I received an email recently which was a new one for me. I decided to look a little closer at what was offered and if it was worth it.
I have the opportunity to purchase Intercontinental Hotels Ambassador status for $200 or 40,000 IHG points. The signup bonus is for 20,000 IHG points after staying 2 nights at an Intercontinental, Kimpton, or Regent hotel by April 30th. The bonus would cut the membership price in half (but you’d have to pay for 2 nights to get the points.)
For this example, let’s say that I was already planning on staying at a Kimpton, like the Kimpton Gray in Chicago.
What would I get for $100?
Intercontinental Ambassador members receive the following benefits:
- Elevated recognition
- Guaranteed room upgrades
- Extended 4 pm check-out
- Complimentary weekend night at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and participating Kimpton and Regent hotels
There are some important exceptions when reading the fine print. For the room upgrades:
- Guaranteed upgrades only apply to paid stays. Award redemptions don’t count.
- If you are upgraded to a club-level room, it doesn’t include club access.
The complimentary weekend night certificate also has some important restrictions.
The complimentary weekend night may be redeemed up to 12 months from the date on which the certificate is issued, can not be extended and is redeemable once only in conjunction with a minimum two-night paid stay when booking the Ambassador Complimentary Weekend Night’ rate at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and participating Regent Hotels & Resorts.
It’s a complimentary night but only when combined with a paid stay.
And finally, because this is IHG we’re talking about, the compensation for when either a room upgrade or extended check-out is not available.
The value of the Intercontinental Ambassador program depends on how often you book a paid stay at Intercontinental hotels. Extending the complimentary weekend night to be used at Kimpton and Regent hotels does make it easier to use but requiring it to be linked to a paid stay seems a bit cheap for a program costing $200 to join.
This program is a step up from the IHG Rewards Club loyalty system because there’s compensation if a hotel doesn’t provide the benefits promised.
While some will find this to be a great deal, I’m going to pass on this offer.
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