InterContinental Royal Ambassador Referral Certificates Eliminated

InterContinental has an invitation only elite status tier, which they call Royal Ambassador. The only other status available directly with InterContinental (as opposed to the IHG Rewards Club program as a whole) is Ambassador status, which can be purchased…

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Redeem IHG Rewards Club Points For Bora Bora Overwater Villas

Just as Emirates A380 First Class or Singapore Airlines A380 Suites Class might be the most aspirational airline award redemptions, using points for an overwater villas seems to be one of the most aspirational hotel award redemptions. The two most “popular”…

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Priority Club Unveils Latest PointBreaks List

Similar to their fall promotion, IHG Rewards Club unveiled their latest PointBreaks list to their “insider” community today, though the properties themselves won’t be bookable until November 1st.  Given that some hotels sell out of PointBreaks…

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Review: InterContinental Berchtesgaden

I’ve written a post in the past about my four favorite places on earth, and long time readers will know that Berchtesgaden, Germany is one of them. While my dad is from Germany he had never visited Berchtesgaden, so this was at the very top of…

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Priority Club rebranding their loyalty program — now IHG Rewards Club!

Priority Club has just announced a rebranding of their loyalty program: This year, IHG celebrates 10 years of hosting travelers in its family of hotels around the world. We are one of the world’s largest hotel companies and have been rewarding…

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InterContinental Frankfurt reducing Royal Ambassador benefits for consistency’s sake…

Via Vielfliegertreff, it looks like the InterContinental Frankfurt is reducing Royal Ambassador benefits in the name of consistency. I’ve stayed at the InterContinental Frankfurt several times before (reviews here, here, here, and here), and found…

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Chasing the Sun: InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

InterContinental has two hotels in Hong Kong. Their “flagship” hotel is the InterContinental Hong Kong, which is one of Hong Kong’s best hotels. I stayed there in 2009 in one of their harbor view junior suites, and I don’t think…

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Chasing the Sun: InterContinental Bangkok

Bangkok is probably the best city in the world for reasonably priced luxury hotels. The cost difference between a four and five star hotel is very small, so it’s often tempting to go with the likes of the Four Seasons, Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental,…

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Chasing the Sun: Introduction

Despite the blog posts I’ve made (here, here, and here), I’m actually quite happy with my move to Seattle. It’s a change of scenery, and I tend to think that in the end we regret the things we didn’t do more than the things we did. And I guess that’s…

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Bali and Berchtesgaden: InterContinental Berchtesgaden & Surrounding Areas

Last summer I stayed at the InterContinental Berchtesgaden for the first time, and fell in love not only with the hotel, but also with the town of Berchtesgaden and the surrounding scenery and towns. I suggest checking out my previous review of the InterContinental…

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Bali and Berchtesgaden: InterContinental Bali

The InterContinental Jimbaran Bay was the first hotel I ever stayed at in Bali, and quickly became one of my favorites. I’ve stayed there twice, and you can find the previous reviews here and here. The InterContinental has a special club wing, which…

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Lucky Charms Ireland: InterContinental Boston

I had heard great things about the InterContinental Boston, so was excited to experience it upon our return. I managed to snag a AAA rate of about $220, which was quite good compared to what comparable hotels were charging ($300+). The InterContinental…

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InterContinental raising the cost of Ambassador status renewal to $150 as of August 10, 2012

While InterContinental is a part of the Priority Club program, they don’t actually recognize Priority Club status benefits at their hotels. Instead they have their own elite tiers — Ambassador and Royal Ambassador. Ambassador status can be…

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I see naked people (public service announcement)…

This is a public service announcement for past, current, and future guests of the InterContinental Berchtesgaden. This is one of my favorite hotels in the world, and the views from the hotel are stunning. Well, for the most part. The hotel has a pretty…

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A hotel that recognizes loyalty, and then some…

With loyalty programs providing so much valuable data for guests’ stay patterns, it amazes me that many hotels don’t do to more capitalize on this. For example, it’s always a bit disappointing to check-in to a hotel where you’re…

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At what cost do you lock in an advance purchase rate?

I have a simple policy I live by when it comes to booking hotels — always book the flexible rate. Hotels typically have an advance purchase rate that offers a discount on the flexible rate, but the “catch” is that it’s non-refundable.…

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I left my Bose headphones at the hotel… and they found them!

I consider travel to be an absolute black hole when it comes to losing stuff. If I leave something in a hotel or on a plane, I fully expect to never see it again. The good news is that I’m relatively organized, and despite spending half of my time…

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How I’m feeling about my hotel loyalty right now…

I’ve been giving hotels a lot of thought lately, and now that I’ve just about requalified for both Hyatt Globalist and Starwood Platinum for the year (in both cases on stays instead of nights), I figured I’d provide my general thoughts…

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Singapore for the Weekend: InterContinental Singapore

My stay in Singapore happened to be over a weekend, so the logical option on the hotel front was to book the InterContinental using an expiring buy one get one free weekend night certificate. I ended up booking a shophouse club room for 385SGD (~$310USD),…

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Singapore for the Weekend: Introduction

For months I had a meeting scheduled in Singapore, and originally my plan was to first visit Singapore and then continue on to Thailand for about a week (Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, specifically). So while I had a ticket booked reflecting that schedule,…

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InterContinental San Francisco adds milestone awards for frequent guests

While hotel loyalty programs as a whole do a great job of recognizing frequent guests, individual hotels often don’t. It’s always disappointing to check-in to a hotel for the 50th time and be asked at check-in whether you’ve stayed…

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InterContinental builds first underground hotel

While I’ve stayed at the world’s two tallest hotels (Ritz Carlton Hong Kong and Park Hyatt Shanghai) and enjoyed the views, I’m equally intrigued by the prospect of staying at the world’s first underground InterContinental. InterContinental…

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Chasing the A380: InterContinental Frankfurt

For whatever reason the InterContinental Frankfurt has become my go-to hotel in Frankfurt, and I’ve previously reviewed it here and here. I seem to book it by default without ever looking at other options, since Frankfurt really isn’t all…

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