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- I broke down and got the Chase IHG Rewards Club credit card
- *Gay gasp!* IHG says I can stay local for Set Your Sights promo
Update 7/13/15: Some peeps are reporting their sign-up bonus is NOT counting toward Spire elite status. I got my Chase IHG MasterCard in February of 2015. If you got the card this year, it’s worth checking to see if the sign-up bonus counts toward Spire status. Also, for some at least, ALL of the spend on the Chase IHG MasterCard counts toward Spire status!
I was all hot-n-heavy for IHG for a second there. I was targeted to receive 80,000 IHG points on the Chase IHG MasterCard and I thought you know what, OK. So I got it, met the minimum spend and then… never used it again.
I logged in today to see how many IHG points I had, and noticed I’d been upgraded? To Spire?
Then I dug a little and realized…
The sign-up bonus counts toward Spire
I haven’t stayed at an IHG hotel since the fantastic InterContinental in Sydney.
All I did was get the Chase IHG MasterCard, register for the “Set Your Sights” promo, and meet the minimum spend.
But apparently the 80,000 points I earned from the Chase IHG Visa overqualified me toward Spire, which requires 75 nights at IHG hotels or 75,000 elite qualifying points.
Here’s literally all of the activity in my IHG this year:
And as you can see, after upgrading to Spire, I was given the choice to add 25,000 IHG points to my account -or- gift IHG Platinum status to a friend.
I took the 25,000 IHG points and ran!
So when you think about it, I actually got over 100,000 IHG points for opening the Chase IHG MasterCard. Because the bonus alone was enough to earn Spire, and then IHG gave me 25,000 more points.
And, I’ll have the status until the end of 2016. IHG says:
Once you have earned the newest membership status in any calendar year, you will maintain such status until the end of the following calendar year.
So that’s kinda… awesome!
The upgrade to Spire makes me want to plan more IHG stays so I can earn 100% bonus points… and see how good the upgrade situation really is and assess elite treatment.
I might go out of my way to stay at more IHG properties this year, if only for the sake of using IHG points. To be continued…
Was anyone else auto-upgraded to Spire?
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