IHG runs two guest recognition programs of InterContinental Ambassador and Kimpton Inner Circle in addition to the group-wide IHG Rewards Club.
Royal Ambassador and Inner Circle tiers are invitation only and based on the cash spend at select brands during the calendar year. IHG has now sent out Royal Ambassador renewals for 2021, including some account upgrades.
You can access IHG’s page for the Ambassador program here.
Royal Ambassador is an invitation-only status that has required, in most recent years, a spend an excess of $10K at intercontinental hotels.
IHG considers spend at four brands for Royal Ambassador invitations:
- Six Senses
Here’s a copy of the email that IHG sent out:
InterContinental Royal Ambassador benefits:
IHG communicated earlier that member tiers would be extended by 12 months, but surprisingly they invited more members into the Royal Ambassador-program.
Here’s the small print on the email:
*The Royal Ambassador member will receive one Free Night credited directly to the member’s account, within six weeks of the member achieving Royal Ambassador status. The Free Night credit is redeemable as a ‘Royal Ambassador Free Night’, is room only, and is subject to IHG Rewards Club reward night availability at an IHG hotel (excluding IHG® Army Hotels and InterContinental® Alliance Resorts) where the point amount required for a single redemption night is 70,000 IHG Rewards Club points or less. Free Night has no cash value and may not be transferred, bartered, or sold. The member must be a registered guest for all Free Night redemption stays.
**Participating Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants and Regent Hotels & Resorts will accept redemption of the InterContinental® Ambassador Complimentary Weekend Night from 30 July 2020 – 31 December 2021, excluding Regent Hotels & Resorts in Greater China. The Complimentary Weekend Night is valid on the second night of a paid stay on the “Ambassador Complimentary Weekend Night Rate” and is subject to the standard rules and restrictions as outlined here. Identification and member number must be presented upon check-in. The member must have an un-redeemed and valid Complimentary Weekend Night available within their IHG Rewards Club account. Weekend is defined to include Friday, Saturday and Sunday, except in the Middle East where properties may define the weekend as Thursday, Friday and Saturday. At Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants & Regent Hotels the Ambassador Complimentary Weekend Night is defined as Any Day. Advance reservations are required and when joining the Ambassador programme in hotel, the weekend night cannot be redeemed for the current stay. Ambassador benefits are not honored at Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, including the room upgrade. Regent ® Hotels will recognise InterContinental Ambassador on-property benefits from 30 July 2020 – 31 December 2021, excluding Regent Hotels in Greater China. All Ambassador benefits are subject to the standard rules and restrictions for the InterContinental® Ambassador programme, as outlined here.
†Royal Ambassador benefits not applicable at Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants. Kimpton Inner Circle benefits apply only at Kimpton. Full InterContinental Ambassador programme terms and conditions can be found here.