IHG Rewards Extends Status until Jan 2022

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IHG Rewards has announced that it will be extending status by one year. As a result, members will now keep the status they earned in 2019 for two years. As such, your status is will be good through to early 2022.

This status extension follows their earlier announcement that they would reduce elite status requirements in 2020.

In good news for Spire members, the extension will include the Choice benefit. As a result, Spire members will be able to choose between 25,000 Points or gifting Platinum Elite.

The extension will be reflected in members’ accounts over the coming weeks.

Lower Elite Status Requirements

Last month, IHG Rewards announced that it is lowering the elite status requirements for 2020. The reduction is a recognition that many members have had their 2020 travels curtailed.

The reductions of at least 25%, affect both the Elite Qualifying Points and Night requirements. In addition, each level sees a proportionate reduction.

The following graphic, from IHG, shows the changes:

This particular change affects all members worldwide, except for those in Greater China which have a separate policy in place.

Ambassador 3 month extension

IHG is taking a different approach to Ambassador memberships. Ambassador members will be receiving a 3-month extension.

This likely reflects the fact that IHG Rewards status is based on a calendar year, while Ambassador years are based on when you sign up.

Thoughts

With the continuing cuts in travel, more and more programs have been making adjustments. Some are giving outright extensions, while others are making other adjustments. Initially, IHG fired off with reduced tier requirements. However, as the current situation looks to continue for a while has now opted to extend status for another year.

For someone that still gets to travel, this can open up an opportunity to go up a level. Having said that, not many of us are in a position to travel at the moment.

At this point, the Ambassador extension remains at 3 months. They may need to add another 3 months onto that in due course.

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Mark is the founder of FlyStayPoints, and caught the travel bug early in life. He discovered the benefits of travel loyalty programs in 2001, and is always learning how they can make travel better. While work takes him between Perth and Melbourne, he is always plotting his next adventure.