Score IHG Elite Status in Just Two Nights Through New Fast Track Offer

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IHG is once again bringing back its fast track to elite status promotion. Right now, IHG Rewards members can quickly obtain Gold Elite or Platinum Elite status by staying just 2 nights or 5 nights, respectively.

IHG Elite Status Fast Track Offer Details

  • Registration is open until August 31, 2021.
  • Members have 90 days following registration to complete the requirements.
  • Platinum Elite status requires just 5 nights (normally 40).
  • Gold Elite status requires just 2 nights (normally 10).
  • Unfortunately, there is currently no offer to fast-track to IHG’s highest elite status, Spire Elite.

Get IHG elite status through this fast-track offer

IHG Gold Elite and Platinum Elite Status

Gold Elite status is IHG's lowest elite tier and the perks are pretty lackluster — especially for something named after such a shiny element. Benefits include 10% bonus points, priority check-in, extended checkout, no expiration of points, and special perks at Kimpton Hotels like a $30 In-Room Spa credit and a $10 Raid the Bar credit.

Platinum Elite status with IHG isn't quite in the same ballpark as some competitor's mid-tier statuses when it comes to benefits. For example, Hilton Gold members receive free breakfast, but IHG Platinum Elites aren't guaranteed breakfast. In addition to Gold Elite bennies, Platinum Elites get 50% bonus points on stays, complimentary upgrades, and guaranteed room availability.

Other Ways to Get IHG Elite Status

This fast-track promotion is almost as easy as it gets. But shockingly, there is an even easier way to earn IHG elite status. Chase issues two variations of consumer IHG credit cards. And, you can get elite status through either.

You can also earn Platinum Elite status with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card. Right now, the sign-up offer is 125,000 bonus points plus a Reward Night after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.

The IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card doesn't come with IHG elite status, but you can earn Gold Elite status after spending $10,000 in a year. This $0-annual fee card currently offers 60,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.

Status Matching

One benefit which could justify mattress running for status is that IHG Rewards members can use their Gold or Platinum status to match to other loyalty programs like: 

  • Hilton Diamond
  • Choice Privileges Platinum 
  • Wyndham Diamond
  • Radisson Gold
  • Sonesta Travel Pass Elite

Gold Elites can match to:

  • Radisson Rewards Gold
  • Hilton Gold
  • Sonesta Travel Pass Preferred

Final Thoughts

With just 2 nights required for Gold Elite and only 5 nights for Platinum Elite, this fast track offer seems kind of ridiculous — in a good way. But unless you have stays already planned with IHG, it's probably not worth going out of your way to try and qualify.

And even then, if you do stay at IHGs often and qualify under Chase's 5/24 rule, you'd probably be better off just getting one of the Chase IHG credit cards with their complimentary status.

Then again, it's only 2 to 5 nights.

What do you think? Is this a mattress-run-worthy cause?

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    I’ve enjoyed having IHG Platinum Elite status through a Chase credit card for several years now. IMHO it’s still worth it despite the limitations on which properties accept the free nights. Looking forward to spending my next annual free night award.

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    soulmist07 says:

    My husband and I have enjoyed IHG elite status. The free nights that accompany the credit card are now limited to their lower end properties, but we’ve found them useful in two situations. 1) More remote areas in Europe where you want to go with a name brand hotel (Holiday Inn Express for eg). 2) If you are staying at a hotel for a very short amount of time (night before transatlantic flight) and just need a no stress place to spend the night.

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    I choose IHG due the loyalty program and the points, I have been Spire Elite member for several years and with this COVID situation I stopped traveling for almost a year (Home office) getting a down grade of my status level, this offer is very good to continue with the track of points and recovering the advantages of being a member of the IHG program.

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    I find that I am not interested in trying to get status with IHG because of what you laid out with the benefits. I don’t find it worth it really. Often hotels don’t give you the benefits anyway. It’s nice when they do and nice to earn points fasters though.

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    Certainly not worth changing stays from anywhere else but if you have the stays planned anyway, it’s a no brainer. I have had Platinum status for years with IHG through the credit card. I don’t think it has ever resulted in a better room or anything other than more points. However, you may as well earn as many nights as possible with your stays as the free nights can be very worthwhile . Even if it is just at an airport hotel because you have an early flight in the morning.

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    Linda Mary Falat says:

    Hopefully my fall trip will happen, I definitively will be considering an IHG hotel.

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    I would tend to agree with your analysis. While there are IHG properties around the World that would be interesting places to stay, I doubt I would have a chance to explore them with either status before the end of the year. Especially since, I will need to work hard to keep the status’ I currently have with both Hilton and Marriott.

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      Yes, with a another year of at best reduced travel, I find myself having to pick a program or two to prioritize and just focus on protecting status there.