Extending Spire status by purchasing Ambassador?

Old Dec 16, 18, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by VG3RMJC2 View Post
The offer came in my monthly eStatement of December, I was looking into extending the Ambassador and that just came in on-time, its NOT the 25k of hitting Spire as apparently I didnt hit it!
Its valid only for cash renewal when renewing by paying 200$, if someone is interested, you can approach the Ambassador desk by email and ask them, they are answering in few hours, sometimes within minutes.
Good Luck!
Darn, I should have waited to renew!
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Old Dec 17, 18, 2:00 am
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The 200$ renewal option always came with 15k points, they just seem to have upped it to 25k points for this offer. Not bad for sure.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 7:28 am
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I’m not close to renewring Spire, so I took a stab at purchasing Ambassador status [note: not a renewal, as I was not an Ambassador beforehand] by paying 40,000 points to see if it would also extend my Spire status. It doesn’t appear to have done so. The IHG App indicates I will have Ambassador status until 1/31/2020, but my Spire status is still set to expire on 12/31/2018.

I don’t know if the result would have been different if I was renewing existing Ambassador status and/or if I had paid for Ambassador status with money, instead of points.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 9:44 am
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Originally Posted by SAT Lawyer View Post
I’m not close to renewring Spire, so I took a stab at purchasing Ambassador status [note: not a renewal, as I was not an Ambassador beforehand] by paying 40,000 points to see if it would also extend my Spire status. It doesn’t appear to have done so. The IHG App indicates I will have Ambassador status until 1/31/2020, but my Spire status is still set to expire on 12/31/2018.

I don’t know if the result would have been different if I was renewing existing Ambassador status and/or if I had paid for Ambassador status with money, instead of points.
Thanks for letting us know. I decided to do mattress run instead as I don't find myself really benefiting from the Ambassador programme (rarely stay at ICs, only about once per year) and being a Spire member I already get many of the benefits. On the other hand, mattess run will get me more points that are more valuable, and I only need 2 stays * 5000 points.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 10:24 am
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Originally Posted by SAT Lawyer View Post
I’m not close to renewring Spire, so I took a stab at purchasing Ambassador status [note: not a renewal, as I was not an Ambassador beforehand] by paying 40,000 points to see if it would also extend my Spire status. It doesn’t appear to have done so. The IHG App indicates I will have Ambassador status until 1/31/2020, but my Spire status is still set to expire on 12/31/2018.

I don’t know if the result would have been different if I was renewing existing Ambassador status and/or if I had paid for Ambassador status with money, instead of points.
I am in the same situation as you and did the cash option to purchase Ambassador for the first time and my Spire is also still showing as ending 12/31/2018. Will see what ends up happening.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 10:55 am
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Originally Posted by FlyinHawaiian View Post

I am in the same situation as you and did the cash option to purchase Ambassador for the first time and my Spire is also still showing as ending 12/31/2018. Will see what ends up happening.
Perhaps IHG closed the loophole to coincide the announcement of new Ambassador benefits (as they expected a surge of people joining)?
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Old Dec 17, 18, 2:32 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyinHawaiian View Post

I am in the same situation as you and did the cash option to purchase Ambassador for the first time and my Spire is also still showing as ending 12/31/2018. Will see what ends up happening.
Is this what your Ambassador card, available to view via your account, says? It should say Spire as your non-IC IHG status. The account activity counter towards Spire would continue to show you falling short; in the past, what's happened is that the following year the system continues to reflect Spire rather than downgrade for Ambassador loophole folks.

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Old Dec 17, 18, 3:35 pm
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The lower left of my Ambassador card in the app says “Spire Exp Jan 31, 2020”



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Old Dec 17, 18, 3:44 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyinHawaiian View Post
The lower left of my Ambassador card in the app says “Spire Exp Jan 31, 2020”



Congrats!
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Old Dec 17, 18, 4:39 pm
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Originally Posted by SAT Lawyer View Post
I’m not close to renewring Spire, so I took a stab at purchasing Ambassador status [note: not a renewal, as I was not an Ambassador beforehand] by paying 40,000 points to see if it would also extend my Spire status. It doesn’t appear to have done so. The IHG App indicates I will have Ambassador status until 1/31/2020, but my Spire status is still set to expire on 12/31/2018.

I don’t know if the result would have been different if I was renewing existing Ambassador status and/or if I had paid for Ambassador status with money, instead of points.
Check your membership card, which should say Spire until 2020. The status counter will continue to show you as falling short - ignore that.
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Old Dec 17, 18, 9:16 pm
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You need look at expiry in App rather than on ihg.com webpages

No issues with Ambassador for usd150 giving IHG Platinum, this simply levels playing field regards RoW v USA wherin USA get IHG Plat foc with their credit card , or credit card with with nominal yearly fee
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Old Dec 18, 18, 10:16 pm
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Any offers for new members floating around? Have a few IC stays coming up so might take a flyer on this w/ points.
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Old Dec 18, 18, 10:53 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyinHawaiian View Post
The lower left of my Ambassador card in the app says “Spire Exp Jan 31, 2020”



now I found it too and says spire 12/2019
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Old Dec 20, 18, 11:50 am
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Originally Posted by FFlash View Post


now I found it too and says spire 12/2019

​​Just renewed and mine says the same thing
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Old Dec 23, 18, 5:19 am
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Does anyone know if initiating (NOT renewing) a membership, paying with points has resulted in extension of Spire?

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