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dw Jan 19, 22 8:33 am


Originally Posted by 336 (Post 33915199)
???

​​​​​I am still waiting for the additional Spire benefits, which they told us will be announced soon...

No kidding-- what has it been, 7 years? Yes, there were than the increased points and choice rewards for Spire, but really there has been almost no change in tangible on property benefits.

I'm also pretty surprised that they are going to be changing up the elite levels, yet still aren't doing anything about Amb/Inner Circle. What IHG really needs to do is merge the programs and make the benefits consistent across Regent/Intercontinental/Kimpton.

Noctilum Jan 19, 22 9:30 am

I wonder if credit card holders will retain Platinum or be demoted to Gold or Silver. Glad Iím working on Hyatt status this year just in case IHG screws itís program up even more with this.

khabah Jan 19, 22 9:39 am

This subject is no longer a rumor: IHG has confirmed the changes in a new preview page accessible at this link.

So far and pending further details, this looks like another endlessly lazy rebrand that devalues the program further by making elite status harder to reach while not offering anything new or exciting. The fact that Ambassador/Royal Ambassador and Inner Circle are still sticking around does not make this appealing or easier to comprehend either.

Oy...

khabah

dw Jan 19, 22 9:42 am


Originally Posted by Noctilum (Post 33916129)
I wonder if credit card holders will retain Platinum or be demoted to Gold or Silver. Glad Iím working on Hyatt status this year just in case IHG screws itís program up even more with this.

TPG reports that the US Chase Premier card (the $89 one) will retain Platinum status. Of course, the only differentiator for that tier seems to be slightly more bonus points.

dw Jan 19, 22 9:44 am


Originally Posted by khabah (Post 33916160)
This subject is no longer a rumor: IHG has confirmed the changes in a new preview page accessible at this link.

The only thing that sounds promising is this line:

"And when it comes to picking perks, the choice is all yours."

Of course, that could just be referring to something that's substantially similar to the Spire Choice Rewards. The optimist in me would hope this could refer to some more substantial on property benefits.

taecu Jan 19, 22 9:47 am

Websites

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.fly...e90d01644f.png


https://www.ihg.com/rewardsclub/content/us/en/new-rewards

pretzlaff Jan 19, 22 10:11 am

They might be rolling out a new high end credit card, and somehow this is part of that. “Only $450 annual fee, and you too can be an IHG diamond”.

nicolas75 Jan 19, 22 10:38 am

IHG Hotels & Resorts Unveils a New Vision for Loyalty
 
  • Introducing a new Gold Elite tier starting at 20 nights, with an industry-leading 40% bonus point structure
  • Renaming of the ĎSpire Eliteí tier to ĎDiamond Eliteí to simplify member recognition and understanding of our highest tier, which will retain our best-in-class 100% bonus point structure 
  • Improving bonus point earn levels across all other Elite tiers
https://www.ihgplc.com/-/media/ihg/i...68B9801B4C0C50

https://www.ihgplc.com/-/media/ihg/i...mp4?autoplay=0

christianj Jan 19, 22 11:05 am

I wouldn't exactly call this a "reveal" since we really don't know anything about benefits and also if redemption costs will change.

christianj Jan 19, 22 11:08 am

I am waiting for the bad part of the relaunch when they announce increased redemption costs for award rooms.

dw Jan 19, 22 11:18 am


Originally Posted by christianj (Post 33916483)
I am waiting for the bad part of the relaunch when they announce increased redemption costs for award rooms.

Hasnít that already happened though?

Keefy-boy Jan 19, 22 11:27 am

Iím a Spire who mostly gets there by credit card spend, little chance of making the Diamond points requirement. What happens to current Spires after March?

tom tulpe Jan 19, 22 11:31 am


Originally Posted by Keefy-boy (Post 33916547)
Iím a Spire who mostly gets there by credit card spend, little chance of making the Diamond points requirement. What happens to current Spires after March?

You become Diamond and need to qualify in 2022 for 2023

tom tulpe Jan 19, 22 11:32 am

Seems official nw - I just got an email announcing the changes ("We can't share all the details right now, but here's what we can share: [see this thread]"

BRAISKI Jan 19, 22 11:32 am

"Perfect time" to renew a program by adding a Diamond in a time where people hardly travel and staying in hotel, both Business and Pleasure.


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