Why I Paid For This Years IHG Ambassador Renewal Using The 15,000 Bonus Points + 10% Rewards Refund Offer

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It was time to renew my IHG Ambassador package again and this year I chose to take advantage of the renewal option including a 15,000 points package plus 10% back on all awards (up to 100k annually).

IHG has modified the ways members can purchase or renew their Ambassador Membership which is an extra upgrade to the regular IHG Rewards Club, applying only at Intercontinental Hotels.

John previously wrote that the renewal price using points is now the same as signing up for the new membership. Previously, the renewing using points was 24,000 or $150 versus 32,000 or $200 for new membership. The cash price for Ambassador Renewal remains at $150 per year.

You can access InterContinental Ambassador program here.

When logging in at my account I was given the following options:

It didn’t make much sense to me to pay either $150 or 40,000 points (especially the points offer didn’t make much sense this time as there is no points kickback as when I initially enrolled last year) so I selected the combination offer instead.

For a premium of $50 I received 15,000 points plus 10% back on all award bookings fpr the coming year. I’m currently getting that anyway since I’m an IHG Rewards Club credit card member so I wonder if this can be stacked – will monitor it and report back in the next few months.

The points posted to my account immediately:

Just the 15k points alone would be more than worth the extra $50. The points kickback maximum is 100,000 points per year which means you have to redeem 1 Million IHG Rewards in order to max this bonus offer out.

Conclusion

I found this a decent offer and even though I only frequent maybe a handful of IC Hotels each year (especially the Intercontinental Grand Parnas in Seoul) the membership pretty much pays for itself given the 15k Points, 10% back and the BOGO Weekend Night voucher.

If one has more than couple of nights at InterContinental hotels, it makes sense to sign up for the Ambassador program. The guaranteed 4PM check out and at the minimum one category upgrade easily pay for the price. In theory you need the Ambassador to get these benefits at Intercontinental Hotels but to be honest I’ve pretty much always gotten elite treatment even when I wasn’t Ambassador.

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