I have gotten pretty decent benefits by being an IHG Platinum Member last year but I was not able to justify driving so many eligible room nights to the program (especially since I do not generally travel for business). While the Platinum Status was the highest membership tier you could achieve then, IHG has introduced a brand new Spire Elite tier (above Platinum) to reward its most loyal members. That being said, it is important to recognise that the IHG manages the IHG Rewards Club and Ambassador memberships separately.
Spire Elite can be attained by spending 75 qualifying nights over the course of a calendar year (that's almost one in four nights!) or by obtaining 75,000 qualifying reward points (so you get there faster if you splurge on suites instead of regular rooms). Apart from the Platinum benefits that you will get, you will also receive the following by attaining this new status:
- 100% bonus points on all qualifying stay (instead of 50% from Platinum)
- A choice between either 25,000 bonus points or gift Platinum Elite status to a friend or family member for a year
It is interesting to see the option to give away a year's worth of Platinum Elite status. This is rather similar to some airlines (e.g. Qantas) where you will be able to give away a year's worth of elite status upon obtaining top-tier status.
There will be some upcoming changes to the number of IHG Rewards Club points required for a Reward Night this year. Additionally, a higher category of hotels will be introduced and these properties will be priced at 70,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night - this is 10,000 more points than the highest requirement of 60,000 points right now.
The Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Soi Soonvijai is the fourth Holiday Inn Express property to open in Bangkok. This 206-room property is located just two minutes walk away from Bangkok Hospital and a short trip to both Piyavate Hospital and Rama 9 Hospital, making it perfect for medical tourists.
Register for IHG's new Accelerate Offers for 2018 to find yourself a set of tailored offers for a chance to earn plenty of IHG Rewards Club Points! The set of challenges differ from member to member and therefore the only way to find out what your account was targeted for is to sign-in and register for the promotion. Do bear in mind that the current Accelerate promotion is still running and these challenges should only be completed between 01 January 2018 and 30 April 2018.
IHGA Hotels Group Japan, a joint venture between InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and ANA has just signed an agreement to bring IHG's popular boutique brand, Hotel Indigo, into Japan. This is in response to a growing segment of travellers who are constantly looking for a different travel experience. The Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora is slated to open in 2019 and it will be a place where guests and locals alike can gather and enjoy the rich culture and history of Gora, with its famous, pastel coloured hot springs surrounded by majestic, green mountains and the charms of nature that change with the seasons.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is currently running Your World Sale to offer up to 30% off all eligible stays between 18 November 2017 and 15 April 2018 for all IHG Rewards Club members (free to sign-up!). IHG Rewards Club members will also earn Bonus Points on stays booked with Your World Sale.
Running low on IHG Rewards Club Points? Make sure you sign-up for the Accelerate Q4 2017 challenge to earn extra IHG Rewards Club Points when you complete specific challenges that are tailored based on your stay and spend history (my account was targeted for 42,500 bonus points)! Purchase IHG Rewards Club Points between now and 03 November 2017 to get 100% bonus points (minimum purchase of 5,000 points at US$67.50 required).
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just announced the opening of the highest hotel in Vietnam, the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 in Hanoi. The hotel occupies levels 62 to 71 of the towering Keangnam Landmark72 and the property is part of a wider Landmark72 complex which is home to various retail, commercial and entertainment offerings. The InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 is located close to some of Hanoi's major landmarks and attractions like the Hanoi Museum, Vietnam National Convention Centre and the Garden Shopping Centre.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just debuted the group's first hotel in the seaside city of Rayong in Thailand. Known to be a seafood paradise and a great place for urbanites to escape the city life, the Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre will add 288 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites to this city. The Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre is located around 2 hours away from Bangkok but just under 30 minutes from the U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just announced plans to bring three more brands into Singapore - Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, EVEN Hotels and Staybridge Suites. The hospitality group has also announced plans last month to open the Holiday Inn Resort Bintan Lagoi Beach and Hotel Indigo Bintan Lagoi Beach in Bintan, Indonesia. in the prime Lagoi Bay area of Bintan in 2019.
A dual-brand management agreement has just been signed by the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) and PT. Graha Agung Indahsentosa to debut two hotels, Holiday Inn Resort Bintan Lagoi Beach and Hotel Indigo Bintan Lagoi Beach in Bintan, Indonesia. The newly-built hotels are set to open in 2019 and they will be situated in the prime Lagoi Bay area.