IHG Rewards Club

Membership

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Membership Levels

You can qualify for different membership levels depending on how often you stay at IHG properties and how many points you earn in a calendar year. The Rewards Club program is divided into four levels: Club, Gold Elite, Platinum Elite and Spire Elite. You can also become an InterContinental Ambassador for an extra fee or an InterContinental Royal Ambassador by exclusive invitation.

Club

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free amenities
  • Member discounts

When you enroll in the IHG Rewards Club program, you are automatically granted Club status and accrue five or 10 points per dollar spent at participating IHG properties (exact totals vary by brand). Plus, you'll receive basic membership benefits, including free internet access, custom stay preferences, a $30 in-room spa credit (at participating hotels), two free Amazon Kindle e-books every year, the ability to earn points through IHG partners like Apple and the Your Rate program, which gives members access to exclusive rates and bonus points when booking directly through IHG. Your reward nights will also count toward achieving elite status. To keep your points or miles from expiring, you will need to stay at an IHG property at least once every calendar year.

Gold Elite

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Free amenities
  • Member discounts

If you stay between 10 and 39 nights in a calendar year at any IHG hotel or accrue 10,000 elite qualifying points, you will become a Gold Elite member. On top of the benefits afforded by Club status, you will qualify for priority check-in and late checkout, receive Raid the Bar minibar credits (at participating hotels), get a welcome amenity and enjoy a free Amazon Kindle e-book per quarter. You will also get a 10% points bonus in addition to the points accumulated during each stay. Your points will not expire unless you drop down to Club level from an elite level. To maintain Gold Elite status, you must meet minimum nights or elite qualifying points requirements each year.

Platinum Elite

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free room upgrades
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Free amenities
  • Member discounts

Once you stay at an IHG property 40 to 74 times in a calendar year (or accrue 40,000 elite qualifying points), you will be rewarded with Platinum Elite status. As a Platinum Elite member, you'll enjoy all of the perks given to Gold Elite members, plus complimentary room upgrades (when available), guaranteed room availability (as long as you book at least 72 hours in advance) and a 50% earnings bonus on top of your base points. You'll also get a dedicated customer service phone line. To make it easier to maintain elite status, IHG offers Elite Rollover Nights, which means if you accumulate more than the qualifying nights needed for Platinum Elite status in a calendar year (41 nights or more), they will remain in your account through the following calendar year. You will need to maintain Platinum Elite's minimum stay or elite qualifying points requirements annually to keep receiving Platinum Elite membership benefits.

Spire Elite

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free room upgrades
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Free amenities
  • Member discounts

After staying at any IHG property for 75 nights in a calendar year or collecting 75,000 elite qualifying points, you will be granted Spire Elite status. In addition to all of the benefits offered to Platinum Elite members, you'll be rewarded with a 100% earnings bonus on top of your base points. You'll also get three free Amazon Kindle e-books per quarter. If you stay regularly at Kimpton properties, you can become a Spire Elite Inner Circle member by exclusive invitation. If you become an Inner Circle member, you'll receive an Inner Circle amenity and a complimentary Chef's Taste amenity during your stay in addition to the aforementioned perks. Spire Elite members who accumulate 76 qualifying nights or more in a calendar year can keep them the following year as part of IHG's Elite Rollover Nights perk. Minimum stay and elite qualifying points requirements must be met annually to maintain Spire Elite status.

InterContinental Ambassador

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free nights
  • Free room upgrades
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Free amenities
  • Member discounts

For an initial fee of $200, you can supplement your membership with the InterContinental Ambassador status. If you are not already an IHG Rewards Club member when you become an InterContinental Ambassador, you will automatically be enrolled in the program. You will receive extra perks and gifts, including a snack for Platinum or Spire Elite members, a complimentary weekend night certificate (during weekend stays booked with the Ambassador Weekend rate), a guaranteed room upgrade and late checkout, among other perks. These benefits are only awarded by InterContinental properties; however, your rewards club status will be honored by other IHG brands. After one year of membership, an annual renewal fee of $200 or 40,000 points applies to keep your InterContinental Ambassador benefits.

InterContinental Royal Ambassador

Benefits include:

  • Ability to earn and use points
  • Free nights
  • Free room upgrades
  • Priority check-in/out
  • Free amenities
  • Member discounts

The InterContinental Royal Ambassador status, the highest tier within the IHG Rewards Club, is only granted via exclusive invitation from the program to InterContinental Ambassador members. If you're invited to be a Royal Ambassador, you will receive a guaranteed two-room category upgrade, where you can enjoy a $50 minibar credit per night (up to $200 per stay). You'll also have access to the Club InterContinental lounge (at select hotels) and will have amenity or destination fees waived (where charged).

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