IHG Rewards Club has now processed the InterContinental Royal Ambassador renewals and upgrades for the 2018 calendar year.
InterContinental Royal Ambassador status is by invitation only. Previously, you could get referred to it, get your Ambassador account upgraded by spending set number of nights plus minimum three different InterContinental hotels thrown in.
You can access IHG’s page for InterContinental Ambassador program here.
Here’s what showed up on my account statement today:
The main benefits of Royal Ambassador status are guaranteed 8AM check in, complimentary minibar beverages, club access and InterContinental hotels and minimum two category upgrade (often suites – writing this at the Junior Suite at the Grand Stanford.
Here are my qualification figures for 2017:
Total 104 IHG nights of which
– 72 InterContinental nights at 27 different hotels of which one was award
– Crowne Plaza 9 nights (all paid)
– Holiday Inn 6 nights (all paid)
– Holiday Inn Resort 5 nights (all paid)
– Holiday Inn Express 6 nights (all paid)
– Indigo 6 nights (all paid)
Non-InterContinental hotels should no longer count towards Royal Ambassador renewal. My overall IHG spend was roughly $16K per the online account statement as of December 31st.
I would say that the average spend at InterContinental hotels was higher than at the other brands. My estimate of the InterContinental spend would be around $13K.
The Royal Ambassador qualification criteria for account upgrades and renewals is somewhere north of $10K. It is difficult to say if the number of nights spend at InterContinental hotels play any part or not.
Previously, all the spend was included but IHG indicated that only InterContinental one would count towards Royal Ambassador invitations going forward that would make sense. The status is only valid when staying at InterContinental hotels.
It is very difficult to let Royal Ambassador status expire after having it for the most part since the mid 2000’s. I do find the Royal Ambassador treatment when it comes to upgrades to be very good if you avoid some hotels. It helps that there aren’t really that many InterContinental hotels and you end up being a return guest most of the time.
I wouldn’t, however, try to qualify under the rules of today from the Ambassador status unless I would be in an assignment and someone else would be footing the bill. Ambassador status itself is worthwhile for guaranteed 4PM check out and minimum one category upgrade (and the free weekend night voucher).
I would like to hear from readers if they were renewed or not or if their Ambassador status was upped? How many total InterContinental nights did you have in 2017 and what was your approximate total InterContinental spend? You can include your total IHG figures too like I did above.