IHG Rewards Club has again updated the Terms & Conditions governing the hotel loyalty program effective September 25, 2015.
The changes clarify (or makes even more confusing) what are qualifying base points towards elite status + other changes that I have tackled below.
You can access IHG Rewards Club Terms and conditions here.
1. Qualifying vs. Non-qualifying Points
Points earned from Qualifying Rates paid for hotel stays, spend on IHG ® Rewards Club credit cards, select partner activity, IHG ® Rewards Club Bonus Points Packages , and Qualified Spend through IHG ® Business Rewards
Points earned from IHG ® promotions, Elite status bonuses, activation bonuses or select promotions offered through IHG ® Rewards Club credit cards, select partner promotions, point vouchers, point purchases, point transfers, and point deposits
IHG now has two kind of partner transactions; qualifying and non-qualifying. The list of non-qualifying activity keeps growing.
2. Royal Ambassador Status
IHG has removed the following text from the T&Cs: Royal Ambassador Criteria: Royal Ambassador status is by invitation only. SCH reserves the right to change the invitation criteria at any time and without prior notification. Rewards Nights do not qualify towards Royal Ambassador status.
3. IHG Rewards Club Meeting Credits
IHG Business Rewards members in the United States and Canada have been able to redeem for these prepaid cards that can be used at any IHG property. Now this is available for members worldwide.
The changes to the qualifying and non-qualifying spend doesn’t clarify them well enough. Some partner transactions are eligible while others are not. There is no way to distinguish between these two.
Not sure what is happening with the Royal Ambassador program if anything. Now they have removed the wording that award nights don’t count towards it.