On top of its quarterly Accelerate promotion (which is both mostly woeful and not open to all members) IHG Rewards has now launched a couple of new promotions targeted at travelers booking stays at its InterContinental properties.
As IHG has been devaluing its points on a yearly basis and, more recently, has appeared to significantly devalue its PointBreaks deals as well, I've been spending a lot less time at IHG properties and, as a result, I gave up my InterContinental Ambassador status in May 2018....but now I think I may want it back.
Last week I wrote about some changes that are rumored to be coming to the benefits offered by the InterContinental Ambassador and Royal Ambassador programs and, by and large, the changes were considered a net positive by most people....but we may have been too quick to judge.
The IHG Ambassador Program is made up of a loyalty status that you can pay for (IHG Ambassador) and a status which you can only attain via an invitation from IHG (Royal Ambassador). The former costs $200 to join (more information here) while the criteria for Royal Ambassador are not published and appear to change from year to year.
It's that time of year again where I have to decide whether or not to renew my InterContinental Ambassador membership and this time around it's a tougher decision than it has been in the past...and I may need some help. In past years I've felt that I got good value out of my Ambassador membership and felt that I justified the cash outlay so renewing for another year was a no brainer. This year I can't honestly say the same.
Although InterContinental hotels are part of the IHG group (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc...) and therefore are part of the IHG Rewards loyalty program, they also have their own, separate, loyalty program called InterContinental Ambassador. If you think that's strange then wait until you hear that InterContinental Ambassador isn't a status you achieve so much as a status that you buy.....for $200.