IHG Rewards Club has a new promotion for their Intercontinental Ambassador members who renew their membership by March 31, 2022 as they will receive an extra 20,000 points after completing two nights.
The 20k points are in addition to the 15,000 points a member receives for signing up. Keep in mind that IHG runs three loyalty and membership programs, of which one, InterContinental Ambassador, is a paid ($200) guest recognition one that comes with set benefits.
We have received this campaign update directly from IHG today and the promotion is open effective right now December 1, 2021 for renewals (no new sign-ups) of the Ambassador memberships within the eligible renewal window all the way through March 31, 2022.
You can access and sign up or renew InterContinental Ambassador here.
IHG Rewards has now run several promotions that have previously allowed new and existing members that buy or renew within a specific window to earn a free night certificate after a stay.
Previously, you could not renew until you were 60 days or less from the expiry of your Ambassador membership, but IHG has now changed this. You can renew up to 92 days before instead.
Here is the description:
IHG HOTELS & RESORTS INVITES INTERCONTINENTAL AMBASSADORS TO RENEW MEMBERSHIP AND RECEIVE UP TO 35K IHG® REWARDS POINTS
Starting 1 December 2021, InterContinental® Ambassador is offering up to 35,000 bonus points to members who are currently in their renewal window and renew their Ambassador membership, then stay two nights by 30 April 2022 at InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, or Regent® Hotels & Resorts.
Members must renew by their individual membership expiration date OR by 31 March 2022 – whichever date comes first – and can choose from one of two renewal options:
- Pay USD200 (via web, CRO or in-hotel) and earn 15,000 bonus points upon renewal, then an additional 20,000 bonus points after staying two nights
- Redeem 40,000 points (via web or CRO) and earn 20,000 bonus points after staying two nights
To take advantage of this offer, you must be an existing InterContinental® Ambassador member. General terms and conditions for the renewal process can be found at this link.
The wording of the offer is slightly misleading. You will receive 20,000 points extra and not 35,000. The 15,000 you get already when paying cash for the renewal rather than redeeming 40,000 points.
Also, as of right now the linked T&C’s are not reflecting the information of the new campaign yet and instead still reference the previous offer that expired on July 31st.
I have no doubt the offer is valid and live but maybe someone at IHG should have done a bit better diligence and deleted the old references that are no longer relevant. I have forwarded this issue to the IHG liaison and I’m sure this will be taken care of eventually.
The renewal under this offer has to be completed by March 31st and the two required nights for the bonus have to be done by April 30th of next year. Only InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, or Regent® Hotels & Resorts are eligible brands for consuming these two nights.
I realistically value 20,000 points at ~ $80 considering how many points you need for a decent award night and the average rates you’re able to book for the same hotels. There’re always exceptions to the rule of course.
IHG has a new Ambassador renewal offer giving members another 20,000 points in addition to the regular 15,000 points for the signup.
Nothing prevents you from letting the InterContinental Ambassador lapse if you don’t have stays coming up right after the membership is about to expire, as it only lasts for 12 months, or taking advantage of one of the free renewal options (2 or 6 months) that are one time exceptions.
It is a good move from IHG having recently extended the renewal window and now allowing more members to take advantage of the renewal promotions.
These are the exact Terms & Conditions for this offer:
To participate in the “Renew Ambassador, stay two nights, earn 20k bonus points” (“Offer”), you must be an existing InterContinental® Ambassador member, and you must renew your membership in accordance with the general terms and conditions for the InterContinental Ambassador program, which can be obtained here OR by 31 March 2022, whichever will occur sooner. No registration is required. Members who are invited to participate in this Offer may also participate in other IHG offers. This offer is not applicable for Royal Ambassador members. This offer is not valid for InterContinental® Ambassador membership enrolments or renewals obtained on a complimentary basis or using the IHG Employee discount.
If you renew your InterContinental® Ambassador membership by paying USD200, you will receive 15,000 IHG® Rewards points upon renewal. An additional 20,000 bonus points will be deposited into your account after you stay two qualifying nights, between your renewal date and 30 April 2022, at participating InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, or Regent® Hotels & Resorts.
Members who renew by redeeming 40,000 points will receive 20,000 bonus points after completing two qualifying nights, between renewal date and 31 January 2022, at participating InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, or Regent® Hotels & Resorts.
To qualify for the additional 20,000 bonus points, each of the two nights must be part of one or more Qualifying Stays. A Qualifying Stay is defined as a minimum 1-night stay booked under a Qualifying Rate, with total spend exceeding $30 USD (or local equivalent) per night. Only one room per member per Qualifying Stay will be eligible. If more than one member checks into the same room, only one member is eligible to claim the night for purposes of the Offer. No retroactive credit will be awarded for Stays prior to renewal of your membership or prior to this Offer.
This Offer is subject to the standard IHG Rewards Membership Terms and Conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained here. Please allow up to 4-6 weeks for bonus points to be posted to your account. The use of certain rates (if applicable) may be subject to applicable agreement(s). Any misuse of such rates is considered a fraud activity subject to IHG Rewards Membership terms and conditions. IHG reserves the right to remove a member’s bonus points award or cancel a member’s account if fraudulent use of the Offer is detected. To the extent permitted by applicable law, IHG Rewards reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Offer at any time with or without notice. To the extent permitted by applicable law, IHG reserves the right of final interpretation of this Offer. This exclusive Offer is valid and applies to the original recipient only. Members must make any promotional inquiries by 60 days from the end of the Offer period.
The Offer can only be redeemed once per member and a maximum of 35,000 IHG® Rewards points can be achieved for renewals based on the payment of USD200 or a maximum of 20,000 bonus points for renewals based on redeeming 40,000 points. The bonus points awarded through this Offer are not Elite status qualifying. IHG reserves the right to recoup any points incorrectly awarded.
*Participating Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants and Regent Hotels & Resorts will accept redemption of the InterContinental® Ambassador Complimentary Weekend Night from 30 July 2020 – 31 December 2022, 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 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 & participating 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. Participating Regent® Hotels will recognise InterContinental Ambassador on-property benefits from 30 July 2020 – 31 December 2022. All Ambassador benefits are subject to the standard rules and restrictions for the InterContinental® Ambassador programme, as outlined here.
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