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IHG Unveils New Spire Elite Membership Level

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IHG has announced the name of its Rewards Club’s new top membership level— and it’s called Spire Elite. The perks associated with this new level include 100% bonus points on stays, rollover nights, room upgrades and an exclusive Choice Benefit of either receiving 25,00 points or upgrading a friend or family member to Platinum status.

IHG Spire Elite

As for the name, IHG has said:

‘Spire’ is derived from the old English word ‘spir’ – a shoot or a stalk of grass standing out amongst the others. It is awe inspiring, exceptional and a symbol of prestige. It conveys a sense of dedication and an aspirational attitude: going above and beyond; the sky is the limit. The name connotes a strong sense of prestige, elevated stature, and worthiness of admiration, along with a sense of dedication and an aspirational attitude, which is in line with how IHG Rewards Club sees its most loyal members who would qualify for this tier.

To earn the 75,000 points necessary to reach this level, you’ll have to spend $7,500 on stays in a year; as we reported in April, there is no fast track to this level, and in fact, all fast track to Elite status offers are being discontinued this month.

One way to ensure your elite status, and thus waive the stay requirements, is to get the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card. It is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points when you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months, and comes with automatic Platinum elite status (the equivalent of having to earn 40 nights/40,000 points each year). Its $49 annual fee is waived the first year, and you get an annual free night to use at any IHG property worldwide, including some very expensive Intercontinental hotels.

So getting the card could be a great way to stay on top of these changes without much effort. For more analysis, check out Jason Steele’s recent review of the card and its benefits.

H/T: One Mile at a Time

IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card

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  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening
  • Enjoy a free night each year of card membership at over 4,900 hotels worldwide
  • Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
  • Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
  • Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a credit cardmember
  • $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 16.24% -23.24% Variable $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49 0% Excellent Credit