A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question regarding being 1,000 base point short qualifying IHG Rewards Club Platinum status.
You can access IHG Rewards Club status charts here.
Here’s the email from the reader:
It looks like I will be end this year being 1000 points short of IHG Platinum using Elite Qualifying Points (should finish 4 nights shy of the 40 required), that already includes a two night stay upcoming. I don’t plan on having any more stay with them after that and am looking for a way to make it to Platinum.
Yet, this is not worth doing a mattress run (no IHG close to where I live anyway). I cannot use the 1000 bonus point option since I am using company rate which is quite lower than best flexible so the 5$ adder becomes 35$/night which will note be accepted by accounting.
I read that you can transfer points from other program into IHG and those counts towards elite points. I read they discontinued this with air miles though. I have Air miles, Marriot, Aeroplan and maybe a few other I could use for that. I don’t mind going through another program first as long as in the end this does not cost more than 25-30$.
Any idea? Thanks!
Here’s what IHG Rewards Club says about Qualifying Points:
Points for Elite Status – For purposes of determining Elite status, IHG® Rewards Club points are classified as either Qualifying Points or 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 are considered Qualifying Points and are counted toward Elite status.
You can usually convert hotel points to airline miles but not usually the other way around.
Here’s what I would do:
I would book the Bonus Points Package rate but only expense the corporate rate OR have enough F&B expenses during your stay that you charge to your room but won’t expense to the company (if company won’t reimburse F&B or you are on per diem).
I would also check if there are any hurdles on the IHG Rewards Club Accelerate promotion that you could perhaps fulfill to get some bonus points along the way.
Remember that Gold members are eligible for 10% bonus points on their stays while Platinum members get 50% boost.
So close requalifying for Platinum status but not many nights left in 2016. I would try to work with the corporate travel department and expense the corporate rate while paying for the Bonus Points Package one.