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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card
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.
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.
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