A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me a question by email about the InterContinental Royal Ambassador requalification criteria for 2018.
Reader Question: Points And Night Credit Earned On InterContinental Free Weekend Night Voucher Stay?
A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email about the use of the InterContinental Free Weekend Night-voucher that Ambassador members get with their yearly kit.
IHG Rewards Club has separate recognition program called Ambassador for stays at InterContinental hotels that one can sign up for (cost $200) and I recently wrote about it (read more here).
One of the benefits of being an Ambassador is a Free Weekend Night voucher that can be used towards a two night weekend night stays where the second night will be be complimentary when this certificate is turned in. Member must book certain Ambassador Free Weekend Night-rate plan (read more here).
IHG Rewards Club has made some changes to its website an the old link we had up for checking the prices for the Ambassador free weekend night voucher went dead.
InterContinental has always made checking the free weekend night price quite difficult. You need to log into your Ambassador account and then follow few links. You can, however, check the prices using the link below and decide if signing up for the Ambassador program makes sense for you.
InterContinental Ambassador program recently made lounge access universal benefit for all Royal Ambassador members along with two category confirmed upgrade (certain suites excluded).
IHG Rewards Club has now updated the Ambassador program Terms and conditions. Lounge access is no longer guaranteed benefit all the time at all the properties.
A LoyaltyLobby reader from Switzerland forwarded me a copy of the InterContinental Royal Ambassador welcome letter that he had just received.
Seems that the Royal Ambassador kits may be delayed (yet again!) but the letter came with the Free Weekend Night-voucher (read more about making your booking using it here).
A LoyaltyLobby reader forwarded me his requalification email for Royal Ambassador status that IHG Rewards Club has just sent out (still waiting for mine).
The Ambassador program moved the Royal Ambassador qualification period and status validity to calendar year starting in 2017 and has now informed on this email about a significant qualification change for the 2018 membership year.
Marriott Rewards introduced Elite concierge service last year (don’t know anyone who would have been chosen as a member) and has now changed the name more familiar for those that belong to the SPG program.
Marriott Rewards has renamed the (non-existent) elite Concierge service as Ambassador. Not sure what the benefits of this level are and what is required for qualification.
A LoyaltyLobby reader sent me an email with a question about InterContinental Royal Ambassador status after having significant number of nights with the chain in 2016.
IHG Rewards Club has quietly updated the Terms and conditions governing the Ambassador and Royal Ambassador programs effective January 20, 2017.
The updated T&Cs now include even more exceptions of suites where Ambassador and Royal Ambassador members cannot rely being upgraded. The upgrade and lounge access rules have been updates as well.
There have been reports about IHG Rewards Club account hacks over the past few years. Previously, one could keep trying different PIN combinations over mobile until one would work. Now account is frozen after set number of failed attempts.
IHG Rewards Club has most recently blamed account security for the changes made for award redemption process for stays in Greater China (read more here).
There appears to be a way to extend IHG Rewards Club Spire Elite membership that usually requires 75 nights or 15,000 base points by 12 months by buying Ambassador membership if you don’t already have it.
IHG Rewards Club runs two (or actually three if Kimpton’s Karma is included as well) partially separate programs: IHG Rewards Club for collecting points and elite status that applies to all other IHG hotels besides InterContinental that have their own guest recognition program called Ambassador.