Chase IHG credit card sign-up bonus counts toward Spire Elite qualification

Last week, IHG announced the official launch of the new top tier for their Rewards Club, Spire Elite.

IHG Rewards Club members qualify for Spire Elite after earning either 75,000 points or staying 75 nights in IHG hotels.

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Out & Out has discovered a great bit of news for people who have signed up for the Chase IHG Rewards Club MasterCard this year. Those points earned for signing up for the credit card and meeting the minimum spend requirement count toward Spire Elite qualification!

There have been some offers out there that give 80,000 points, which means that you can qualify for Spire Elite just by meeting the minimum spend.

Since I got the card earlier this year, I checked to see if I had qualified, and I had.

Click here to go to the IHG site to check for yourself

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Here’s where it gets exciting. Upon qualifying for Spire Elite, you unlock your selection of Exclusive Choice Benefits. You can find these benefits by clicking on “Choice Benefits” on the bottom of the left column of the “My Account” page.

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There are 2 options: 25,000 IHG Rewards Club points, or giving Platinum status to a friend.

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In my case (and most likely, most cases), taking the points was a no brainer, and I was immediately credited with an additional 25,000 points. This means my credit card sign up bonus was essentially 105,000 IHG Rewards Club points. Not bad at all!

Out & Out reports that not everyone is seeing this in their account, but my guess is that it’s based on the calendar year that you signed up for the card, plus not all bonuses were enough to meet the threshold alone. If you got the Chase IHG credit card in 2015 and have earned over 75,000 points (including your original signup bonus), check your account to see if you have qualified for Spire Elite.

Thanks again to Out & Out for bringing this to my attention!

Update: Some people have reported that the signup bonus is not counting toward Spire for recent applications, so I would not count on getting the 25k bonus if you don’t already have the card

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