IHG Hotels runs IHG Rewards, InterContinental Ambassador, and Kimpton InnerCircle-programs. The latter two are guest recognition ones, and InterContinental Ambassador is a paid one.
IHG is bringing back the offer for InterContinental Ambassador sign-ups and renewals that they had in 2020. IHG Rewards members that sign up or renew between April 15 – July 31, 2021, and have a stay by August 31 will earn a free night certificate capped at 40,000 points.
You can access IHG’s page for the Ambassador program here.
- Sign up or renew the Ambassador membership between April 15 – July 31, 2021.
- Have a paid stay at any InterContinental, Kimpton, or Regent hotel after signing up before August 31, 2021.
- Earn a free night award capped at 40,000 points that is valid until November 30, 2021.
InterContinental Ambassador Benefits
- Platinum-status in IHG Rewards (or you can keep Spire Elite without needing to requalify as long as you keep renewing Ambassador)
- Guaranteed one category room upgrade or bonus points if not fulfilled
- F&B Credit of $20 per stay
- Guaranteed 4 PM Check-out or bonus points if not fulfilled
InterContinental Ambassador makes sense if you have more than a couple of nights yearly at InterContinental hotels.
Getting Royal Ambassador upgrade has become easier, although the spend requirement is murky, due to Kimpton, Regent, and Six Sense spend counting in addition to InterContinental.
It may difficult to find a reasonable award option in many markets due to the 40,000 points cap due to the recent devaluation.
Here are the terms and conditions of the Ambassador offer:
45. InterContinental® Ambassadors who enrol in the programme or renew their programme between 15 April 2021 – 31 July 2021 and then complete one Qualifying Stay at InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, or Regent® Hotels by 31 August 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 November 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.
The Reward Night must be consumed by 30 November 2021 and cannot be extended or transferred. The number of points required for a Reward Night at IHG hotels varies by date, brand and individual hotel and is subject to availability. Taxes, fees and Resort Fees apply and the member may be required to pay such taxes and fees even for a Reward Night. IHG® Army Hotels, Mr and Mrs Smith properties, and Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas are excluded from this Offer.
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 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 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 Reward 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 November 2021).