Back in June IHG announced the details of its new One Rewards program and it’s coming soon in “early June”. They didn’t further clarify the starting date, but it looks like the new program is already rolling out.
The biggest concern of many is the free breakfast for Diamond Elites. From the discussions on Flyertalk it’s pretty clear that most, if not all IHG hotels have opted to offer it as a welcome amenity since either June 1st or June 8th. If any hotel is still playing the game and refusing to offer it, I suggest you file a complaint.
On the other hand, you can now check and select the Milestone Rewards.
Provided that you’ve stayed at least 20 nights this year, you can choose your first reward between bonus points, F&B voucher and the suite upgrade voucher.
From what we’ve gathered so far, you have three months to choose it after qualification, and then the F&B voucher or suite upgrade voucher are valid for 365 days. Note that the F&B voucher isn’t redeemable yet, and the suite upgrade voucher is quite restricted, as it can’t be applied to reward or prepaid bookings.
If you’ve hit 40 nights this year already, you’ll soon be able to select the annual lounge membership, which entitles you to lounge access at all IHG brands including Regent and InterContinental hotels.