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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 November 30, 2021 (originally 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.
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 150,000 bonus points 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.
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
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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