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In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tels Group has un­veiled changes to its IHG Re­wards Club. Be­gin­ning in July, Re­wards Club will in­tro­duce a new top mem­ber­ship level. This top tier can be reached by earn­ing 75,000 qual­i­fy­ing points or stay­ing at IHG ho­tels for 75 qual­i­fy­ing nights, over the course of a year.

Mem­bers in this new level will earn 100 per­cent ex­tra bonus points on qual­i­fy­ing stays. Mem­bers of this new­est level will also be able to choose be­tween re­ceiv­ing 25,000 points or up­grad­ing a friend or fam­ily mem­ber to Plat­inum. The qual­i­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments for all mem­ber­ship lev­els have been re­struc­tured. Club mem­bers will need to earn just 10,000 qual­i­fy­ing points or stay for 10 qual­i­fy­ing nights to be el­i­gi­ble for Gold mem­ber­ship. Gold mem­bers will need to earn 40,000 qual­i­fy­ing points or stay for 40 qual­i­fy­ing nights to reach Plat­inum mem­ber­ship.

Start­ing in May, all points for IHG Re­wards Club Mem­bers will ex­pire if they have not earned or re­deemed any points at all in the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

To get com­plete de­tails visit ihg.com. In other Re­wards Club news, IHG has launched IHG Busi­ness Re­wards, of­fer­ing IHG Re­wards Club points on all qual­i­fied busi­ness book­ings made by mem­bers on be­half of oth­ers. There is no book­ing thresh­old and no min­i­mum qual­i­fy­ing spend.

All IHG Busi­ness Re­wards book­ings will also count to­ward achiev­ing IHG Re­wards Club Gold or Plat­inum tier sta­tus, when the same mem­ber books and stays at an IHG ho­tel. Mem­bers can use IHG Busi­ness Re­wards points with all the re­demp­tion op­tions avail­able in the IHG Re­wards Club global cat­a­log.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit ihg.com/busi­ness­re­wards.

Time to Give Back

As loy­alty pro­grams change and of­fer more and var­ied ex­pe­ri­ences, HHonors has teamed with Poin­tWor­thy.com to in­clude a way to give back to oth­ers us­ing points.

Head to the hhonors3.hil­ton. com to read through the easy steps and link to poin­twor­thy site.You can do­nate to or­ga­ni­za­tions that will care for an­i­mals (WWF), feed the hun­gry in the US (Feed­ing Amer­ica), re­cy­cle soap (Global Soap Pro­ject) and more. There is also a search en­gine, which al­lows you to search for a spe­cific char­ity or one in your state.

There is def­i­nitely some­thing here for any­one who wants to give back. Alaska Air­lines has an­nounced they will re­ward you with 1,000 bonus miles if you tag your bag at home. They are call­ing it their“new­est time­sav­ing trick.”For your travel to se­lect cities, you can log onto their web­site and print out your bag tags be­fore you leave for the air­port.

When you ar­rive at the air­port, you leave your bags with the Self-Tag Ex­press bag drop area in the tick­et­ing lobby. They have a bag tag holder for your use – which you can pick up at the air­port or have mailed to you ahead of time. The 1,000-point bonus of­fer is good through Oct. 20.

Online Self-Tag Ex­press is al­ready avail­able for nearly 75 cities in the Alaska Air net­work, with another 25 com­ing soon. All the de­tails can be found at alaskaair.com.

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