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Almost a week after the news quietly first appeared on its website, IHG Rewards has now started sending out emails to members to let them know that their elite status will be extended through February 2023. The emails also contain further good news so we now also know that select free night certificates will have their expiration dates extended and that two other IHG elite status programs will be extending select elite statuses.
Select free night certificates extended
There’s good news and bad news surrounding IHG free night certificates.
The good news is that if you earned a free night certificate in 2021 (which will have a 2022 expiration date) IHG says that you’ll see that certificate’s expiration date extended. This news is also now appearing on the IHG website where you can also see confirmation that the expiration date will be extended to 31 December 2022.
The bad news is that if you still have a certificate that is due to expire at the end of this year, its expiration date will not be extended.
This seems fair enough as these certificates were originally issued in 2020 and have already had their expiration dates extended once.
As you’ll see from the screenshot above, the expiration date extensions have yet to be processed but IHG has said that we should see this happen in the coming weeks.
Royal Ambassador and Kimpton Inner Circle status extensions
Guests with IHG’s two invitation-only elite status tiers will be joining IHG Rewards members in seeing their statuses extended.
Loyalty Lobby has published an email sent to Royal Ambassadors and to Kimpton Inner Circle members confirming the status extensions through December 2022.
So far, there hasn’t been any news surrounding InterContinental Ambassador statuses.
The section of the IHG website where status and points extension announcements are usually posted continues to only say that “The Ambassador ‘Benefits Guarantee’ is suspended for stays up to and including January 31, 2022, due to COVID-19-related operational constraints”.
With all other elite status levels being extended through December 2022/February 2023, it’s possible that we’ll get positive news about InterContinental Ambassador statuses in the coming days.
IHG Rewards is now starting to communicate elite status extensions to members via email and it has also confirmed that free night certificates earned in 2021 will now have an expiration date of 31 December 2022. In further good news, Royal Ambassador and Kimpton Inner Circle members will also be seeing their statuses extended but, so far, there isn’t any news of extensions for InterContinental Ambassador members.