IHG Rewards Club has launched an instant Platinum offer that comes with a fast track to keep it through the end of 2020.
Members can get an instant Platinum for 90 days and then have it until December 31, 2020 by consuming 5 nights or downgraded to Gold for staying two. You need to sign up for this offer by July 31st.
You can access this offer on IHG’s website here.
There is a note on the T&Cs that this offer would be open for 5,000 registrants.
Here’s the Platinum benefits matrix:
There are exclusions on the T&Cs but not on the displays that are up on some hotels and which I came across this morning (see the featured photo). They cannot require you to have a corporate email address or use corporate rate in jurisdictions with strong consumer protection. If IHG refuses to upgrade your account by signing up, you can contact your local consumer ombudsman and open a case against the IHG.
I would say that it would be wise for IHG to offer better elite benefits in order to hold on to existing ones. Just look at what elite benefits Hilton Honors, Marriott Bonvoy and World of Hyatt offer and compare them to IHG. The only confirmed elite benefit that Platinum members get is 50% bonus.
It is good to have status with IHG, however. You never know when one of their properties is the best choice like what happened to me in Helsinki, my former home city, last night.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
The Instant Platinum Elite offer (“Offer”) allows full time employees of an Eligible Company to experience Platinum Elite membership benefits for 90 days upon joining IHG® Rewards Club or registering for the offer as an existing IHG® Rewards Club member.” An Eligible Company is defined as a company that is specifically selected to participate in this promotion. Upon registering for the offer the member will be upgraded within 5 to 10 business days upon verifying they are employed by an ‘eligible company’. The registration period is valid for 90 days and the dates are specified in promotion material. The offer expires 90 days after registration and the member will have 90 days from the day of registration to consume the designated number of nights required to retain elite status for the calendar year of 2020. This offer is limited to the first 5,000 registrants.
All full-time employees of an Eligible Company, who register in advance, stay at any IHG hotel within the 90 days after registration, and book through ihg.com or an eligible company booking tool will retain Platinum Elite status after five (5) qualifying nights and Gold Elite status after two (2) qualifying nights during the Offer period. If the member does not make the designated nights during the 90 day offer period, then they will be downgraded to their previous membership level 90 days from the date of registration. Members must book their stay using the corresponding IHG Corporate ID number through the Eligible Company corporate booking tool or booking direct at ihg.com with an Average Daily Rate of $35. IHG reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Offer if any fraud, technical failures, human error or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper administration of the Offer. Offer and members are subject to the IHG® Rewards Club membership terms and conditions found at ihgrewardsclub.com The Offer is valid on reservations consumed during the Offer period. Reservations consumed prior to registration or outside the Offer period will not be eligible for the Offer. This Offer is only available for each new booking/Stay during the Offer Period.