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• Platinum Elite status in IHG® Rewards Club
• Up to USD20 restaurants & bars credit for every stay***
• Ambassador Benefits Guarantee to ensure you make the most out of every stay
• E-delivery of complimentary weekend night certificate

• One complimentary breakfast every night you stay
• 15% discount on restaurants and bars


This helps me so much as earlier, I was required to physically carry the certificate. However, that is not required anymore. I can just e-redeem my certificate directly at the property. No physical paper required.

Instead of getting Gold Elite which basically is no benefit when staying at other properties that aren’t Intercontinental hotel like Holiday Inn or Kimpton. You don’t even get upgraded to better room at times. Now, with Platinum Elite you get following benefits.

Basically, you are entitled to Room Upgrade. You get 50% bonus earning on base points vs 10% earlier. If you spent more than 50 nights in a year but less than 75, it gets added to tally for next year. At 75, you get top tier named Spire Elite.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter what tier you are on at IHG, you still don’t get free breakfast benefit. I am not sure when they will treat their frequent guest without making them feel like they are fighting for pocket change.

Some properties may offer you lounge access as compared to earlier a drink or 400 points benefit. I have used my points for buying water at some properties which was embarassing but couldn’t help it.

I am not sure about $20 food credit. I believe it is limited to very few properties across the world. I would have to see it in action.


I can see IHG is working hard to get more business from people by throwing out very generous offer. I just wish they could stop counting pennies when you are staying at properties like Intercontinental which are considered top of the line luxury hotels. I love all the changes they have made to the program for sure. It is a step in right direction.

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Cody is a travel consultant and full-time traveler from India. He holds a deep background in Network and Network Security. Something that enabled him to develop the hacker mindset. He uses his hacker mindset to travel Luxuriously and to stay in suites in 5-star hotels and resorts and fly business or first class at very economical prices by applying various travel hacks to enrich his and his client's life. He helps people maximizing their travel portfolio. He believes that your current travel should reward your future travels. Cody initially traveled as a backpacker and stayed in modest locations and over the period has improved his life by using all his travel hacks to stay in top-end luxury locations across the world. Cody has traveled over 60 countries in last 5 years. Cody is a blogger, motivator, storyteller, travel consultant and a life coach. He has been featured in multiple publications such as Times of India, Dainik Bhaskar, magazines such as Men’s Health. He was invited to inspire people on a platform such as TEDx. He has trained over 100s of people achieve their lifestyle goals.


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