IHG Rewards Club seems to have changed what counts and what doesn’t towards Elite Qualifying Points that are used to determine one’s status in the program.
Last week, I wrote (access here) about a reader’s case where the point deposits from the dining program changed from qualifying to non-qualifying. This same apparently happened to points from E-Rewards too.
You can access IHG Rewards Club here.
I have tried to get a clarification from IHG spokesperson:
For the purposes of determining Elite status, IHG® Rewards Club points are classified as either Qualifying Points or Non-Qualifying Points. Qualifying Points, which count toward Elite status, are those earned from:
· Qualifying Rates paid for hotel stays
· Spend on IHG® Rewards Club credit cards
· Select partner activities
· IHG® Rewards Club Bonus Points Packages
· Qualified Spend through IHG® Business Rewards are considered Qualifying Points and are counted toward Elite status.”
IHG Rewards Club is not able (or willing) to provide a list of partners for which activity still counts towards elite status.
It would be better for all if they could provide a list of partner activities that count and don’t count towards IHG Rewards Club elite status.
Changing something suddenly without giving any advance notice for program members is not a good thing. At least the member above was able to get IHG Rewards Club to change them to Elite Qualifying Points one time.