Update: By 2:30 p.m. CST, the IHG site began requiring an additional promo code in order to register for this fast-track to Diamond Status. That may mean this opportunity has ended, but we'll keep an eye on it in case that changes.
Earning a hotel's top tier of status (and the perks like complimentary upgrades and free daily breakfast) typically takes a lot of travel … and money. You won't find an easier path to earn to earn top-tier hotel status through the end of the year – and perhaps all the way through 2023.
IHG (the massive hotel chain behind brands like Intercontinental, Kimpton, Holiday Inn, and many more) is out with a new promo it calls Straight to Diamond. And that's exactly what it is: an instant path straight to IHG Diamond status.
Sign up through IHG with your account number or email, and you'll instantly level up to IHG Diamond Status – I received an email within seconds. But if you stay at least 10 nights through the end of the year, you can extend that top-tier status with IHG all the way through 2023. Loyalty Lobby first drilled into this new promo.
IHG just topped out its IHG One Rewards program with Diamond Elite tier earlier this year, with great perks like a choice of complimentary daily breakfast for two, early check-in and late check-out when available, and being at the top of the pecking order for free room upgrades. Earning it typically requires staying a whopping 70 nights a year.
But there's a big caveat here.
Though the Straight to Diamond signup page for this promo is publicly available, the terms and conditions of seem to suggest that it was targeted to specific members via email. That means IHG could, in theory, eventually claw back this big status promotion. By signing up, you'll also be opting in for promotional emails.
So long as you're not booking a bunch of nonrefundable stays in pursuit of Diamond Status through 2023, this promo is easily worth a shot for the free breakfast benefit at IHG properties alone.
Whether you've got an IHG stay in the books or not, sign up for this promo now to get the hotel chain's top-tier Diamond status through the end of the year.
IHG Diamond Status unlocks free daily breakfast for two and your best odds at complimentary room upgrade. Once you're instantly leveled up, staying 10 nights by the end of the year will get you Diamond status through the end of 2023.
Lead photo courtesy of IHG