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Starting today (July 1), IHG Rewards Club (formerly known as Priority Club) elite members receive free internet at every InterContinental Hotels Group hotel around the world. This is a pretty big deal since getting nickel and dimed for internet as an elite member can get pricey – and annoying. In fact one of the very few times in recent history I have had to pay for internet at a hotel stay was last year at a Crowne Plaza in NYC as an elite Priority Club guest. Internet rang in at about $14 per night, so for a multi-night stay that can add up quickly.
IHG Rewards Club is taking this a step further and providing free internet starting in 2014 for all Rewards Club members, including those without elite status. If you want to learn about some fast tracks to elite status, you can check out their options here. An even easier path to elite status is to get the co-branded credit card that provides Platinum (top tier) status just for having the card. Elite status with IHG Rewards Club isn’t worth too much in the grand scheme, but free internet is free internet, and having elite status is always better than not having it.
Other good improvements they have made include having award stays count toward elite status (Hyatt, please, please do this), and to allow for extra nights earned in a calendar year passed what is required for Platinum status to “rollover” and count toward the next year’s qualification criteria.
None of this is going to cause me to switch my focus to
Priority Club IHG Rewards Club, but they are still nice additions to the program. Thumbs up, IHG Rewards Club!