Last week I wrote about how IHG Rewards Club is introducing a new top tier status level, which they’ll be calling Spire Elite.
This is one of the several changes IHG announced in April, whereby we’re also seeing the qualification requirements for current elite tiers drop, and IHG adding an expiration date for points.
Presently I get IHG Platinum status just for having the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, which I find to be well worth it. Not only does the card offer Platinum status for as long as you have the card, but it also offers 10% off award redemptions and an annual free night certificate, which in and of itself more than justifies the $89 annual fee.
Frankly the benefits of Spire Elite status as such don’t seem to be that impressive. Specifically, here are the new benefits we’re seeing from Spire status:
- A 100% points bonus on top of your base points (as opposed to 50% for Platinum members)
- The ability to receive 25,000 bonus points annually OR gift Platinum status to a friend or family member
So while I was first sort of sad about Spire Elite, given that it made the “free” Platinum status I get with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card second tier, I can’t really complain. Ultimately Spire Elite doesn’t seem to really be focused on offering on-property recognition, but rather about awarding extra bonus points. And that’s not a huge point for me, given that I don’t spend many nights at IHG properties.
That being said, Out & Out is reporting that for many people the welcome bonus from the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card is counting towards Spire status. While the card presently has a welcome bonus where you can earn 125,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.
If you signed up under that offer, I’d suggest taking a look at your IHG Rewards Club account and seeing if your account reflects Spire status. If it does, you’re eligible to select a Choice Benefit, between 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points or being able to gift Platinum status.
If you do show Spire status, then on the left side of your account summary page you should see a section for “Choice Benefits” at the very bottom. Click it, and you’ll be given the option of choosing between 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points and Platinum status to gift.
I wouldn’t necessarily count on the sign-up bonus always counting towards Spire Elite status, though if you’re one of the lucky people who signed up and is eligible for Spire Elite status, take advantage of your bonus ASAP!
If you signed up for the IHG Rewards Club Card when it had an 80,000 point offer, does your account show Spire Elite status? If so, did you select the 25,000 bonus points?