My 2 Free Spire Elite Status Gifts: 25K IHG Points & Hertz Five Star Status

Good afternoon everyone.  A few weeks ago, I received an email from IHG stating that I had reached IHG Spire Elite Status which required 75 qualified nights or 75,000 qualifying points.  This was surprising to me since I haven’t spent that many nights at IHG hotels this year (only 16 nights in 2019), but I did have a few expensive hotel stays this year (82,768 qualifying points in 2019).  In the email, it stated 3 key Spire Elite benefits:

  • 100% bonus earning on top of base points (IHG Platinum Elite members get a 50% bonus)
  • Complimentary room upgrades (this is the same as IHG Platinum Elite members)
  • Exclusive annual choice benefit

The last bullet was the one that caught my attention.  I had the option to choose between 25,000 IHG Points or gift someone IHG Platinum Elite Status.  I clicked on the Choose Now button in the email and signed into my IHG account.

Considering 25,000 IHG Points is worth about $125 and the fact that I received IHG Platinum Elite Status from my $49 annual fee Chase IHG Rewards Select Credit Card, the choice was easy – I selected 25,000 IHG Points.

I went through the process to claim my 25,000 IHG Points.

The claim process was very quick and easy.

I checked my account activity and the 25,000 IHG Points were already added to my IHG account.

Next, I went through the process to be upgraded to Hertz Five Star Status.

I entered my Hertz Gold Plus Rewards number and clicked the Request Hertz Upgrade button.

The box says that it should take 3 weeks to receive the email from Hertz regarding the upgrade.

At that point, I had no more IHG Spire Elite freebies to select / claim.

I went back to my account activity page and saw the Hertz upgrade requested on October 25.  3 Weeks after October 25 is today, November 15.

As of today, my Hertz account has not been upgraded and I have not received the email from Hertz.  I will need to follow up with IHG regarding the Hertz upgrade.

If you have any questions about the IHG Spire Elite Status and freebies, please leave a comment below.  Have a great weekend everyone!

4 thoughts on “My 2 Free Spire Elite Status Gifts: 25K IHG Points & Hertz Five Star Status

  1. Ingrid

    I’d be interested in your thoughts on Spire status a year from now as to whether you felt that the upgrades and treatment you received at IHG hotels was noticeably better.

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    1. Grant Post author

      I’m sure I won’t notice a difference. I tend to stay at a lot of low end Holiday Inn Express hotels, so I’m not expecting much.

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  2. Anirban

    I am in the same boat, I requested Hertz Five star status on 10/25. It still show Gold Plus instead of Five star. I’ll wait another week before writing to IHG twitter handle or send direct message

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