Discussion about new top tier: Spire

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List of properties that have (or have not) recognised Spire. AND Provided Spire 'Specific' Benefit.

I suggest listing country, brand, property, how you were recognised (Club/not at all etc) and the month you stayed that way if anyone stays after that date we can have an update on whether things have changed.

Or if anyone can think of a better solution feel free to change it.

INDIA
CP JAIPUR - Suite upgrade, club access, happy hour with free snacks, Spire Elite label placed on your table for better treatment - Sep 2016

INDONESIA
IC Bali - local gift at check-in, room upgrade, free breakfast - Jan 2016

JAPAN

IC Tokyo Bay, not recognised at all, August 2015

NETHERLANDS
CP Amsterdam South - Spires Amenity choice now 'Lounge/Drink/600pts' on both paid+Award nights.
(On paid nights at checkin likely to be offered Junior Suite upgrade too if room is free, but not offered on awards.)


UNITED KINGDOM

CP London Heathrow. Free breakfast only. Offered discounted cash payment of 24 GBP pp for lounge access June 2016
Indigo Paddington, no recognisition. September 2015 (this hotel now gives good upgrades to Spire even when checking in late)
Indigo Kensington/Earls Court - apparently recognised. Got nothing not even Welcome Amenity, October 2015
HI Haydock M6 - J23, recognised as club. September 2015
HI London Gatwick Worth, Recognised as Club, September 2015
HI Express Birmingham NEC recognised as "basic member" August 2015
HIX Birmingham Star City, no recognition or amenity - January 2016
HIX Hamilton, recognised as club Aug 2015, recog. Spire Aug 2016
HI Birmingham M6, recognised as club Sept 2015 & Oct 2015, recognised as Spire January 2016
HIX Leigh Sports Village, recognised as club Sept 2015
HI Portsmouth, recognised as Club 22/October/2015
HI Leeds - Wakefield, recognised as club 19th December 2015
HI Luton Airport Recognised as Club 18th March 2016
HI Norwich Airport Me Recognised as Platinum June 3rd 2016
HI Norwich Airport MrsB Recognisd as Club June 3rd 2016.

USA

HI Express, Chicago, IL, recognized at Platinum (not Spire), October/2015. No benefits

THAILAND

HI Pattaya, Thailand, recognized at Platinum (not Spire), November/2105. August 2016, recognized as Spire, upgrade to Ocean View Suite but no benefits

CHINA

CP Guangzhou Haidu letter recognising as a Spire but no benefits additional to Golds. No room upgrade
CP Qingdao No letter, no recognition nothing
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Old Jul 9, 15, 10:34 am
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Discussion about new top tier: Spire

So I think the new tier is called "Spire" (red)
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Old Jul 9, 15, 10:47 am
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I would be preparing your best face palm memes folks .....
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I have been an avid reader for years and been collecting points/miles for even longer but this is my first actual post to this forum.

I have just spoken with a manager at a Holiday Inn property who said they had a conference call yesterday regarding the new elite tier. She missed the call and was unable to provide any specific details other than the widely reported benefits that have already been announced.

She did indicate and confirm the new tier would be called 'Spire' though.

A call to another IHG property where we are staying tonight did not yield any other new information, nor did a call to IHG Rewards Club.
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Old Jul 9, 15, 11:03 am
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Originally Posted by Raffles View Post
I would be preparing your best face palm memes folks .....
My hand is upturned as I type, ready to strike my forehead.

I predict a massive ant-climax. Again.
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Old Jul 9, 15, 11:07 am
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Looks like several people are reporting on the "Spire" name and launch date of tomorrow.
http://loyaltylobby.com/2015/07/09/a...level-name-is/

We'll see, I guess.

I do have to wonder about the possibility of confusion with Spire Hotels:
http://www.spirehotels.com/portfolio/
They do own several IHG properties, just seems like it would be a weird choice to name your top level the same name as one of the franchisee's....
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Bit of a bizarre name. Reminds me of the private healthcare company we have here in the UK.

Better late than never though but there is every possibility there will be an announcement saying they made a mistake and the 75 nights a year is really 125!

Now what else will be announced to come in January.....
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Originally Posted by ThatOneGayRavenclaw
Looks like several people are reporting on the "Spire" name and launch date of tomorrow.
http://loyaltylobby.com/2015/07/09/a...level-name-is/

We'll see, I guess.

I do have to wonder about the possibility of confusion with Spire Hotels:
http://www.spirehotels.com/portfolio/
They do own several IHG properties, just seems like it would be a weird choice to name your top level the same name as one of the franchisee's....
Spire?? Hopefully the name Spire is on fire tonight and changes to a new name tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by chrism20 View Post
Bit of a bizarre name. Reminds me of the private healthcare company we have here in the UK.

Better late than never though but there is every possibility there will be an announcement saying they made a mistake and the 75 nights a year is really 125!

Now what else will be announced to come in January.....
ye hah, imagine Bupa membership aswell
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Based on the information that I have received from several sources, there won’t be any additional property level benefits compared to Platinum elite benefits for now.
LOL. It may all have been a waste of time and effort.
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Originally Posted by Points Scrounger View Post
Checking into a CP today, I asked if the desk people knew about the deadline for the new status.

They had no idea there would BE a new status level at all!
I was at Crowne Plaza London Gatwick last Saturday, and the night manager there hadn't heard anything either
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Old Jul 9, 15, 11:55 am
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Originally Posted by rumbataz View Post
LOL. It may all have been a waste of time and effort.
I would think a Spire would tower over a mere Platinum in terms of who gets upgraded first?
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Old Jul 9, 15, 12:02 pm
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Spire? I love it!!


And of course it's synonym which explains allot, "shaft".
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Old Jul 9, 15, 12:43 pm
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So i will be a Spire Ambassador tomorrow?
what a daft name. Maybe we get a red nose to go with the red card as i am sure the front office staff will feel like clowns saying

thankyou for being a spire member

also i thought the basic club membership is red?
Hope i dont get confused with being a bog standard club member!
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Old Jul 9, 15, 12:48 pm
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Originally Posted by stanontour View Post
So i will be a Spire Ambassador tomorrow?
I guess it's better than being a Black Ambassador. Unless you are actually black and then it might be cool.

I wonder how many millions IHG spent on all the marketing studies before they choose Spire?

And I wonder if they actually chose Black and Spire was the second choice?
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I wonder how many millions IHG spent on all the marketing studies before they choose Spire?
Around 3 USD I would imagine - on a pair of dice.
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