FALSE ALARM: IHG Rewards Club “Enhances” Royal Ambassador Point Earnings At InterContinental Hotels By -25%?

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On January 4, I wrote (access here) about an apparent earning “enhancement” that IHG Rewards Club had instituted for stays at InterContinental hotels.

FALSE ALARM IHG Rewards Club Royal Ambassador InterContinental Points Earning Enhancement

My stay at an InterContinental hotel that posted after the new year didn’t include both the Royal Ambassador and Platinum bonus points. I sent an email to IHG to get a clarification, but received no reply.

You can access IHG’s web page for Ambassador benefits here.

READ MORE: IHG Rewards Club Email About Ambassador Accelerator

I can now confirm, however, that this apparently was a mistake OR IHG Rewards Club is not yet instituting this change.

IHG Rewards Club Royal Ambassador InterContinental Points Earning Enhancement Past Jan 1 2015 Update

My stay at the same hotel that posted without bonus point couple of days earlier included both bonuses this time around.

IHG Rewards Club Royal Ambassador InterContinental Points Earning Enhancement Past Jan 1 2015 Update 2

Here are the benefits associated with the Royal Ambassador status that doesn’t include ANY reference to bonus points for stays at InterContinental hotels:

RECEIVE EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS

  • Guaranteed upgrade to executive room, Club InterContinental room or suite
  • Guaranteed room availability, 24 hrs in advance
  • Fresh fruit upon arrival
  • Mineral water in room, replenished daily
  • In-room gift
  • Complimentary use of in-hotel health club facilities
  • Single-room rate for double occupancy

ENJOY A MORE RELAXING STAY

  • Early check in from 8am, extended checkout, up to 4pm
  • Dedicated Ambassador check-in area
  • Complimentary Internet
  • Complimentary mini-bar beverages, during stay
  • Complimentary pay-TV film per stay
  • Complimentary newspaper, delivered daily
  • Instant checkout

EARN & REDEEM REWARDS

  • Complimentary weekend night certificate*
  • Earn IHG® Rewards Club points at all IHG hotels
  • Collect points or miles
  • 5,000 bonus IHG® Rewards Club points
  • Redeem points for rewards, including free nights

READ MORE: IHG Rewards Club Ambassador Accelerator Still Continuing To Reward Points?

Conclusion

IHG Rewards Club has set this bonus to expire at the end of 2014. There is no other explanation why it didn’t post first for stays that posted in 2015. There is nothing on the T&C’s of the program about these bonus points. Maybe they are going away just like the Ambassador accelerator did without any announcements?

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