Reader Question: Maintaining Royal Ambassador Status For 2018? Requalification Criteria?


A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question by email about the InterContinental Royal Ambassador requalification criteria for 2018.

Reader Question Maintaining Royal Ambassador Status For 2018 Requalification Criteria

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Here’s the email from the reader:

I’m very concerned about maintaining my RA status for the next year.

What do you think is the minimum number of qualifying nights to stay in order to get the chance to hit this goal?

I’ve stayed at 6 IC hotels in US and Europe.

29 rolled over nights and will have about 75 IC paid nights by December 2017.

Let me know what you think about that

How much is your spend at IC hotels?

Hard to say…

In US it’s about $450a night. Total of 8  nights the rest is about $150 a night in EU.

I called the IHG executive office and they told me that at least 70 qualifying nights will get me to the point where I could have the chance.

Does it make sense?

IHG Rewards Club and Ambassador program used to have (see the past tense) very clear rules for Royal Ambassador qualification but these were all changed last year.

Now, you need roughly $10,000+ in InterContinental spend and certain number of InterContinental nights (exact number is not clear) and perhaps still minimum three different InterContinental hotels.

The rollover nights are completely irrelevant. The total InterContinental nights are almost irrelevant too if you overall InterContinental spend is high enough.

8 X $450 = $3,600

67 X $150 = $10,050

That is close to $14K in spend.


I believe that IHG Rewards Club and Ambassador program would do better if they clearly communicate the Royal Ambassador qualification criteria. Right now it is “secret formula” that is based on number of nights and $$$$$.

The reader should qualify on the $14K amount as long as the tax component is not baked in to these figures (not based points eligible).

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  • David

    I was 50 nights last year in IC, 150 in IHG. £30k spend in IHG and £12k in IC and I didn’t qualify for RA! I also had 15 ICs across all continents. If I don’t qualify this year then I’m not upscaling my stays any longer.

  • colin

    Ignore Amb helpdesk frontline and supervisors, they simply no longer know the RA target, which IHG published as being purely a $$$$ revenue spend at IC hotel brand only (inc f+b) .

    For the renewals 4th Jan 2017, a bunch of FlyerTalk RAs contributed our 2016 stay values nights+IC spend. It seemed a minimum IC spend of us$10,000++ on paid qual nights (ie IC branded spend creditted as EQPs) was the minimum required to. be made an RA for 2017

    The number of nights is no longer 60/20/3 or 75/30/3 target, RA instead now being a spend target, though IHG want to avoid long stay at 1x IC granting RA status, so the 3x Different IC’;s seems retained.
    Whilst some minimum number of IC nights might be required so that you can’t be RA with just 3x usd3500 top suite nights, one FTer had just 20 IC nights with us$20 IC spend on roomrate plus f+b.
    (FTer HadesNL stays in 2016 making him a first time RA => 22/20/7 and us$20,000 )

  • KatKnapper

    I had over $12,000 qualifying spend at IC’s last year. Didn’t make RA. 0$ spend at IC’s this year.