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Last week we learned that the new IHG top tier elite status would be called Spire Elite. This elite status can be reached by earning 75,000 qualifying reward points or staying at an IHG hotel for 75 qualifying nights in a calendar year.
Those who have the new elite status level will get all the benefits of Platinum status +100% extra bonus points on qualifying stays and will get to choose between receiving 25,000 points, or upgrading a friend or family member to Platinum elite status.
Staying eligible 75 nights per year in a IHG property isn’t realistic for most of us, but it turns out that some folks have earned the new IHG top tier elite status without trying very hard. This has happened because it seems that the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card sign-up bonus points are currently counting toward the 75,000 points needed to earn Spire elite status.
The co-branded card automatically awards Platinum status, which previously was the highest elite status you could get with IHG Rewards, but now that Spire is the highest elite level it is interesting to note that the sign-up bonus points from the card are getting some folks to the new elite status level much faster than expected.
That said, this could change at any time so I don’t recommend banking on this working into perpetuity, but it is certainly worth checking your IHG account if you happened to get the co-branded IHG card in the last few months. Maybe you have earned (or are close to) Spire elite status and can claim the 25,000 bonus points or gift Platinum to a friend or family member!
Did you earn Spire elite status and not even know it?
Thanks to One Mile at a Time (and readers in that comment section) for sharing that earning Spire status might have been easier than we thought.
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