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What a gem!

Virtually every hotel chain has launched a fall bonus offer, designed to win your business over the other. Bonus points are nice, 20% off is fine, but giving someone a chance to test drive top tier hotel elite guest status is a whole different ballpark. IHG, the group behind Intercontinental, Kimpton and many other preferred hotels is offering a 90 day free trial, allowing you to instantly register for top tier status. Get in while you can, because this offer is hot…

The Offer

It’s super simple. Register for IHG Rewards or link your current account and hit send. Via this offer page, you’ll be able to instant upgrade your account to “Spire Elite” in the IHG Rewards Club scheme for 90 days. The status will expire on the 31st of December, 2018. No previous elite status with any other hotel chain is required. There’s no telling when this offer will expire, so if this could benefit an upcoming hotel stay, or sway some loyalty – dive in now. Offer is here.

Great Move

This is the season where every traveler weighs their loyalty. Was all that effort worth it? Did I really benefit from the benefits I paid so much to receive? This is a brilliant way to pick off potentially disillusioned travelers who’ve experienced a rocky year with their loyalty program. November and December are two of the best times of year to travel thanks to low fares and off peak hotel pricing. Couple this with the top tier elite status and your fall travel may have just received a serious upgrade, not even including the room upgrades!

Fine Print

There’s really not much fine print. It’s important to keep in mind that this is really only worth doing if you plan to actually take advantage of the status benefits. If you have lots of upcoming travel, Marriott’s fast track to Gold or Platinum could also be worth your time. Here’s the t&c’s from IHG themselves. Enjoy your top tier guest status!

HT: VFTW

Gilbert Ott

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13 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting this…I can’t believe there isn’t more publicity about this. Also, the status does not end on Dec. 31, it ends 90 days after you sign up. Though one does need to “consume” the nights to preserve the trial status by Jan. 29. One question I have (though I think I know the answer): they don’t actually give you the 25k points that usually go with this status, do they? Anyway, I signed up, and I hope I’ll be able to add enough IHG stays to an upcoming Asia trip to at least keep Plat status for a year.

  2. I was reading in the fine print on the IHG website that one needs to have a corporate affiliation to take advantage of this offer you don’t speak about that in the article. What is the corporate affiliation and corporate codes necessary qualify?

  3. ” It’s important to keep in mind that this is really only worth doing if you plan to actually take advantage of the status benefits”

    What do you mean by this? I am a last minute traveler because I never know my schedule for at least 2 weeks in advance. So If i were to take advantage of this now, does this mean I cannot take advantage of such an offer in the future?

  4. VERY IMPORTANT – You’re omitting that in addition to registering you have to complete ONE QUALIFYING PAID STAY after registering and by Oct 31. In other words, if you register today then you also have to stay at an IHG hotel either tonight, tomorrow night, or Tuesday night.

    BIG DEAL.

      1. straight from the fine print:
        “All full-time employees of an Eligible Company, who register in advance, stay at any IHG hotel between August 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018 and book through ihg.com or an eligible company booking tool…………”

  5. Here it is, right from the TOS:

    All full-time employees of an Eligible Company, who register in advance, stay at any IHG hotel between August 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018 and book through ihg.com or an eligible company booking tool will retain Spire Elite status after ten (10) qualifying nights and Platinum Elite status after five (5) qualifying nights during the Offer period. If the member does not make the designated nights during the 90 day offer period then they will be downgraded to their previous membership level as of January 30, 2019.

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