I have just checked my IHG status. To get to “Gold Elite” (the first non-basic level, despite how fancy it might sound) requires 10,000 points.
This year I have 9,940.
If I was a serious traveller I’d be trying to find a way to get that final 60, but to be honest, even though I’m pretty sure that any one-night stay in any of the IHG brands would net that, I’m not sure the ‘benefits’ are worth another night away from home. Ah, well, I shall have to settle myself with being 99.4% of the way to status.