IHG Rewards Club Elite Status Guide

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Earning IHG Elite Status

The lowest level of status is called Club, which you get when you simply sign up for the IHG rewards program.

Gold Elite

Platinum Elite

Spire Elite

  • 75 nights per year OR
  • 75,000 Elite Qualifying Points

IHG Elite Status Benefits

All Elite Levels Plus Club

  • Reward nights count towards elite status
  • Free Internet

Gold Elite Benefits

  • 11 points per dollar (10% bonus) on charges to your hotel bill (room rate, food, beverage, parking, etc.)
    • Only 5.5 points per dollar at Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites.
    • Kimpton Hotels only award points based on your room rate (food and beverage is excluded)
  • Priority check-in
  • Extended check-out
  • Welcome Amenity (points or drink/snack)

Platinum Elite Benefits

  • 15 points per dollar (50% bonus) on charges to your hotel bill (room rate, food, beverage, parking, etc.)
    • Only 7.5 points per dollar at Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites.
    • Kimpton Hotels only award points based on your room rate (food and beverage is excluded)
  • Complimentary room upgrades (if available)
  • Priority check-in
  • Extended check-out
  • Elite rollover nights
  • Guaranteed room availability
  • Welcome Amenity (points or drink/snack)

Spire Elite Benefits

  • 20 points per dollar (100% bonus) on charges to your hotel bill (room rate, food, beverage, parking, etc.)
    • Only 10 points per dollar at Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites.
    • Kimpton Hotels only award points based on your room rate (food and beverage is excluded)
  • Complimentary room upgrades (if available)
  • Choice Benefit on reaching Spire status (either 25,000 points or you can gift platinum elite status to a friend)
  • Priority check-in
  • Extended check-out
  • Elite rollover nights
  • Guaranteed room availability
  • Hertz Five Star elite status
  • Welcome Amenity (points or drink/snack)

Intercontinental Ambassador

This is a separate elite status that only works at Intercontinental Hotels, which means that only having Platinum or Spire Elite offers fewer benefits at Intercontinental Hotels. This status is based on a yearly membership fee of $200 ($150 at renewal) rather than a certain number of nights stayed. I would recommend you buy this status only if you are guaranteed to stay an Intercontinental Hotel at least twice a year and you can use the weekend night certificate each year as well. 

Ambassador Benefits

  • Guaranteed room upgrade every stay
  • One free weekend night certificate valid on the second night of paid weekend stay
  • One free paid movie per stay
  • Fresh fruit upon arrival
  • In-room mineral water that is refreshed daily
  • In-room welcome gift
  • Dedicated check-in area
  • Free newspaper delivered to your room.