Status Levels

Last updated: June 27th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Read about the what it takes to hit the Gold/Platinum levels of Priority club – then bring all your questions over to the Getting Status FAQ.

Club Level

Requirements

  • Just sign up
  • There are no sign up bonuses – so just go ahead and do it!

Benefits

  • Ability to collect points and sign up for bonuses
  • Extended check-out*
  • Weekday newspaper*
  • Transfer points between member accounts (at a cost of US$6.50 per 1,000)

Gold Level

Requirements

  • 20,000 Points
  • Or 15 Nights

Benefits

  • All Club benefits plus:
  • Priority Check-in™ ensuring your room and key are ready upon your arrival
  • 10% bonus on base points
  • Exclusive toll-free Gold Elite customer service number

Platinum Elite Level

Requirements

  • 60,000 Points
  • Or 50 Nights

Benefits

  • All Gold elite benefits plus:
  • Complimentary room upgrades (subject to availability)
  • Guaranteed room availability (72 hours in advance)**
  • 50% bonus in base points
  • Exclusive toll-free Platinum Elite customer service number*

* May not be available in all regions

** Except during special events that result in extraordinary room demand,

Tell Me More about the Upgrade Policy…

“Subject to availability” — What this really means that this is completely hit and miss, 50% of the time the hotel will be “full” – even if it’s not and 50% of the time you’ll get something.

Where can I get an upgrade?

Most Holiday Inn Express hotels in Europe only have one level of room – so no upgrade is possible

Holiday Inn Express hotels in America do have different types of rooms so an upgrade is possible.

Holiday Inns / Crowne Plaza Hotels often offer an upgrade from a standard room to an executive room. Anything more (i.e. Club to a Suite) or  access in to the Club lounge is a major bonus.

Upgrades in InterContinental hotels are based on ambassador status.

Do I get Lounge Access?

Only if you’re lucky – unlike the top tier of other programs there is no requirement for the hotel to give anyone lounge access unless it is included in their room rate.

What if I’m Gold status?

You’ll be very lucky to receive any kind of upgrade!

What Qualifies as an upgrade?

A room:

  • with a view
  • away from the elevators
  • with executive facilities (bath robe for example)
  • with more space
  • on a higher floor
  • lounge access
  1. sddrew
    August 9th, 2010 at 14:44 | #1

    Hi,
    I am currently a Gold card holder, am i allowed to purchase points to reach 60,000 to enable me to get a upgrade to Elite level, or do you have to physically stay 50 nights within a year to get this upgrade?

  2. alexa
    November 8th, 2010 at 11:31 | #2

    @sddrew
    you can buy points to reach platinium

  3. Point Whore
    May 16th, 2011 at 15:36 | #3

    @alexa
    This can be an effective strategy, thst pays off handsomely…

    I did that my first year in December to hit Platinum for the following year, which gave me 50% platinum points (instead of 10% with gold) on 100 nights… I’ve been Platinum ever since….

  4. zzd
    August 30th, 2011 at 15:17 | #4

    Hi, thanks for this great info. I’m considering transferring 20,000 points from my chase sapphire preferred bonus to priority club, and then buying 4 nights using “points + cash” at a 5,000 point + $60 per night hotel, which I understand effectively gives me 60,000 points for 4 nights at 15,000 points each. Would this qualify for any elite status? And if so, would I have it before the stay?

    thanks.

  5. zzd
    August 31st, 2011 at 00:07 | #5

    Also, what exactly is “Priority Check-in”? If I arrive at a hotel at 8:00 a.m. would my room be ready if I have Priority Check-In?

  6. MArtin
    October 5th, 2011 at 05:02 | #6

    Can I ask that if you are at platinum level do you have to ask for the upgrade or is it awarded automatically? I have just reached the platinum level hence the question.

  7. admin
    October 5th, 2011 at 05:37 | #7

    @zzd
    No, P+C stays do not quality for status nor do points purchased this way

    @zzd
    Sorry – all this means is that you get to jump the queue when you check-in. You don’t get access to your room early.

    @MArtin
    Upgrade is on a space available basis only – so not every time. I always ask if I got an upgrade – sometimes it pays!

  8. Sandy
    July 1st, 2012 at 13:15 | #8

    Hi!

    I just joined the Holiday Inn Club Vacation through my timeshare ownership. I am trying to figure out if this is the same as the Priority Club I am reading about here. I see a difference between the levels for the HICV:

    (HICV) Preferred, premier, prestige, elite.

    It seems that the levels are described differently on this board.

    I haven’t yet received my paperwork, so I am just trying to learn about the benefits in advance.

  9. Modasser
    January 29th, 2013 at 10:02 | #9

    I have been a Priority Club member for a few years now and have realised the platinum status is not worth while as only difference is the room upgrade from |Gold status.
    I am currently Platinum and the service level is no difference or privilage as if you was with another large chain.
    Best sticking to gold which is standard now as long as you have a basic priority club credit card .

  10. BRUCE MONTEITH
    October 24th, 2013 at 14:37 | #10

    HOW MANY POINTS DO I HAVE?

    MEMBERSHIP # 626 xx xxx

  11. Paul L. Kirk
    January 21st, 2014 at 11:06 | #11

    How many points do I have ?

    Membership #210 794 608

  12. Chris
    May 28th, 2014 at 15:05 | #12

    @Sandy

    Timeshare is Different I have one there are different levels there with the club vacations however this is a different type you are asking the question on the hotel side. As a IHGCV member you qualify automatically for the Gold status on the Hotel side. So to get platinum you either have to pay for extra points or stay at the standard hotel enough times. On the IHGCV you have to buy a timeshare that meets the different levels and you have benefits that come with that level.

  13. Chris
    May 28th, 2014 at 15:06 | #13

    @Chris

    Sorry I read my comment after I posted it hope you understand it…lol

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