Admittedly, IHG isn’t really top of mind for many people when it comes to hotel chains.  Their hotels primarily encompass largely low to mid-tier hotels without a lot of sex appeal.  The only hotels that I would really care to stay at are Intercontinental or Kimpton Hotels but they tend to be few and far between in North America.  I can say for certain that I have never given them much heed but I suppose that’s the point for these type of promotions.

The Offer

IHG is currently providing registrants with Spire status for 90 days so that you can get to know the chain.  IHG lacks compared to some of the other big programs out there like Marriott Rewards or even Hilton Honors but IHG’s Spire status does give you complimentary room upgrades.  One big hole in the program is the lack of free breakfast as a published benefit.  There are certainly anecdotal reports of Spire members being given the option of free breakfast at check-in but it’s not in their benefits chart, which is a shame.

Extend Your Status

Once registered for the promotion, all you have to do is stay 5 times (instead of the normal 40) in your 90-day Taste of Spire period to get Platinum status for a year.  If you manage to stay 10 times (instead of the normal 75), you get Spire status for a year.

How to Register

To register, simply go to:

Registration is required by October 31st, 2018 so you have a few days to make hay.

Either create a new IHG Rewards account or use your existing account.  Once registered, you will receive a confirmation.

While I did receive the confirmation email, my status has not been updated as of yet so this may be a your mileage may vary situation but hey – it’s a pretty minimal effort for a potentially pretty good return.


If you happen to be planning some upcoming hotel stays where you are going to stay at IHG properties, you should register for this promotion.  Even if you don’t have anything upcoming, you should register anyways because you never know when it might come in handy.  Registration is easy, free and takes about 1 minute of your time.

Brian Ewanchuk is an avid frequent flyer and has held status amongst all the major North American carriers. While Brian has certainly redeemed across multiple programs, nowadays, he prefers a more simplified approach to his mileage earning and redemptions.


  1. I applied for this promotion on 10/28, and received my spire upgrade today, 11/5. I’ve already stayed 4 nights since I registered, and have 4 more planned for this week, including a weekend stay on points. If you travel a lot on business the perks are nice, we’ll see if they roll out the red carpet for my spire status next week.

  2. I was refused. “Your membership or country does not qualify”. I checked Terms and it’s required that I be an employee of “eligible company.

    Not mentioned anywhere in the article.


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