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!