IHG One Rewards will launch new elite and milestone benefits with a status challenge in early June.

Any IHG One Rewards member, excluding those in Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), can sign up and receive instant Platinum status for 120 days or until the end of 2022. You will need to spend 5 nights within 120 days to retain your days until the end of 2023 or 15 days to upgrade to Diamond.

You can access this offer on the IHG website here.

Key Points

  • This offer is available to everyone outside of Greater China (simply select one from the menu)
  • The 120-day period begins when you register and the registration deadline is July 31, 2022
  • Award stays are not considered eligible for this promotion or stays with a spend of up to $30
  • You receive instant Platinum status (offer status is 120 days, but website shows through December 31, 2022)
  • 5 nights reserved for Platinum or 15 nights upgraded to Diamond until December 31, 2023

Platinum Status Challenge

Diamond Status Challenge

IHG Identity Challenge Program

Platinum and Diamond benefits

The main benefits of Platinum status are 60% base points and upgrade rewards. Diamond members are eligible for breakfast, 100% base points bonus and better upgrade potential.

Milestone Awards

You need to reach a minimum of 40 nights in 2022 (award stays also qualify) to receive lounge access at IHG hotels with award stays. You can then select it as a milestone award.

Registration:

I decided to register a family member account for this offer.

The confirmation email came and showed no status.

The status challenge tracks fine on the My Offers.

But the status page shows that the Platinum is valid through December 31, 2022, and not 120 days as the promo suggests.

Conclusion

This is an excellent offer to get Diamond status through December 31, 2023, by consuming 15 nights within 120 days of registration for this promotion.

It allows members to try out the refreshed program with better benefits, as I outlined in the piece when these changes were announced.

You do need to consume 40 nights by the end of the year to get lounge access at InterContinental and other hotels that have them. If you don’t stay at full-service and luxury IHG hotels at all, this is of no benefit to you.

Terms & Conditions of this Offer:

To participate in the IHG One Rewards “Status Challenge” promotion (“Promotion”), an individual must be an IHG One Rewards member and must register for the Promotion under their member number. The Promotion registration period begins on May 18, 2022 and ends on July 31, 2022 (“Promotion Registration Period”). Once a member registers for the Promotion, the member will automatically be upgraded to IHG One Rewards Platinum Elite status and can start enjoying the associated benefits. This Promotion is not available to members who reside in Greater China.

A member’s upgrade to Platinum Elite status through this Promotion will remain in effect for the 120-day period immediately following their registration. A member, however, can keep their IHG One Rewards Platinum Elite status, or even elevate themselves to Diamond Elite status, through the end of December 2023 by having a certain number of qualifying night stays during their 120-day post-registration period (the “Stay Period”). Specifically, a member with five (5) qualifying nights during their Stay Period will keep their IHG One Rewards Platinum Elite status through the end of December 2023, and if the member stays an additional ten (10) qualifying nights (for a total of fifteen (15) qualifying nights) within their 120-day Stay Period, they will earn IHG One Rewards Diamond Elite status through the end of December 2023. Because this 120-day “Stay Period” follows a member’s registration for the Promotion, each member who registers will have their own Stay Period. By way of example, a member who registers on June 20, 2022 will have a 120-day Stay Period beginning on the date of registration (June 20, 2022) and ending on October 18 , 2022 to complete their five (5) qualifying nights and keep Platinum Elite status, or their ten (10) additional (15 in total) qualifying nights to achieve Diamond Elite status, through the end of December 2023. The standard requirements for achieving various levels of Elite status under the new IHG One Rewards program, which would apply once any Platinum Elite or Diamond Elite status awarded under this special Promotion expires, are included in the IHG One Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions, which can be found at here.

To be a qualifying night under this Promotion, the room night must be part of a Qualifying Stay. Only those qualifying nights falling within the member’s Stay Period are counted for purposes of the Promotion. Room nights prior to registration or outside of a member’s Stay Period are not included. A “Qualifying Stay” is a minimum one (1)-night stay booked under a Qualifying Rate, with total spend exceeding US $30 (or local currency equivalent) for each night. Bookings made through on-line travel agencies or other reservation sites such as booking.com or expedia.com are not eligible for this Promotion. For additional details on Qualifying Rates, please see the full IHG One Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions. If more than one member checks into the same room, only one member is eligible to count the room nights towards the Promotion (for those nights that qualify). If a member books more than one room on the same night, the member will only receive credit for qualifying nights for one room.

Registration for this Promotion may require the input of information relating to a member’s affiliation with other hotel loyalty programs. IHG reserves the right to verify any representations made as to participation and status in such programs.

This Promotion and IHG One Rewards membership are subject to the terms and conditions of the IHG® Rewards program and/or the IHG One Rewards program, as may be applicable given the ongoing transition from the IHG Rewards program to the IHG One Rewards program. The terms and conditions for these programs may be found at IHG One Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions or by visiting www.ihg.com/onerewards, and are subject to change at any time without notice. IHG expressly reserves the right to remove a member’s points, downgrade their status, or cancel their account if fraudulent use of the Promotion is detected, and any fraudulent activity relating to a member’s account, this Promotion, or restricted rate offerings is subject to the IHG One Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions (as applicable), including any of the identified actions that may be taken in response to such activity. To the extent permitted by applicable law, IHG reserves the right of final interpretation of the Promotion, as well as the right to cancel, terminate, suspend and/or modify the Promotion at any time. Members must make any promotional inquiries by 60 days from the end of the promotional period, which for this purpose is November 29, 2022.

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