IHG Status Question

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1. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 42 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Last year, when I was annoyed with Marriott, I applied for a status match with IHG. As a Platinum Elite with Marriott, I was status matched to a Spire Elite with IHG. Unfortunately due to changes of plans last year I never got to use this Status. Today I have received an e-mail from them saying that they have extended my Spire status until 2022. My question is , how does Spire at IHG compare to the treatment I am used to with Bonvoy? Do you really get room upgrades? Do Spire Elite members get club access in their hotels? What are your experiences?

2. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 42 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Come on friends don't be shy. I need some answers. Later this year I intend to do some UK travelling and IHG are much better represented here than Marriott so my unused status , if worth anything could be major part of my decision making.

3. Posted by therealnormanp (Budding Member 7 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi Brian - my experience is that Spire status with IHG can sometimes give you similar treatment to Marriott, sometimes not.

Like you, i did a status match last year and achieved Spire status - between June last year and Feb this year I managed 13 stays (22 nights). My experience to date is that the recognition improves as the quality of brand increases. At Holiday Inn Express (in the UK) they don't have suites and breakfast is included so I haven't had any extra benefits. At Holiday Inns, both in the UK and in Europe, I have been upgraded sometimes to an exec room and always given a free drink in the bar - but no free breakfast. At Crowne Plaza I have been upgraded into a better room, and given access to the lounge. I have had 2 stays at Intercontinentals - at both I was upgraded into a suite and given lounge access.

My experience is that IHG are really good when it comes to earning points - their promotions can be really lucrative in points terms and the earnings rate as a Spire is very good.

4. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 42 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Norman. I am also looking at my cruise next year from Sydney to Singapore. At the moment the Intercontinental hotels in Sydney and Singapore are at least 1/3 cheaper than the equivalent Bongo hotels in the same place. The Crown Plazas are at least 1/2 the price . Changing brands could save me a lot of money as I have 3 nights in Sydney before boarding Queen Elizabeth and an extra night in Singapore after.

5. Posted by therealnormanp (Budding Member 7 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi Brian - I have stayed at four of the IHG properties in Singapore - by far my favourite is the Intercontinental in Middle Road - perfectly positioned, very traditional building, similar in style to the Raffles Hotel, quite small by modern standards, it was refurbished some time ago and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there.
I haven't stayed at any IHG properties in Sydney but last year we stayed at the Intercontinental in Adelaide teice and they were both superb stays. We were upgraded to junior suites and given lounge access because of the Spire status. - the lounge itself was excellent, the equal of almost any I have visited and on a par with the excellent Marriott Circular Quay lounge. They are building a new Crowne Plaza at Circular Quay - very handy for the train from the airport and a very short walk to the cruise quay.

6. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 42 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I certainly fancy the Intercontinental in Singapore and the one in Sydney is somewhere behind the Marriott at Circular Quay because the rooftop terrace seems to have a view over the Quayside. I enjoyed my stay at the Intercontinental at the 02 when we went to see Queen there last year but I had to pay for club access. Very worth a visit.

7. Posted by lindachilds (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

How will this site help me when traveling? Here you need to share experiences or tell interesting stories? How is it different from others?

8. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 42 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting lindachilds

How will this site help me when traveling? Here you need to share experiences or tell interesting stories? How is it different from others?

Welcome!!! I am probably not the best person to answer your question as I am a newcomer myself. I was " at home" on the Marriott and formerly SPG sites until Marriott decided to make it a Facebook site only. I found the new site totally unusable so sought refuge here. I found a number of my former friends from Insiders were already here and that the natives were also friendly! Post an introduction to yourself on the travel board and find some new friends!

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1269 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

lindacchilds:

You have posted your question on a thread about another topic entirely but I'll try to answer it.

>How will this site help me when traveling?

You can ask any travel-related question on Travellerspoint (TP) and people will answer. You can read about other people's experiences on their blogs and find new places to go. You can find information about places in the TP wiki.

>Here you need to share experiences or tell interesting stories?

You can do both in the blogs you make on the site. You also can share experiences when you answer forum questions.

> How is it different from others?

There aren't many (or any?) 'others' which offer forums, member blogs and travel maps, the ability to make and message friends and a location travel wiki.

You can make your own travelmap. You can write your own travel blogs and upload photos. You can answer forum questions. You can send messages to TP friends.

TP is very well-moderated. People here are helpful and pleasant. Anyone who isn't, or who tries to advertise, is very quickly reported and usually removed. Spam and unpleasant posts are also very quickly reported and removed. You won't find the type of nastiness on TP that I have too often seen on other sites and you won't find people deliberately giving false information or pretending to have travelled more than they have.

I suggest you add some information about yourself and your travels to your profile page then start to explore the site. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 04-May-2020, 08:14 GMT by leics2 ]

10. Posted by Brilin (Budding Member 42 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thanks leics2. So far sums up my experience of the site perfectly.