There appears to be a way to extend IHG Rewards Club Spire Elite membership that usually requires 75 nights or 15,000 base points by 12 months by buying Ambassador membership if you don’t already have it.
IHG Rewards Club runs two (or actually three if Kimpton’s Karma is included as well) partially separate programs: IHG Rewards Club for collecting points and elite status that applies to all other IHG hotels besides InterContinental that have their own guest recognition program called Ambassador.
You can access IHG’s web page for Ambassador program here.
Here’s what apparently happening according to a reader:
1. Buying Ambassador membership using cash ($200) or points (32,000) extends the status that the member have at the time of processing the Ambassador purchase by 12 months.
2. You can then choose the Spire Elite Choice benefit (read more here) that is either 25,000 points or Platinum status for someone.
3. The Ambassador package comes with 5,000 points code that you can deposit to your account or give to someone else.
If this works as the reader reported, the Ambassador member purchase using points is almost cost neutral when you factor in the points that you get back (Spire Choice benefit 25,000 points + Ambassador member letter gift of 5,000 points) total of 30,000.
The Ambassador package also comes with free weekend night voucher (read more here) that the member can use for a weekend stay at InterContinental hotels.
The IHG Rewards Club Gold, Platinum and Spire Elite benefits don’t apply for InterContinental stays. Ambassador members get minimum one category upgrade and guaranteed 4PM check out that can come very handy (I am utilizing this today).
This is an interesting development IF it works for all members. Unfortunately, I cannot test this personally as I have Royal Ambassador status with the chain.
Have any readers tried this way to extend their Spire Elite status and gotten the Ambassador status thrown in basically for free considering the number of IHG Rewards Club points received back in the form of the Spire Elite Choice benefit choice + Ambassador package 5,000 welcome points?