IHG Rewards Club launched in July a promotion to get members to sign up or existing ones to renew the Ambassador-membership by offering a free night certificate that was extended until December 31, 2020.
InterContinental Ambassador members whose membership is expiring on March 31, 2021, or earlier can now renew under this offer.
You can access and sign up or renew InterContinental Ambassador here.
You earn a free night certificate capped at 40,000 points after staying at InterContinental, Kimpton, or Regent hotels once by January 31, 2021.
Note that the free night certificate can be used at all IHG hotels when the maximum points rate is 40,000 or lower (remember that the point required for award nights now wildly fluctuates), and it expires on April 30, 2021.
Here’s the short introductory text on the email:
Note that the signup date has changed and is now until December 31st.
Recap of the Ambassador benefits:
The offer is disclosed on the Ambassador program T&Cs:
There is nothing on the sign-up or renew page that indicates earning a free night award by signing up by December 31 and staying once at InterContinental, Regent, or Kimpton brands by January 31, 2021.
However, this is disclosed on the program T&Cs that you can access here (above copy of the relevant part).
I have tried to renew my Ambassador status expiring on March 31, 2021, several times, but it wasn’t previously within the allotted range.
Now, however, the system allowed me to proceed with the renewal.
You can choose between renewing with points 40,000 or paying $200 and getting 15,000 points as a bonus.
The Ambassador free night certificate and the 15,000 points were posted to my account instantaneously.
The Ambassador program is worthwhile for those that stay at InterContinental (now also at Kimpton and Regent) hotels but don’t stay at hotels enough to get a top tier status with Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, or Accor for better benefits without having to pay a yearly fee.
I am glad that IHG has extended this offer until the end of 2020, and now more Ambassador members who are planning to renew can while earning a free night certificate.
Here are the terms and conditions of this offer:
InterContinental® Ambassadors who enrol in the programme or renew their programme membership between 30 July 2020 – 31 December 2020 and then complete one Qualifying Stay at InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, or Regent® Hotels by 31 January 2021 will be awarded a Reward Night redeemable for a Reward Night priced at 40,000 points or less. The Reward Night will be deposited into the Free Nights section of the member’s account within 72 hours after check-out from the qualifying, paid stay and will be valid until 30 April 2021. This Reward Night is in addition to the complimentary weekend night that is already included as an InterContinental Ambassador member benefit. Ambassador benefits are not honored at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants globally or at Regent Hotels & Resorts in Greater China.
This Offer is not valid for InterContinental Ambassador membership enrolments or renewals obtained on a complimentary basis or using the IHG Employee discount. Ambassador members must be within their standard renewal window in order to take advantage of this Offer. A Qualifying Stay is defined as a paid, minimum 1-night stay booked under a Qualifying Rate, with total spend exceeding US $30 per night. Reward Nights do not count as Qualifying Stays. A Stay is defined per IHG Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out. Only one room per member per Qualifying Stay will be eligible to earn the member a Reward Night under this Offer. If more than one member checks into the same room, only one member may use it as his or her Qualifying Stay for this Offer. No credit will be awarded for Stays completed prior to the member’s enrollment or renewal.
This Offer is subject to standard IHG Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained here, as well as the InterContinental Ambassador Membership Terms and Conditions. IHG reserves the right to remove a member’s free night award or cancel a member’s account if fraudulent use of this Offer is detected. To the extent permitted by applicable law, IHG reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify this Offer at any time with or without notice, and IHG reserves the right of final interpretation of this Offer. Members must make any inquiries relating to this Offer by 60 days from the last date on which the Reward Night can be consumed (30 April 2021).