One of the more major benefits of the InterContinental Ambassador program just became more valuable - the free weekend night certificate that all Ambassador members are given as part of their benefits pack can now be used at Kimpton properties worldwide and, to make things even better, the Kimpton bookings are not restricted to weekends!
My InterContinental Ambassador membership was set to expire next month so I've been wondering if IHG would be offering an extension and, if an extension was forthcoming, what it would look like. With no announcement of any kind coming from IHG I emailed the hotelier to see if I could find out what may be in works and, although I have yet to receive a reply, I got my answer when I checked my account this morning.
In the normal course of events I usually find myself having to chase up various loyalty programs to ensure that my accounts are credited with the miles and points I'm due, but right now I'm a little unsure as to why one hotely loyalty program has just credited my account with a nice chunk of points.
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.