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).
You ca access InterContinental Ambassador program here.
InterContinental has now updated this certificate layout (you can see the old certificate below).
The new certificate (see the featured photo) has the member’s name, account number and some sort of certificate number for validation purposes printed.
Note that InterContinental or IHG Rewards Club doesn’t reimburse properties anything for use of these Free Weekend Night Ambassador vouchers.
Theoretically they have not been transferable previously but they have not included any personable information and thus has been easy to give to another Ambassador member (you must have always been an Ambassador member to use them).
Some InterContinental hotels, however, have made sure that the same member has not used more than one certificate during any 12 month period.
This make gifting, selling or trading of these Ambassador certificates more difficult if not impossible.
As properties don’t get reimbursed anything for usage of these certificates and they are occasionally quite valuable (especially if someone books suites), perhaps someone has been printing these and IHG is now putting a stop to it (making properties authenticate using the cert number)?