You Might Have Earned New IHG Top Elite Status and Not Know It!

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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.

IHG ChangesThose 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.

IHG Elite Status

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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  1. My girlfriend just got the card, her bonus posted yesterday. They’re not elite qualifying. I called in and asked, she said they should only come from reservations, so if they did post, it’s by mistake. 🙁

  2. Just checked – shows I have 72000 EQP of which 70k was sign up bonus…I got a little spending to do! $1500 grocery for 28k in points sounds like a deal to me!

  3. Oh wow that’s pretty awesome. Haven’t been paying attention to my IHG account lately. Upgraded to Spire and claimed 25,000 points, which posted immediately to my account.

  4. @Allison, I also purchased the daily getaways 100k point package. That did not help me get to the Spire status but the 70k sign up bonus from Chase did help me get to Spire.

  5. Really cool! I got the card with the 80K offer earlier this year, and I just became Spire. Just collected the bonus points! Not sure how long that status will last though…

  6. Thanks for this tip! I got my IHG credit cards about 6 months ago. Sure enough, when I signed into my account, it showed I had been upgraded to Spire (based almost entirely on the signup bonus). I’m sure a new membership card will be coming in the mail, but I was surprised there was no email notification of my new benefits. Fortunately you can claim your 25,000 bonus points online: From your “My Account” page, look for the left-hand navigation bar, scroll all the way to the bottom, and click on “Choice Benefits.” I opted for the bonus points rather than gifting Platinum status, and the points posted to my account immediately. Nice!

  7. I received my 70,000 bonus from my credit card on 6/19, + 2,000 points from my spending on the credit card. My account shows that I need to earn 73,000 more points to reach Spire status. So it looks like point from credit card spending count, but card bonuses do not.

  8. I got my card in April under the 70,000 pt offer but was able to communicate with Chase and get the additional 10,000 pts when I pointed out the 80,000 offer. I also had two stays. One was pad through UR Mall (yes, I now know bad redemption) and one was a 1 night paid stay in May. I got Spire status so my points from the CC sign up counted towards Spire for me. To get the additional 25,000 pts you have to click on “Choice Benefits.” I know it took me a bit of poking around to find the “Choice Benefits” link. I do remember it was on the left side.

  9. So it anecdotally sounds like those who got the card before a certain date perhaps had the sign-up bonus points be elite qualifying and those after a certain date perhaps don’t have the sign-up bonus points count as elite qualifying.

    • I think that is the case since I my sign up bonus was credited at the end of June and I didn’t get Spire status.

  10. So with spire now earning 100% bonus points, can you help me with the math?
    you get 10 base pts / $1, right? so spire means you get 20pts/$1, the credit card gives you 5pts/$1

    but on the share forever promotion dashboard page it also says
    “Now earn 2x base points each night from 7/15 – 8/15.”

    So does that mean I could earn 35pts/$1 on stays in the next month?

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