Here is a further update. During yesterday, I redeemed a 15,000 Priority Club points voucher that I received when I renewed my InterContinental Ambassador membership.
I had been saving the voucher back until January 1st because I had been expecting the 15,000 points to count towards my Platinum renewal for 2013.
However, having redeemed the voucher, my account still show:
Only 50 more qualifying nights or 60,000 more points to maintain Platinum Ambassador for next year.
So, in case anyone was wondering, the Ambassador joining kit points vouchers do NOT count towards status anymore.
There really is zero chance that I can keep PC Platinum status on stays alone under this new structure. It looks like I will be ponying up £99 for the Priority Club Black Visa card, assuming they let me have it again (having already cancelled it early in 2012!), which now comes with Platinum status as a benefit.
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