It seems I have reached IHG’s new Spire Elite top membership status. Perks have been pretty good so far along the way, including a room upgrade that was bigger than some of the apartment’s I’ve lived in — and that was at Platinum Elite status.
Shortly after reaching Spire Elite, I received an email describing the “Exclusive Choice Benefit”, offering me 25,000 points or gifting Platinum Elite status to a friend. Pretty awesome.
Next I am going to tackle the Marriott rewards, which have an 80,000 point credit sign-up bonus floating around until 8/31/2015. The Marriott points are transferable to United miles at a decent rate, and will undoubtedly get me another free flight. Ca ching!