New IHG One Rewards Offers Fast Track to Platinum and Diamond Elite Status

IHG One Rewards members can now get complimentary Platinum Elite status and boost that up to Diamond Elite status with only 15 nights to celebrate the revamp of the rewards program. Members will need to register for this elite status fast track before July 31, 2022.

The New IHG One Rewards Program

Last month, IHG revamped the One Rewards Program. IHG added a new Silver Elite status tier, changed Spire Elite to Diamond Elite, and increased points qualification requirements dramatically. Here’s what travelers now need to earn IHG One Rewards elite status:

Some of the new perks available to Platinum Elite and Diamond Elite status include reward night discounts. Late check-out (subject to availability) was also added to all status levels. Elite status members still have the benefits of a complimentary room upgrade and early check-in (both subject to availability).

Diamond Elite status members have additional benefits of 100% bonus points, free breakfast as a welcome amenity choice, and dedicated Diamond Elite status support.

Free Platinum Elite Status and Fast Track to Diamond Elite

To celebrate the new program, IHG One Rewards members can claim a free upgrade to Platinum Elite status after registering with this link now through July 31, 2022. Upon registering, members will get complimentary Platinum Elite status for 120 days. If you are not already an IHG Rewards member, you can join and register at the same time.

If you want to keep this Platinum Elite status for longer, just stay 5 nights during the 120-day complimentary period. After 5 nights, your Platinum Elite status will be extended until the end of 2023. Members also have the option of staying 1o more nights (for a total of 15 nights) during the 120-day period to bump up to Diamond Elite status until the end of December 2023.

To be clear, you will only need to stay 15 nights within 120 days after registering to get IHG One Rewards Diamond Elite status — instead of the usual requirement of 70 nights!

Terms and Conditions

  • Members must register for this promotion before July 31, 2022.
  • Qualifying stays must be valued at least $30 per night, excluding taxes, fees, and other charges.
  • Award nights won’t count toward this promotion.
  • Bookings made through online travel agencies or other reservation sites such as booking.com or expedia.com are not eligible for this promotion.

Our Take

The terms and conditions for this promotion are a little confusing, as the registration page asks you to select your current loyalty program and tier status from a list, but then doesn’t appear to verify that status. You only have to put in your email address or IHG membership number. The promotion itself calls it a “status challenge”, not a status match. If you’re not already an IHG member, you can join now and take advantage of this promotion.

Don’t forget you’ll already earn free Platinum elite status with the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card or new IHG® Rewards Premier Business Credit Card. But, now you can easily bump up to Diamond Elite status with 15 nights in 120 days instead of 70 in a year to get the extra benefits.

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