IHG Rewards Lowers Elite Status Requirements For 2020


IHG Rewards has just 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.


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. IHG has taken a bit of both. Ambassadors get a 3-month extension, and IHG Rewards members get a reduced qualification bar to reach.

Of course, it remains to be seen how long the current travel restrictions continue for. If they continue on for several months, even the 25% reduction may not be enough.

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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.