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IHG Hotels & Resorts, headquartered in England, is an established hotel brand dating back to the 1700s. The brand has nearly 6,000 hotels across over 100 countries, similar to the footprint you’ll find with the Hilton and Marriott brands.
The highlight of the IHG One Rewards loyalty program is its global footprint. What the program lacks in elite benefits it makes up for by having properties across the world. IHG also has 17 brands, ensuring its members have the option to book stays at luxury brands like InterContinental Hotels & Resorts or mainstream brands like Holiday Inn.
In this article, we’ll cover all of the IHG One Rewards elite tiers, as well as the benefits offered at each tier. The goal is to have an understanding of all of the nuances of the IHG One Rewards loyalty program. You’ll be armed with the information you need to decide if IHG One Rewards elite status makes sense for you.
|Benefit||Club Member||Silver Elite||Gold Elite||Platinum Elite||Diamond Elite|
|Member Rates and Promotions||X||X||X||X||X|
|No Blackout Dates for Reward Nights||X||X||X||X||X|
|Reward Nights Count Towards Elite Status||X||X||X||X||X|
|Late 2 p.m. Checkout (When Available)||X||X||X||X||X|
|Points Don’t Expire||X||X||X||X|
|Bonus Earnings on Top of Base Points||20%||40%||60%||100%|
|Elite Rollover Nights||X||X||X|
|Room Upgrades (When Available)||X||X|
|Guaranteed Room Availability (72 hours)||X||X|
|Reward Night Discounts||X||X|
|Welcome Amenity at Check-In||Points or Drink/Snack||Free Breakfast, Points, or Drink/Snack|
|Early Check-In (When Available)||X||X|
|Dedicated Diamond Support||X|
|Hertz Five Star Elite Status||X|
Club Member is the lowest level in the IHG One Rewards program and there are no requirements for this level. In addition to member rates and promotions and free internet, Club Members have the ability for reward nights to count toward elite status with no blackout dates.
Subject to availability and not available in all regions, 2 p.m. late checkout is a benefit provided to Club level members.
Silver Elite status is the entry-level elite tier in the IHG One Rewards program. This status is earned after staying 10 qualifying nights in a calendar year or by holding the IHG One Rewards Traveler Credit Card.
Members who earn IHG One Rewards elite status enjoy the benefit of their points not expiring. However, if the elite member drops down to Club status, the points expire after 12 months if there’s no activity in the account.
Silver Elite members earn a 20% bonus on earned points. Members 10 points per dollar spent at most IHG properties, resulting in Silver Elite members earning an additional 2 points per dollar spent (12x total).
This status is earned after staying 20 qualifying nights or earning 40,000 elite-qualifying points in a calendar year. Members can also qualify for Gold Elite status by spending $20,000 plus an additional purchase in a calendar year on the IHG Traveler card.
Gold Elite members earn a 40% bonus on points earned. IHG One Rewards members earn 10 points per dollar spent at most IHG properties, resulting in Gold Elite members earning an additional 4 points per dollar spent (14x total).
Any nights earned in excess of the 20 required for Gold Elite status can be rolled over to count toward the next year’s status.
Once a member earns 20 nights they can choose one of the following Milestone Rewards:
Once a member earns 30 nights they can choose one of the following Milestone Rewards:
Members can earn Platinum Elite status by staying 40 qualifying nights or by earning 60,000 elite qualifying points in a calendar year. Alternatively, you can get Platinum Elite status by holding one of the following credit cards:
Subject to availability and as determined by the hotel, Platinum Elite members will be offered a complimentary upgrade. Room upgrades include corner rooms, newly renovated rooms, rooms on higher floors, or rooms with preferred views.
Hot Tip: The upgrade only applies to the member’s room and not other rooms booked by the member. Suites and specialty rooms are excluded.
Platinum Elite members earn a 60% bonus on points earned. IHG One Rewards members earn 10 points per dollar spent at most IHG properties, resulting in Platinum Elite members earning an additional 6 points per dollar spent (16x total).
