IHG Rewards Club changed what points qualifies towards Gold/Platinum status qualification on January 1, 2013.
Previously, all points from all sources counted and you could easily get Platinum status by signing up for all the promotions in just a handful of paid stays (or less).
There are still ways, however, to fast track your status to Gold or Platinum status by taking advantage of the Bonus Points Packages that many of the hotels offer.
Rate dependent bonus points are qualifying base points.
Word of caution: The bonus points packages are usually offered at a premium and, in most cases, you end up paying dearly for the bonus points. Obviously this doesn’t matter if someone else ends up picking up the bill.
There are still, however, instances when these Bonus Points Packages can make sense.
Here are Bonus Points Packages offered around the world:
IHG Rewards Club doesn’t have a similar page for properties in North America likely due to the number of participating properties.
Here are two examples with 25,000 Bonus Points packages (that can actually make sense!)
Hotel Indigo Brooklyn:
The hotel has 25,000 bonus points package at rate of 179.00 for a Sunday night in March. That is $90 higher than their lowest rate for the night. You can access Indigo Brooklyn’s website here.
Holiday Inn New York City Midtown-31st St
The 25,000 bonus points package rate is $85 higher than the lowest prepaid rate. You can access Holiday Inn New York City Midtown-31st St website here.
Here’s example from 25K bonus points package stay:
A LoyaltyLobby reader stayed at the Indigo hotel in Brooklyn and paid the 25K bonus points rate. The bonus points never posted (not really a surprise).
IHG Rewards Club added them manually after the reader filed for a points discrepancy. They counted, as they should have, towards the 60K base points required for Platinum status and qualified the reader instantly for Gold status.
There are instances when paying extra for these bonus points packages can make sense. These two hotels in New York are good example and there must be others. If you have found other good bonus points package offers, leave a comment below.
You may wonder how these hotels can afford to offer 25,000 bonus points at these rates? You didn’t hear this from me, but hotels are paying $50 for issuing these 25K points for you.