IHG One Rewards offering instant Diamond status to all

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Register now and enjoy instant IHG Diamond status till the end of 2022; stay 10 nights and extend it till the end of 2023.

Update: This offer now seems to be dead. For all those who managed to get their account upgraded, I’d hold off on booking any non-refundable stays in expectation of being able to use the benefits. Let’s give this a few days and see whether the status sticks

Earlier this year, IHG launched IHG One Rewards, its revamped loyalty programme with new elite benefits such as complimentary breakfast and lounge access. 

While the jury’s still out as to how good hotels are with honouring the new benefits, what’s clear is that IHG wants as many people as possible to take a test drive. After offering instant Platinum status for 120 days to literally anyone in May, it’s going one step further by offering instant Diamond status till the end of 2022.

Enjoy instant IHG One Diamond status

Register Here

In order to enjoy instant IHG Diamond status, all you need to do is visit this page and enter your registered email address (if prompted for a promotion code, enter 70027). That’s it. Your account will be instantly upgraded to Diamond till 31 December 2022, no questions asked.

By staying at least 10 nights between now and 31 December 2022, you can extend your Diamond status until 31 December 2023 (for perspective, IHG Diamond normally requires 70 nights in a calendar year).

The offer really seems too good to be true, but I’ve tried it on my account and everything went through like clockwork. The only possible catch, as Ben from OMAAT has pointed out, is that if this turns out to be a targeted promotion then IHG reserves the right to revoke any status awarded. Given how fast this opportunity is proliferating throughout the interwebs, we’ll have to see…

 

As an IHG Diamond member, you’ll enjoy benefits such as:

  • Complimentary breakfast
  • 100% IHG bonus points
  • Room upgrades up to standard suites (subject to availability)
  • Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Dedicated customer support

The detailed list of benefits can be found below.

Since upgrades will be more competitive than ever before, what with everyone being a Diamond member, the real benefit for me is the free breakfast.

IHG Diamond members enjoy a hot breakfast for two guests. Alcoholic beverages or speciality coffees may be excluded by hotels (even if they’re offered to all other breakfast-paying guests), but at least the wording means we shouldn’t see any continental breakfast shenanigans. 

Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, InterContinental Alliance properties (in Las Vegas and Macau) and Mr. and Mrs. Smith properties are excluded from the breakfast benefit. 

Do note that club lounge access is not an automatic benefit of IHG Diamond status. Instead, this needs to be earned through the Milestone Rewards programme. As a reminder, here’s the current list of Milestone Rewards; you’ll need at least 40 elite nights to earn a lounge pass.

MilestoneRewards
20 nights
  • 5,000 bonus points
  • 2 F&B rewards (US$20 ea.)
  • 1 confirmable suite upgrade

(Pick one)

30 nights
  • 5,000 bonus points
  • 2 F&B rewards (US$20 ea.)

(Pick one)

40 nights
  • 10,000 bonus points
  • 5 F&B rewards (US$20 ea.)
  • 1 confirmable suite upgrade (limit one)
  • Annual lounge membership (limit one)

(Pick two)

50 nights
  • 10,000 bonus points
  • 5 F&B rewards (US$20 ea.)

(Pick one)

60 nights
  • 10,000 bonus points
  • 5 F&B rewards (US$20 ea.)

(Pick one)

70 nights
  • 10,000 bonus points
  • 5 F&B rewards (US$20 ea.)
  • 2 confirmable suite upgrades (limit one)
  • Annual lounge membership (limit one)

(Pick two)

80 nights
  • 10,000 bonus points
  • 5 F&B rewards (US$20 ea.)

(Pick one)

90 nights
  • 10,000 bonus points
  • 5 F&B rewards (US$20 ea.)

(Pick one)

100 nights
  • 10,000 bonus points
  • 5 F&B rewards (US$20 ea.)

(Pick one)

Conclusion

IHG One Rewards is currently offering instant Diamond status till the end of 2022 to anyone who registers, with the option to retain it for the rest of 2023 with just 10 nights.

All I can surmise is they want to allow as many people as possible to test drive the benefits of Diamond, although I can’t imagine the hotels will be too happy at the sudden influx of elites. It also means that the upgrade pool will be more competitive than ever before, but if nothing else, free breakfast is a genuinely useful perk to look forward to.

