IHG Membership Levels – How to Achieve Elite Status Faster

ihg rewards clubThe InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG)® Rewards Club is the world’s first hotel loyalty program that caters to members by offering more ways to redeem points at the 4,900 IHG hotel locations worldwide. With a Club, Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, or Spire Elite membership status, you’ll enjoy more and more benefits with each level you reach.

IHG Rewards Club membership levels

The membership levels of the IHG Rewards Club program are divided and based on paid nights per calendar year: Club member, Gold Elite, Platinum Elite, and Spire Elite.  Here are some of the benefits of being a Rewards member.

IHG Membership Levels

Club Member

Qualification: This is the status you earn by signing up for free. Becoming a member enables you to earn and redeem points at over 4,900 IHG hotels worldwide. Join IHG Rewards Club today.

Benefits: Club members get access to free internet as well as the daily weekday paper. Points can be redeemed for over 4,900 IHG hotels and over 400 airlines worldwide, with no blackout dates for Reward Nights.

Gold Elite

Qualification: Staying at least 15 nights, earning 20,000 Elite qualifying points or staying 10 nights in 3 different IHG hotel brands within one year will earn you Gold Elite status.

Benefits: As a Gold Elite, you will receive all the aforementioned benefits of a Club member, as well as priority check-in on guaranteed reservations, an exclusive Gold customer service phone number, and a 10% bonus on base points.

Platinum Elite

Qualification: Staying at least 50 Elite qualifying nights, earning 60,000 Elite qualifying points, or staying 40 Elite qualifying nights at 4 IHG hotel brands in a calendar year will earn you Platinum Elite status.

Benefits: As a Platinum Elite, you will receive all the aforementioned benefits of a Gold Elite. You also have the ability to rollover your extra nights towards next year’s qualification, priority check-in on guaranteed reservations, complimentary room upgrades, guaranteed room availability, access to exclusive Platinum Elite Phone Number, and a 50% bonus on all base points.

Spire Elite

Qualification: Staying at least 75 Elite qualifying nights or earning 75,000 Elite qualifying points.

Benefits: This is the newest top membership level that IHG has unveiled, and its perks include 100% bonus points on stays, rollover nights, room upgrades, and an exclusive Choice Benefit of receiving either 25,000 points or upgrading a friend/family member to Platinum status.

IHG®Rewards Club Reward Nights consumed by members will be counted as Qualifying Nights towards Elite membership qualifications.

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Platinum elite status with IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card

There is no fast way to Spire Elite via hotel stays. One shortcut would be to apply for the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, which is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 60,000 Elite qualifying points when you spend $1,000 within the first 3 months; this comes with automatic Platinum elite status (which has requirements 40 nights/40,000 points each year). The first year has no annual fee; thereafter the annual fee is $49, but you also receive an annual free night to use at any IHG hotel worldwide, which cancels out the fee.

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