Buy EQP to Retain 2024 Diamond Elite Status Offers

Old Nov 17, 2023, 1:18 pm
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Buy EQP to Retain 2024 Diamond Elite Status Offers



I earned fewer than 10,000 qualifying points this year. I presume those with more in their account need to buy proportionately less.

They want $1500 for 120,000 Qualifying Points.

I value those points at $700, so a net cost of $800.

Having gotten excellent value from breakfasts and upgrades last year, it's worth it for me, though I could see how it may not be for everyone.
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 1:20 pm
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Buy 120K EQP's, Retain 2024 Diamond Elite Status Offer

Have we seen anything like this in recent years? Got the email in the last hour.

120K EQP on my offer is $1440 w/ an IHG Premier MC with this offer (reflecting 20% off $1800).

Buy points to secure Diamond Elite through 2024
Youre in luck, xxxxx. For just a short time, you can extend your top-tier status by buying Elite Qualifying Points. These points lock in your Diamond Elite status through 2024 and can also be redeemed for Reward Nights, experiences, catalog items, and much more.*

Buy 120,000 Elite Qualifying Points by December 31, 2023, to extend your Diamond Elite status and all the benefits that come with it through 2024.*

Remember, as an IHG One Rewards Cardmember, youll save 20% on your purchase.*

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Old Nov 17, 2023, 1:57 pm
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Yes I posted this an hour ago.
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 2:02 pm
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Thats a lot of breakfasts. Ambassador seems more fairly priced for upgrades.
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 2:03 pm
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This is a different promo than simply getting bonus points on a points purchase. It is similar to airlines offering a cash option to keep status.

In my case I would need to buy 100k points for $1200, so I will pass and move paid premium bookings to HH/Bonvoy, where I keep status simply by holding a credit card.
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 2:04 pm
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Originally Posted by beachfan
Thats a lot of breakfasts. Ambassador seems more fairly priced for upgrades.
Not really, 2x$25 (average value for my stays) = 16 nights to break even. I'm Ambassador as well but ofc that's only good at IC. I expect 30 nights in 2024 so a no brainer for me.
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 2:15 pm
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I also got the email at the 120k/ $1440 rate.

I missed getting my Diamond extended using the Ambassador renewal by only a day, and I don't really know what to do about it.

I have had Spire/ Diamond for a number of years and do not know life without it. I will only have 41 stays by the end of the year and so will not organically requalify.

I figure that the 120K miles are really worth $600 using the 100% bonus promo. So, the Diamond extension is really the 1440 minus the 600, so $840 to maintain Diamond for a year.

So, this would include free breakfast at full service hotels, a few more points bonus on stays, the occasional upgrade, and what else? that might make it worth that?
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 2:16 pm
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My offer is $1500 for 100,000 points. I can get those points at $500 so its like paying $1000 to extend Diamond status. Do not think I will get the value out of it though.
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 2:20 pm
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Originally Posted by uastarflyer
This is a different promo than simply getting bonus points on a points purchase. It is similar to airlines offering a cash option to keep status.

In my case I would need to buy 100k points for $1200, so I will pass and move paid premium bookings to HH/Bonvoy, where I keep status simply by holding a credit card.
HH Diamond status is near worthless these days (for North American stays... for a while now actually) IMO, and the points devaluation has been horrific.

Can't speak for Bonvoy, though at least there's enough value in that $650 AMEX card to soften the blow a bit

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Old Nov 17, 2023, 2:25 pm
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Originally Posted by pretzlaff
I also got the email at the 120k/ $1440 rate.

I missed getting my Diamond extended using the Ambassador renewal by only a day, and I don't really know what to do about it.

I have had Spire/ Diamond for a number of years and do not know life without it. I will only have 41 stays by the end of the year and so will not organically requalify.

I figure that the 120K miles are really worth $600 using the 100% bonus promo. So, the Diamond extension is really the 1440 minus the 600, so $840 to maintain Diamond for a year.

So, this would include free breakfast at full service hotels, a few more points bonus on stays, the occasional upgrade, and what else? that might make it worth that?
An additional 40% point bonus over Platinum and breakfast as a welcome amenity is about it.
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 2:27 pm
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P2 got this offer as well. Not sure if its worth it, since it might make more sense to put all IHG stays next year on my account since Ill have lounge access. Tempting though
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 3:17 pm
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I was 4k spend short (40,000 points) and was going to let it lapse. But now the $600 cost to keep is very tempting. Someone talk me out of it. I have platinum with the card. Breakfast and extra points seems to be all I really get. I have to fight to get a "real upgrade" everytime anyway.
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 3:29 pm
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Originally Posted by Ian Z
I was 4k spend short (40,000 points) and was going to let it lapse. But now the $600 cost to keep is very tempting. Someone talk me out of it. I have platinum with the card. Breakfast and extra points seems to be all I really get. I have to fight to get a "real upgrade" everytime anyway.
I've got this.

If you value 40,000 points @ $200 your net cost is $400.

That's a better deal than you deserve and therefore a hard pass, lol.
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by rmontelbon
I've got this.

If you value 40,000 points @ $200 your net cost is $400.

That's a better deal than you deserve and therefore a hard pass, lol.
Thats a good way to put it regarding the 40,000 points in usable value. Will I get $400 in value by staying Diamond. Probably not. Though the breakfast at IC Barclay was $50 a day and I do stay there usually 12-16 days a year. So maybe...
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Old Nov 17, 2023, 3:40 pm
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Thats a good way to put it regarding the 40,000 points in usable value. Will I get $400 in value by staying Diamond. Probably not. Though the breakfast at IC Barclay was $50 a day and I do stay there usually 12-16 days a year. So maybe...
Im not great at math but 12x$50 is $600.

In all seriousness if you have anything like the same $8000 spend at IHG next year I don't see how you can lose.

Consider with the Ambassador and Amazon code leak Diamonds dropping off on Jan 1 by what must be a huge number I suspect upgrades will become much easier to obtain.

The extra 40% in bonus points effectively reduces the cost by another couple of hundred dollars.
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