Platinum Elite members are guaranteed 1 room on reservations made at least 72 hours in advance. Room availability is determined solely by the property and is not guaranteed during times of extraordinary demand. Reward nights are excluded from this benefit and the member must make a reservation through the IHG One Rewards Service Center.
Platinum Elite members will receive a welcome amenity of either points or a drink/snack at check-in. At Kimpton Hotels, the amenity will be a Raid the Bar credit.
Platinum Elite members can get an early check-in, if available.
Once a member earns 40 nights they can choose 2 of the following Milestone Rewards:
Once a member earns 50 or 60 nights they can choose one of the following Milestone Rewards at each milestone:
You’ll need to earn 70 qualifying nights or 120,000 elite qualifying points in a calendar year to get top-tier Diamond Elite status. You can earn it by spending $40,000 on the IHG Premier card or IHG Premier Business card in a calendar year.
Diamond Elite status members enjoy all of the perks of the preceding elite tiers, plus these additional benefits.
Diamond Elite members earn a 100% bonus on points earned. IHG One Rewards members earn 10 points per dollar spent at most IHG properties, resulting in Diamond Elite members earning an additional 10 points per dollar spent (20x total).
Diamond Elite members will get Hertz Five Star elite status.
Diamond Elite members can get a free hot breakfast for 2 as a welcome amenity. There are some Kimpton locations that will be excluded from this benefit.
This is a new benefit for Diamond Elite members, but details of this perk haven’t been released yet.
Once a member earns 70 nights they can choose 2 of the following Milestone Rewards:
Once a member earns 80, 90, and 100 nights they can choose one of the following Milestone Rewards at each milestone:
In terms of footprint, the IHG One Rewards program looks and feels similar to the Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy programs. Each of these brands has a ton of properties across the world. The goal is to ensure its members will come to its brand first, knowing one of its hotels is likely located in the city they are traveling to.
The new IHG One Rewards program introduced a new elite status tier and some new benefits, overall making the program more appealing for travelers.
For those of you who take on IHG One Rewards elite status, we recommend holding the IHG Premier card that comes with Platinum Elite status. That puts you at least within striking distance of the nights or points required to earn top-tier Diamond Elite status.
The information regarding the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
Bonus points and base points are the 2 types of points in the IHG One Rewards program. Bonus points are primarily earned through things like promotions and elite level bonuses. Base points are earned for hotel stays, as well as several partner programs.
In addition to being used for award stays, base points count toward your elite status and qualify you for member-level upgrades. Bonus points do not count towards your elite status.
Points earned from the IHG branded credit cards do not count toward elite status.
The main benefit of IHG One Rewards Gold Elite status is the 40% bonus points and the ability to earn rollover nights.
Benefits offered include no blackout dates for reward nights, reward nights counting towards elite status, late checkout, and free internet.
Once you have earned IHG One Rewards elite status in any calendar year, you will maintain that status through the end of the following calendar year. For example, if you earn elite status in 2022, you will hold that status through the end of 2023.
Hotel stays can be booked for as few as 15,000 points per night. Sign up for IHG One Rewards email alerts and you’ll have the opportunity to book hotels on the cheap in select markets around the world.
No, purchased points don’t count toward IHG One Rewards elite status.
IHG Rewards was rebranded in April 2022 as IHG One Rewards. With the new name came new benefits, including 2 p.m. late checkout for all members, and perks like reward night discounts and a welcome amenity for Platinum Elite and Diamond Elite members. Milestone Rewards is a new program introduced at the same time that offers perks like confirmable suite upgrades, bonus points, and food and beverage rewards.
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Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Michael took his first international trip in 2013 with friends to the Bahamas. Although he didn’t travel much in his younger years, on that trip, he caught the travel bug and has been hooked ever since.
Michael first caught wind of the points and miles game in 2014 while at a bar in Washington, DC where the conversation amongst friends was quickly derailed because of an alert on a friend’s phone about a mistake fare. That’s where the love affair with points and miles began.
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