InterContinental Ambassador Enrollment Offer (Earn 20K Points)

InterContinental Ambassador Enrollment Offer (Earn 20K Points)

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A new offer has launched for those considering signing up for or renewing an InterContinental Ambassador membership.

What is InterContinental Ambassador?

IHG has a rather complicated rewards program structure. In addition to the IHG Rewards program that covers all of IHG’s brands, InterContinental has its own guest recognition program, called Ambassador.

Ambassador status costs either $200 or 40,000 points for a 12-month membership (I value IHG points at ~0.5 cents each, so to me it’s roughly breakeven as to whether you should pay cash or redeem points). It comes with the following perks every time you stay at an InterContinental:

  • A guaranteed one category upgrade
  • A $20 credit to use towards the hotel’s restaurant and bar
  • 4PM late check-out
  • Complimentary internet and mineral water
  • Complimentary weekend night reward
  • IHG Rewards Platinum Elite status

Ambassador status also offers valuable perks at Six Senses properties, which apply even when redeeming points.

Ambassador members receive room upgrades

Get 20K bonus points when you join or renew

Every so often InterContinental offers a promotion for those who sign-up for or renew their Ambassador status, and the latest such promotion has just been launched. Those who join or renew an InterContinental Ambassador membership can receive 20,000 IHG bonus points after completing two nights. There are some hoops to jump through, though:

  • This is valid for enrollment or renewal between January 18 and March 31, 2022
  • You have to stay two qualifying paid nights at an InterContinental, Kimpton, or Regent, by April 30, 2022 (it doesn’t matter if you make one stay of two nights or two stays of one night)
  • It can take four to six weeks after completing qualifying activity for the bonus points to post to your account
  • This bonus points are in addition to the weekend night reward that is included as an Ambassador member benefit

This promotion is disclosed in the program terms & conditions, though the landing page for Ambassador enrollment doesn’t list it (the same was the case the last time a promo along these lines was offered — how odd).

Earn 20K bonus points after enrolling with this promotion

Is this promotion worth it?

If you’re going to enroll in or renew an InterContinental Ambassador membership, then you’ll of course want to register using a promotion. If you’re someone who stays at InterContinentals with any frequency and would have renewed or joined anyway, then this is a great offer.

Like I said, I value IHG points at 0.5 cents each, so to me the 20,000 bonus points represent an incremental $100 in value. There’s plenty of value to be had with InterContinental Ambassador status, especially with the weekend free night reward, which can also be used at Kimpton properties on any night of the week. That alone could cover the cost of the membership fee. Furthermore, Ambassador perks now apply at Six Senses properties.

It’s probably not worth mattress running for this offer, but if you happen to have upcoming stays with IHG, then this is a great offer.

Weekend night rewards can be used at Kimptons

Bottom line

InterContinental is offering 20,000 bonus points to those who enroll in or renew their Ambassador membership and stay two nights. This is a promotion that many InterContinental loyalists could find to be worthwhile. For those who were on the fence about an Ambassador membership, this could be the offer they need to finally sign up.

Do you plan on taking advantage of this Ambassador enrollment offer?

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  1. Brian Guest

    Lucky, Do you know if the charge from IHG or a third party processor. Wondering if it's best to put this on an IHG branded card or not... Thanks!

  2. Abe Guest

    Got great value out of this in the past, in the before times. Ah well.

    If they offered benefits at Kimptons beyond the kinda useless "free" night I'd be interested.

  3. Jenn Guest

    Upcoming stay in Bora Bora for 2 night. Is this worth it to join for that stay?

  4. askmrlee Guest

    If the property does not provide the "Guaranteed" upgrade, they can just reduce the room rate by $50/night or 10,000 points. This happened to me at the Intercon in Monterey. Great property, but so few suites that they would rather sell the room rather than upgrade you.

    The Ambassador Program in my view is most valuable for the Weekend Night Certificate. You have to pay the Ambassador Certificate rate which is slightly higher than...

    If the property does not provide the "Guaranteed" upgrade, they can just reduce the room rate by $50/night or 10,000 points. This happened to me at the Intercon in Monterey. Great property, but so few suites that they would rather sell the room rather than upgrade you.

    The Ambassador Program in my view is most valuable for the Weekend Night Certificate. You have to pay the Ambassador Certificate rate which is slightly higher than other rates, but when they say second night free, it is free even if the second night would normally be priced higher.

  5. TheStrangestThing Guest

    Can you use the complimentary weekend night as many times as you want? Just to confirm you can get a complimentary 2nd night on any day of the week with Kimpton? Thanks!

  6. Eskimo Guest

    FYI:
    The old enrollment offer was 1 free night at 40k after 1 paid stay.

    also IHG just added Silver and renamed Spire to Diamond.

  7. Andyandy Guest

    Sigh. Just makes me think about the good old days when Royal Ambassador status just required a decent offer on Flyertalk's Coupon Connection. I left many a minibar devastated in my wake.

  8. Logan Guest

    Hey Lucky, Is it worth signing up for the intercontinental ambassador if I am platinum elite (due to credit card)? I am staying at a Six Senses property in July, so I want to make sure I can get all the perks!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Logan -- It sure is! You do receive incremental perks at Six Senses properties as an Ambassador member (vs. a Platinum member).

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Andyandy Guest

Sigh. Just makes me think about the good old days when Royal Ambassador status just required a decent offer on Flyertalk's Coupon Connection. I left many a minibar devastated in my wake.

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Brian Guest

Lucky, Do you know if the charge from IHG or a third party processor. Wondering if it's best to put this on an IHG branded card or not... Thanks!

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Abe Guest

Got great value out of this in the past, in the before times. Ah well. If they offered benefits at Kimptons beyond the kinda useless "free" night I'd be interested.

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