties. If I get stuck at about any airport in the world for a midnight layover, one of IHG hotels will be near by, with a shuttle.

    My next two “Free” room night stays will be in a newly remolded Kimpton Hotel in San Francisco and my weekend Ambassador nights at the Intercontinental Hotel on Knob Hill, old but with a great location and memories.

    The Intercontinental’s in Porto and other parts of Portugal, not the Lisbon Intercontinental, are very good properties. I like their historical properties.

    My favorite Hong Kong hotel within my price range is the Intercontinental in Kowloon. Which I’ve also stayed at with free nights and points. I also have favorite IHG hotels in Mainland China but I no longer go there because of its treatment of Hong Konger’s and Uighurs. So I’ll not identify them.

    My points and money have gone far with at least two Intercontinental beach properties in Thailand. The Bangkok property, while well situated has mold problems so I stopped going their as well as Foshan China.

    In my opinion, my IHG cards are well worth the expense and there are properties well worth staying at around the world.

  6. Once again status means a lot more in Europe. We have gotten suite upgrades without asking, a nice handwritten welcome note with some type of snack. Lounge access is iffy though

  7. Something is wrong with their site, it asks for a promo code when trying to register for the promotion (???).

    I didn’t know IHG hired from Marriott’s IT department =)

  8. AC – not everyone wants – or can even get – an IHG branded credit card offering Plat status.

    In the UK there is no longer a for a fee IHG card offering Platinum for £99 available as it was ended last year.

    There is a no fee card but that only offers gold.

  9. Um…..anyone know what the promo code might be? I’ve read and re-read but alas, I can’t find it. Help please

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