There has been a subtle change in Terms and conditions when it comes to earning points at InterContinental Hotels. Until February 15th you will continue to earn flat 2000 Priority Club base points at all InterContinental hotels regardless of the length of the stay or money spend.
Starting February 15th there will be a partial change.
Effective 2012 February 15, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean plus all Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, and Holiday Inn Express hotel brands worldwide, you will receive ten (10) points for each USD dollar or local currency equivalent paid toward Eligible Charges on your individual hotel room bill, when you pay Qualifying Room Rates.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts outside of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean plus all InterContinental Alliance Resorts worldwide, you will receive 2,000 points per Qualifying Stay .
I really thought that they couldn’t make this program any more confusing. They are already running two programs simultaneously that are partially overlapping; Ambassador/Royal Ambassador programs, which only apply to InterContinental Hotels, but earn you Priority Club points, and Priority Club that has Gold and Platinum levels which only apply to all other hotels of the InterContinentalHotel Group than InterContinentals themselves. What a mess, right?
Come February 15th when you will have two different point earnings structures for InterContinental hotels. Those that are located in the Americas + the Caribbean, that will earn you 10 points per dollar spend (room revenue + other eligible charges), and all others that will continue to earn the flat 2000 Priority Club points per stay. Of course there are two InterContinental Alliance Resorts in the United States that will both continue earning the flat 2000 points per stay.
Under the current points earning structure for one night stay a Royal Ambassador member would earn:
Base points = 2000 points
Platinum bonus = 1000 points
Royal Ambassador bonus = 1000 points
Ambassador Accelerator bonus (20K for 15 nights) = 1333 points averaged for IC nights
So, currently the minimum the number of points earned for a stay is 5333 not including quarterly or other bonuses. There are no indications, if there are any planned changes to Platinum, Royal Ambassador, or Ambassador Accelerator bonuses.
Overall this change is positive and most will earn far more points after this adjustment in the Americas and the Caribbean than before. It is somewhat surprising that they didn’t roll out this worldwide.