IHG Rewards Club Ambassador Accelerator Extended Now Until June 30, 2014

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Few LoyaltyLobby readers have contacted me in the past two weeks regarding the disappearance of the Ambassador Accelerator from their list of registered IHG Rewards Club promotions.

IHG Rewards Club Ambassador Accelerator

Ambassador Accelerator pays 20,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points for every 15 paid InterContinental nights that is extra 1.333 points per night on average.

You can access IHG’s website for Ambassador benefits here.

This is now second or third time that the Ambassador Accelerator was set to expire, but was then extended without any communication from the IHG Rewards Club. The extension now is just to June 30th of this year.

Why there is an Ambassador Accelerator in the first place for InterContinental says is unclear, but this is likely from the fact that it requires a paid membership and you used to earn just flat 2,000 points before any bonuses for InterContinental stay regardless the stay length or money spent during the stay.

IHG Rewards Club changed the number of points that you earn for InterContinental stays in the Americas (North, Central & South) and the Caribbean starting on February 15, 2012, from the flat 2,000 points per stay to the same schedule (10 points per USD) as with full service IHG properties (read more here). This change excluded InterContinental Alliance resorts, however.

This could indicate that IHG Rewards Club may extend the 10 points per USD earning to all InterContinental properties worldwide come July 1, 2014. I have requested twice clarification from IHG regarding this but have not received a definite answer (or answer of any kind beyond that they will get back to me).

Here are the earning comparisons between what you earn under the fixed and spent based programs:

IHG Rewards Club base, Gold & Platinum member

Current: 2,000 flat points per stay + 10% Gold or 50% Platinum bonus

Variable: 10 points per USD spent + 10% Gold or 50% Platinum bonus

As long as your qualified folio spent (room + incidentals) is more than $200, you are better off by variable spend.

InterContinental Ambassador (IHG Rewards Club Gold)

Current: 2,000 flat points per stay, 10% Gold bonus + Ambassador Accelerator of 1,333 points per stay (prorated)

Variable: 10 points per USD + 10% Gold bonus

As long as your qualified folio spent (room + incidentals) is more than $321.21, you are better off by variable spend.

InterContinental Ambassador (IHG Rewards Club Platinum)

Current: 2,000 flat points per stay, 50% Platinum bonus + Ambassador Accelerator of 1,333 points per stay (prorated)

Variable: 10 points per USD + 50% Platinum bonus

As long as your qualified folio spent (room + incidentals) is more than $288.88, you are better off by variable spend.

InterContinental Royal Ambassador (IHG Rewards Club Platinum)

Current: 2,000 flat points per stay, 50% Platinum bonus, 50% Royal Ambassador bonus + Ambassador Accelerator of 1,333 points per stay (prorated)

Variable: 10 points per USD + 50% Platinum bonus + 50% Royal Ambassador bonus

As long as your qualified folio spent (room + incidentals) is more than $266.65, you are better off by variable spend.

Conclusion

My head was spinning when I was doing the point calculations above. No wonder if the IHG Rewards Club employees are confused at times as well.

IHG Rewards Club members (not Ambassadors) would always be better off when their spent is more than $200 under variable point earnings.

Royal Ambassador members would be at $266,65, Platinum Ambassadors at $288,88 and Gold Ambassador members at $321,21.

Everyone can have a look at their InterContinental stay folios are make their minds what would be the better option under their stay patters. In general, people that stay more than a night or two should always be better under the variable spend. Those that stay for a night or two, could be better under the current earning options as long as the stay is cheap.

I just hope that IHG would have better communicated these Ambassador Accelerator extensions and possible points earning changes to its Ambassador program members.

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