There has been a lot said these past few hours about the changes that IHG announced to IHG Rewards Club – the new super elite level, their 100% points bonus, the reduced earnings required at the lower Gold and Platinum levels – but there is a wrinkle in the points expiry announcement.
Many people hold credit cards and earn IHG points that way. Personally I was expecting my credit card usage to keep my points alive once they start to expire 12 months after no activity. Except it’s not actually any activity that will keep them alive, unlike most hotel and airline programmes where earning even 1 point extends the life of your miles/points.
With IHG it must be a hotel stay in order to extend my points.
From their press release:
To enable IHG to reward our guests who stay with us most often, starting from May 2016, IHG will expire all points for IHG Rewards Club Members if they have not earned or redeemed any points at all in the previous 12 months. IHG Rewards Club members will continue to maintain their point balances simply by completing a qualifying stay at one of IHG’s 4,800 hotels or redeeming some of their existing points during a membership year
This shouldn’t be too hard, what with IHG having some hotels which are pretty cheap at weekends, but it’s worth watching as it’s so dissimilar to other Miles & Points programmes that lots of people may get caught out.