IHG Rewards extending elite status by 12 months
IHG Rewards will automatically be extending all members’ elite status through February 2023, which represents a 12 month extension. This applies to all active Gold, Platinum, and Spire Elite members. This update was posted to IHG’s travel advisories page.
Prior to this, IHG had announced a reduction in elite status requirements for 2021, but not an outright status extension. For example, the requirements for Spire Elite were reduced from 75,000 points to 55,000 points (and that could still be useful if you’re qualifying for the status for the first time, rather than requalifying).
Back in May, IHG Rewards also announced a further extension of free night certificates. All certificates issued in 2020 are now valid through December 31, 2021. I hope there’s a further extension, but there haven’t been any further updates on that front.
This is the right thing to do, but…
It’s good to see IHG Rewards extending elite status for another year, though I’m sure I’m not the only one who has IHG status but won’t benefit from this. That’s because IHG makes it very easy to earn elite status with credit cards.
The IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card (review) is a phenomenal credit card that offers IHG Rewards Platinum status for as long as you have the card, along with all kinds of other great benefits. I find the card to be worth keeping for the other perks alone, and therefore IHG Platinum status is just an additional benefit that’s not costing me anything.
Then again, IHG Rewards elite status is also just about the weakest of any program — no elite tiers offer complimentary breakfast, guaranteed suite upgrades, guaranteed late check-out, etc. The status doesn’t make me seek out IHG properties, but rather if an IHG property happens to be the best option for my travels, I stay there.
IHG Rewards will be extending status by a further year, through February 2023. IHG Rewards is now the third major hotel loyalty program to extend status a second time, along with Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy.
Are you happy to see IHG extending elite status by a year?