Now, a reader left a comment with a copy of an email extending Spire Elite status through the end of 2020.
You can access IHG’s page for status levels here.
Here’s the email that the reader received:
These gifts are somewhat unprecedented from IHG Rewards Club. Spire Elite members were for a couple of years eligible for 25,000 bonus (if my memory is correct), and Royal Ambassador is from this year awarded one free award night per year (+ some got an extra one last week).
These are all likely to test how members who receive them behave (read stay and spend money with IHG hotels) because they have not been widely distributed.