Reader Question: IHG Rewards Club InterContinental Royal Ambassador Qualification Criteria?

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A two LoyaltyLobby readers have recently sent us emails regarding qualifying/requalifying for InterContinental Royal Ambassador status.

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Here’s one reader email:

And impression about my chance to hit the “Royal Ambassador” renewal for 2019.

My current account is showing 71 qualifying nights and 315,623 qualifying points. Having stayed at 5 different intercontinental hotels only!

Im about to stay 9 nights and spend EUR2400 more.

and here’s another one:

My job takes me many great places and allows me to travel a great deal and I spend around 130 nights a year in hotels.  About 50 with Marriott and around 80 with IHG.

I am a lonely Royal Ambassador with IHG and none of us really know what the renewal criteria are for the following year.   However, I am curious on your professional thoughts?  Is it 10K spend at Intercontinental alone or just with the brand?  To achieve Royal Status for the following year?

My spend so far this year with IC’s has been around 6700.  My Total qualified spending is approx. $ 4,930.  A total of 24 nights with IC.

and an additional 28 with other IHG properties.

Well. We cannot know for sure what the qualification criterias are for 2019. The requirement for this year basically was $10,000 in InterContinental only spend.

It didn’t matter how many nights you had consumed at InterContinentals or how many you had visited, although I doubt that many qualified based on staying only at one. The money spend at all other IHG brands was basically wasted if your goal was to renew/qualify for Royal Ambassador.

Both readers should check how much so far in 2018 has been their spend at InterContinental hotels only (base points) and exclude all other possible elite qualifying points earned.


Long gone are those days when Royal Ambassador kit came with referrals certificate (and those who were referred got referral certs too). Officially qualifying required for years just 50 nights (all IHG brands) and staying at 3 separate InterContinental hotels.

Then IHG realized that Ambassador members were paying more for their rooms on average than Royal Ambassador members and decided to “refresh” the program (read more here).

So, now we are in a situation where IHG doesn’t have official qualification criteria and many long time Royal Ambassador members, myself included, are not satisfied with the recent program changes (read more here).

The qualification or requalification currently requires you to be an an Ambassador/Royal Ambassador member and spend $10,000 within a calendar year only with InterContinental hotels (note that this is tax/service exclusive). Let’s hope that this requirement stays in place for 2019….