(HT: Loyalty Lobby)

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Wan

Where can we find the T&C for this, especially for the 10 nights?

Zen

If booked on points, but spent 30 usd on f&b, does it count as qualified stay/night from your experience or knowledge?

Abhinav G.

Does that include taxes and fees?

Cher

Hi Aaron, if I’ve a room reservation, would the Diamond status apply to it? Or only for new bookings? Thank you!

Nic

Am I right to presume the membership benefits such as late check-outs or free breakfast only applies to hotel bookings made directly through the hotel’s website, and not via 3rd party sites such as Agoda/Expedia?

Ken

As always

Steven

Hi Aaron, I was required to key in a promo code but I can’t find it anywhere. Thanks.

Andynamics

Think this is required for those accessing it on mobile browser. Key in 70027 for the promo code, it shld work

Steven

Access Denied 😞

Steven

Managed to register. Thanks!

Jay

How did u manage to register? It still says code is invalid.

Gib

Yeah, it says code is invalid for me

Mike

how do we check if the hotel has lounge?

James Quek

I already had achieved a renewal of Platinum status for next year, will this promotion jeopardize my achieved status should I fail to meet the extra 10 nights by year end?

Bert

Hi Aaron, have you ever considered reviewing the The InterContinental Ambassador program (Paid membership)? Was wondering if this would be a viable option after 2022 IHG promotions expire

Leo Liang

You shouldn’t now, it’s just not worth it, if you have diamond status you get free breakfast anyways and the guaranteed room upgrade for the ambassador program often aren’t an upgrade(Barclay have 6 types of standard rooms just for this purpose).

Kelvin

I’ve been an Ambassador since 2017 and I think it’s a decent program if you’re already going to stay at Intercontinentals a couple of times a year anyway (and keep your expectations in check). For the price or points of approximately one night, you’d get a free weekend night stay voucher which I personally value at ~1/2 a night due to all the conditions, and guaranteed 4pm checkout. I absolutely adore this second perk and find it worth the price of admission: no more “subject to availability” conditions of most other membership programs and no need for a whole song… Read more »

Neetu

This didn’t work for me. Even after I entered the promo code. What a bummer.

Neetu

I got on the phone with IHG about this as it wasn’t working for me. Just to be clear this offer DOES NOT APPLY to anyone living in Greater China. So if you’re in HK and reading this, you won’t receive this offer. If it works for anyone in HK please let me know. Thanks!

KLR

Are they nights per room or per booking? Meaning if I book 2 rooms x 2 nights does it constitute as 4 nights? Thanks sir.

Zerohog

I’m still 2 nights away from completing the 15 nights status to diamond.
Do you think if I upgrade to diamond now, will it affect my previous offers challenge?

Jay

Will diamond status be still applicable for my stay in 2023 if i were to book now?

Walder

Hi Aaron, is the free breakfast offered for all guests staying in the same room or only for the single member who is a Diamond member?

Tami

Promo not working for me. Tried two browsers on laptop and on mobile with no luck. Bummed!

Jwr

It works for me on Thursday 10pm. I think i am super lucky!!

Kel Tay

In Singapore. Didn’t work on desktop or mobile. Tried 2 membership numbers (one newly created).

Ortloc

As stated on the sign up page: “Many offers are only available to IHG One Rewards Club members who receive a specific, targeted communication from IHG. Successful registration does not guarantee that you will receive the points or miles offered when the offer requirements are met if you are not eligible per the offer terms and conditions…” Looks like an overzealous person shared the link and code and it spread like wildfire. I managed to register last night on the browser when there was no need for a code. I’m now hesitant to book even though my Diamond status is… Read more »

Alian

Just took my new diamond status for a spin at InterCon KL. Seems like the staff are not aware of the benefits and had to confirm with Manager on free breakfast and did not offer any upgrade. Then the staff slip and acknowledged my previous ambassador status.

I suspect IHG is aware of this fluke and footnote our previous status.

Anyway I’m targeting the 10 nights to keep Diamond as I have another stay in Hanoi. Both KL and Hanoi prices are pretty good and works well for a mattress run.

Henry

Does booking with points or points + cash count towards the 10 elite qualifying nights?

Jwr

Has anyone achieved 10 nights? I will be achieving by end of this week

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