UPDATE: IHG Rewards Club Gold & Platinum Status Match 2014 (Now Discontinued)

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IHG Rewards Club has been one of the few programs that has been offering straight status matched for their Gold and Platinum levels without any stay requirements (read more here).

IHG Rewards Club Status Match Update 2014

Now, however, IHG Rewards Club has, at least temporarily, discontinued offering status matches altogether.

Here’s copy of IHG Rewards Club response that I received today from a LoyaltyLobby reader:

Thank you for contacting IHG Rewards Club regarding your account. We appreciate the opportunity to assist you with your concerns.

We regret to inform you that we have discontinued our Elite Status Match offer as we are currently reviewing and enhancing this program to better serve our valued members. In the meantime, you may take advantage of our IHG Fast Track to Elite Status program, you may learn more about this by visiting http://www.ihg.com/hotels/us/en/global/enjoy-rewards/fast-track.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you and being of further assistance.

Conclusion

Appears that IHG Rewards Club has β€œenhanced” the status match program. Let’s hope that it returns in some form soon.

There are still several ways of getting elite status with IHG without setting your foot at any of their hotels. You can buy Ambassador membership that comes with the Gold status and then purchase Royal Ambassador status that further elevates your status to Platinum. You can also purchase bonus points packages to go with your stays to earn you Platinum status in just two/three stays.

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  • Amy Isbell

    How can i purchase Royal ambassador status ? up to my knowledge you can purchase ambassador status only

    • Leon

      E-bay πŸ™‚

      • Yep. Seems to be going for around $1,500 at the moment.

  • JJ

    Wow, I was just going to status match to Platinum this week. Procrastination really sucks. I wonder if you can still attempt it as it may not have been communicated to all the agents yet?

    • There is no hurt trying, but expect to get the reply above.

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  • Travelista

    John, it would also seem that bought points are now longer EQP?

    • They discontinued that already more than a year ago.Wrote a piece about it here on LoyaltyLobby.

      • Travelista

        In this article you wrote “You can also purchase bonus points packages to go with your stays to earn you Platinum status in just two/three stays.”
        What I’m seeing is these points do not count in EQP?

        • Brian

          Bought points that are part of a a stay (like a 5k bonus point package) count towards status. Simply buying points does not.

          • travelista

            I stayed on a bonus package rate this past weekend. The points posted accordingly, but EQP certainly didn’t. my question is – is there a sweep (eqp takes longer to post), did the property screw up or has IHG policy changed?

            travelista

          • They should post as EQP automatically. You have to contact IHG. The property must have coded them incorrectly.

  • dude26

    GEEZ….lucky I got a platinum match recently! thanks to you John!:)

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  • You have to bear in mind that the CC option is not available for most. You can still essentially buy Platinum by buying bonus points packages.

  • cc

    Gold can be bought for $50? May I know how? According to their website I have to pay $200 for the Ambassador status and get Gold.

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