A few weeks ago, after publishing “How to find the best IHG signup offer: 80K points plus $50,” a number of readers contacted me to let me know that the points they had earned from signing up for the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card had counted as elite qualifying points. 75,000 elite qualifying points are required for IHG’s new Spire status and Spire status offers a Choice Benefit of 25,000 points. So, those who signed up for the 80,000 point credit card offer, ended up with 105,000 points thanks to achieving Spire status.
This finding inspired me to publish “IHG Spire: Ideas for nabbing the new 25K Choice benefit without staying in hotels.” Whoops.
It appears that IHG recently changed (or fixed?) the system. People who received the bonus in early June report that points earned were elite qualifying. Those who received the bonus in late June or July report that the points were not elite qualifying.