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The benefits of IHG Rewards Club elite status

Unlock free Wi-Fi, room upgrades, Kindle eBook downloads and more

Summary

Make your next stay a bit plusher with IHG elite status.

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If you enjoy extra perks like free Wi-Fi, late checkout or dedicated customer service, IHG elite status is a way to make your next hotel stay a little plushier. Qualifying for IHG elite status is simple – IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card holders are automatically granted Platinum Elite Member status.

There are a few different ways to advance through IHG elite status tiers, including staying at a qualifying property and racking up points. Here is a quick breakdown of each tier:

Club Member
Gold Elite Member
Platinum Elite Member
Spire Elite Member
How to qualify

  • Register for IHG Rewards Club
How to qualify

  • 10 qualifying stays in a calendar year
  • 10,000 elite qualifying points
How to qualify

  • 40 qualifying stays in a calendar year
  • 40,000 elite qualifying points
  • IHG Rewards Club Premier card membership
How to qualify

  • 75 qualifying stays in a calendar year
  • 75,000 qualifying points
Base points earned

10 points/dollar

Base points earned

11 points/dollar

Base points earned

15 points/dollar

Base points earned

20 points/dollar

Benefits

  • Exclusive rates
  • Dedicated customer service line
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • $30 spa credit at Kimpton hotels
  • 1 free Amazon Kindle eBook biannually
Benefits

Same benefits as Club members, plus:

  • Late checkout
  • Priority check-in
  • Raid the Bar card at Kimpton hotels
  • 1 free Amazon Kindle eBook per quarter
Benefits

Same benefits as Gold Elite members, plus:

  • Complimentary room upgrades
  • Guaranteed room availability
  • 2 free Amazon Kindle eBooks per quarter
  • Elite rollover nights
Benefits

Same benefits as Platinum Elite members, plus:

  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® Five Star® status
  • Early check-in
  • 3 free Amazon Kindle eBooks per quarter
  • Complimentary night at new hotels

Earn 80,000 bonus points in your first three months

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
IHG Rewards Club Premier card

Why should you get this card?

Though IHG points are a bit inflated, the bonus on the new IHG Rewards Club Premier card is a great incentive to sign up.

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More things to know:

  • 80,000 bonus points if you spend $2,000 in first 3 months
  • 25 points per dollar on IHG hotel stays (10 points per dollar from the card and 15 points per dollar as an IHG Rewards Club member)
  • 2 points per dollar on gas station, grocery store and restaurant purchases
  • 1 point per dollar on other purchases
  • Free hotel night on your card member anniversary
  • Automatic Platinum Elite status with IHG Rewards Club

Is IHG elite status worth it?

For frequent travelers, perks like free Wi-Fi, priority check-in and exclusive member rates have a lot of value. But many of IHG’s elite status benefits go beyond the standard. Here’s a quick summary of the most valuable elite perks:

  • Free Amazon Kindle eBooks – As you advance through elite status tiers, IHG will cover the cost of more Kindle eBooks each quarter. You won’t have to worry about what to read next to the pool on your next stay.  
  • Raid the Bar card – Available at Kimpton hotels, the Raid the Bar card gives eligible members complimentary mini bar access.  
  • Room upgrades – Once you reach Platinum Elite status, you can enjoy a plushier room at no extra cost, whenever available.  
  • Hertz Gold status – Spire Elite members are automatically granted Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® Five Star® status with the popular car rental company. This perk comes with one-car-class upgrades whenever available and bonus points on car rentals. If you often rent a car when you travel, the free upgrades and Hertz points can add up to great savings.  
  • Complimentary night at new hotels – As an added bonus for Spire Elite members, you’ll earn a free night at new properties. That way, you can try out the latest IHG hotel without breaking the bank. (Note: these stays are subject to blackout dates.) 

Shortcuts to IHG elite status

Even if you don’t meet the point or stay requirement for IHG elite status, you can enjoy the perks by signing up for an IHG Rewards Club credit card. IHG Rewards Club Premier cardholders are automatically granted Platinum Elite status.

IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card holders don’t receive automatic elite status, but you’ll only need to put $10,000 on the card a year to snag Gold Elite status.

Also, if you book rooms for yourselves or others through the IHG Business Rewards program, you can use the points from that program to accelerate your way to higher status.

Bottom line

Qualifying for IHG elite status is simple, and even the small perks like free Wi-Fi can make your next vacation more relaxed. Even Rewards Club members who do not meet stay or point requirements can enjoy elite status by signing up for the IHG Rewards Club Premier card.

See Related: IHG® Rewards Club guide: The best ways to earn and use IHG pointsHow much are IHG points worth?8 ways to earn IHG pointsBest ways to redeem IHG pointsWhich IHG credit card is best for you?

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