Posted by William Charles on July 11, 2015
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Published on July 11th, 2015 | by William Charles

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IHG Launches ‘Spire Elite’ Status, Receive 25,000 Bonus Points Or Gift Platinum Status + Do Credit Card Points Count?

Today IHG launched it’s new loyalty tier, titled Spire Elite. The requirements for this new tier are as follows:

  • 75,000 qualifying points or
  • 75 qualifying night stays

Below is their full tier chart and benefits list:

spire elite

Choosing Your Exclusive Choice Benefit

For me the best benefit of Spire is the Exclusive Choice Benefit. Basically when you reach spire status you’re given the option to choose to gift a family member Platinum status or receive 25,000 bonus points. Personally I don’t see a lot of value in Platinum Elite status, so taking the 25,000 points was a no brainer.

If you’ve currently got Spire status, just log into your account and you’ll be given the choice (my account > choice benefits).

 

What Is An Elite Qualifying Point?

As you can see you need 75,000 elite qualifying points (EQP) to be receive Spire status. If we dig into the fine print, we find the following definition of an EQP:

For purposes of determining Elite Status, IHG® Rewards Club points are classified as either Elite Qualifying Points or Non-Elite Qualifying Points. Base points earned from Qualifying Rates paid for hotel stays, points collected from partner transactions, IHG® Rewards Club Bonus Points Packages and Meeting Rewards are considered Elite Qualifying Points and counted towards membership elite status. A Qualifying Rate includes the following: non-discounted rate, standard corporate rate, worldwide sales negotiated rate, national/regional/local government rate and specified leisure rates as confirmed by the IHG HOLIDEX® Plus reservation system. All other point earning transactions, including promotional points, points vouchers, points purchase, points transfers, and points deposits, will be considered Non-Elite Qualifying Points and will not be counted towards elite status

The big question most people will have is, do credit card points from the Chase IHG credit card count as EQPs? I can say for sure that points that have been previously earned with the Chase IHG credit card have counted towards this total (myself and others have received spire status with only points from this credit card).

If we look at the fine print, it says that partner transactions will be considered EQPs, points earned from the credit card could fall under this category. But, they could also fall under ‘promotional points’ (for the sign up bonus), or point transfers/deposits which do not count towards elite status.

If credit card points do count, then the 80,000 IHG credit card offer just became a hell of a lot more valuable because it would mean you’d instantly hit the 75,000 point threshold for Spire status and get another 25,000 points (plus all of the other benefits).

My gut feeling is that points from the credit card won’t count towards elite status, as the card already comes with Platinum status but I’d be more than happy to be proved wrong.

 



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HAROLD
HAROLD

Credit card points do count towards Spire status as my spouse earned the status from her opening a new IHG MC account and fufiling the threshold spend to get the 80,000 points (or the 60,000 or 70,000 points for later recipients when this current bonus is not running). She now has Spire status.

In addition, transfers into IHG from Chase UR and Diners Club also count towards IHG EQP points, as do points earned from the Rewards Network dining program with IHG.

It remains to be seen if the future rumored benefits of Spire to be unveiled in 2016 are worthwhile to transfer points into the program or to use the credit card extensively for non-hotel spend, but if they are decent, or you have earned a great deal of IHG points from patronizing their hotels, it may be worthwhile to “top off” your account so that you can attain Spire status.

I should point out that contrary to your experiences, IHG Platinum elite generally has provided me with a 1 room upgrade even on point stays at certain hotels, so it isn’t worth nothing to your truly.

HAROLD
HAROLD

Points earned from the credit card do count towards EQP earned points, as do the bonus points for such spend on gas, restaurant, supermarket and of course, IHG hotel stays.

Preacher
Preacher

Wow. That was a nice, easy, 75K wake up treat! Our churn team’s 3 80K sign ups a few months back got us a lot more points than we expected…

calwatch
calwatch

I’m confused as I signed up for the IHG card several months ago with the 80k bonus and did not get Spire status. The 80k bonus posted in late June and I have the EQPs from my credit card spend, and from my paid stays. “Mastercard Select Activation Points” (the 80,000 point bonus) are not considered EQP on my account. And I have better things to do than MS $30k+ at the grocery store just for hotel status (like meeting minimum spends on four or five other cards).

Mark
Mark

Do points earned from the CC count towards keeping your points active for the 12 month time frame or do you actually need to stay at a hotel every 12 months?

Prabhat
Prabhat

I recently applied for the IHG card when 80,000 point offer was on. I went into my account and found that i was eligible for additional 25k Points [Thanks DOC for your post]. I clicked on apply points to my accounts and my count increased by additional 25K points.

Rich
Rich

I am an IHG Premium Elite Rewards Club member via the newly introduced 70K sign-up IHG credit card bonus and I would like to let you know that spending for every day purchases does count towards Spire Elite status. My account activity shows two purchases of 214 EQP and two stays of 6900 EQP, which equates to a total of 7114 EQP. My account shows that I need 67,886 EQP for Spire Elite status. The math adds up 75000 – 7111 = 67886 EQP, so everyday purchases do count towards Spire Elite status. I am still waiting for my next billing cycle to see if the 70K bonus will count as EQP, but I highly doubt it since my welcome bonus points and share forever promotional points do not count as EQP.

Stan
Stan

Looks like they counted the points I purchased from the U.S. Travel Association Daily Deals as well!

Stan
Stan

Nevermind.

Jb
Jb

Just wanted to say thanks for showing how to log into my account and claim the 25k. Every other blog spoke about the 25k but none explained how to claim it. Appreciate it

Philip
Philip

I signed up for the 80.000 bonus point offer about 1 month back, however I did not get Spire, it says I need another 75.000 points to qualify or 75 night 🙁

Presley
Presley

My sister qualified for the 80k IHG. We’ll see if the 80k will be EQP when she gets credited the points.

DavidNJ
DavidNJ

Thanks William! I wasn’t aware of the 25K for Spire status. My wife has the status and she just instantly received the points.

Ted
Ted

Thanks DOC!!. I didn’t realize I had to chose something to get the 25K points. You’re great!

Yeshu
Yeshu

Thanks, William. Got upgraded and decided to get the 25K points – didn’t want to gift Plat to anybody!

beth
beth

So I got the IHG card a few months back and they gave me spire status just based on the points I got from the sign-up bonus

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