IHG Rewards Club has launched a status extension policy for members whose account address is in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan on or before February 17.
Elite and Ambassador statuses are extended while points expiry has also been postponed. These changes only affect members in Greater China.
You can access the IHG Rewards Club here.
Here are the waivers:
- IHG Rewards Club Gold, Platinum or Spire Elite status is extended by 12 months (now expire December 31, 2021)
- InterContinental Ambassador membership and free weekend night voucher expiry has been pushed back by six months for members who signed up or renewed Ambassador membership January 1 – June 30, 2019.
- IHG Rewards Club points won’t expire until December 31, 2020 (usually, you need to have qualifying activity every 12 months). Your points will expire on January 1, 2021, if you don’t have qualifying activity in 2020.
IHG Rewards Club will make changes and extensions to eligible member accounts by February 29, 2020.
Hyatt’s similar policy (read more here) applies for all members in Asia while IHG’s only for those in Greater China (Mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan).
It would probably make sense to extend it to members in North and Southeast Asia too that are too severely affected.