A LoyaltyLobby reader dropped me an email with a question regarding IHG Rewards Club qualifying points activity towards status.
You can access IHG Rewards Club here.
Here’s the email from the reader:
The end of the year is upon me and I’ve just completed my last stay at an IHG property.
This year I’ve shifted much of my loyalty to maintaining Zenit with Swissotel and Platinum with Accor – which I’ve done.
The trouble is, I’m unexpectedly 545 points short of my IHG Spire Elite Ambassador requalification.
I called IHG Rewards Club service and asked if anything else (buying points, airline mile transfers etc) would count as qualifying.
They’ve said no – nothing other than a stay qualifies – is this true?
Here’s what the IHG Rewards Club T&Cs say:
1. 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. A Qualifying Rate includes the following: non-discounted rate, standard corporate rate, worldwide sales negotiated rate, national/regional/local government rate and specified leisure rates as confirmed by the IHG reservation system. All other point earning transactions, including 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, will be considered Non-Qualifying Points and will not be counted towards Elite status.
IHG Rewards Club “Customer Service” dropped the ball again when it comes to the qualifying points activity towards elite status. There are still few activities outside of actual stays that count.
I would say that the easiest would have been to deposit Virgin Atlantic Flying Club points to IHG Rewards Club but that might be too late at this point considering that they should hit before the end of the month.
Based on the email address used, it appears that the reader is from Australia. I would try to squeeze in a stay for 60 USD that should yield the required number of elite qualifying points and Spire Elite status for another year.
Remember that you don’t have to stay. Just check in and pay your folio at the time. Tell that you may have to leave very early in the morning and would prefer settling now.
IHG Rewards Club isn’t clear what are included in “Select Partner Activity” that is listed on the T&Cs? Perhaps they don’t know either?
Let’s hope that the reader can get one cheap stay in for the year and retain the Spire Elite status for another year.