Photograph ©2021 by Brian Cohen.

New IHG Rewards Elite Tiers Revealed: A Side-By-Side Comparison

Do you Spire to be Diamond?

A “sneak peek” of the new tiers of elite status for the IHG Rewards frequent guest loyalty program has been released from InterContinental Hotels Group as part of what is being called The New IHG Rewards effective as of Saturday, January 1, 2022 — and among the changes are a new level called Silver Elite; and the name Spire will be changed to Diamond so that the tier itself will be more straightforward to understand.

New IHG Rewards Elite Tiers Revealed: A Side-By-Side Comparison

The elite status tiers and earning structure have supposedly been redesigned so that you can earn more IHG Rewards points and have more ways to use and redeem them than ever before, as new tiers equals more rewards. No matter what is the elite status tier which you have earned, you will earn more bonus IHG Rewards points — meaning that earning points towards Reward Nights and more will be even easier, according to InterContinental Hotels Group.

The current and new nights qualifications, current and new point qualifications, and current and new bonus points values for each elite status tier are as follows — side by side for easy comparison:

Elite Status Tier Current Nights Qualification New Nights Qualification Current
Points Qualification
Points Qualification
Current Bonus
Bonus Points
Club 0 0 0 0 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Silver Not Applicable 10 Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable 20 percent
Gold 10 20 10,000 40,000 10 percent 40 percent
Platinum 40 40 40,000 60,000 50 percent 60 percent
Diamond 75 70 75,000 120,000 100 percent 100 percent

Note that for the year 2021 and for this year — due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic — the levels have been temporarily reduced until the new elite status tier structure becomes effective sometime in March of 2022, and current elite status which was set to expire has been extended through 2022; so you will not notice any changes in your membership account at this time.

The temporary lowered levels for 2021 and 2022 are as follows:

Elite Status Tier Reduced Nights Qualification Reduced Points Qualification
Club 0 0
Gold 7 7,000
Platinum 30 30,000
Spire 55 55,000

Final Boarding Call

Having earnings of elite status tiers counting towards a new elite status structure is somewhat bizarre, as not all of the details — such as exactly what benefits will be available at each tier of elite status — have not yet been revealed…

…but there is one thing on which we can count: no matter how well are the intentions of the people at IHG Rewards, the entire picture is never rosy, as we will eventually learn what some of the negative aspects are to the newly refreshed frequent guest loyalty program…

Photograph ©2021 by Brian Cohen.

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