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Use your InterContinental Ambassador 2-4-1 voucher at Regent Hotels – ANY day – in 2022

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Until the end of 2022, you can redeem your InterContinental Ambassador ‘free weekend night’ certificate at Regent Hotels outside China.

Not many people know this.

Even better, you DON’T need to use it at weekends.  With Regent Hotels, the certificates are valid at any time.  This makes it a lot easier for your Ambassador membership to pay for itself.

Regent Montenegro Ambassador vouher

Importantly, Ambassador benefits also apply at Regent Hotels albeit there is no $20 F&B credit.

(InterContinental Ambassador ‘free weekend night’ vouchers can also be used at Kimpton Hotels until the end of 2022. Like Regent, the certificates can in theory be used on any day and not just at weekends. In my experience, not all Kimpton Hotels choose to load certificate rates during midweek.)

Where can I find Regent Hotels?

In March 2018, IHG acquired 51% of Regent Hotels & Resorts for $39m, ie peanuts.  For comparison, the refurbishment of InterContinental Park Lane a few years ago cost three times that.

The reasons it was so cheap is that Regent Hotels & Resorts only ran seven properties:

  • Beijing
  • Berlin
  • Chongqing
  • Porto Montenegro (looks nice – see above)
  • Singapore
  • Shanghai (the ex-Four Seasons)
  • Taipei

…. and the pipeline was thin, although InterContinental Hong Kong will (re)brand to the Regent name once its refurbishment is complete later in 2022.

Get Ambassador benefits at Regent Hotels

The properties in Greater China are excluded from Ambassador.  This means that you can only use your Ambassador 2-4-1 voucher at three additional hotels:

It is also valid at the one new opening since IHG bought the chain:

…. in Vietnam.

Montenegro is reportedly the best of the four, with the advantage of also being somewhere ‘different’ and of course having a fantastic location in the port.

You can use your Ambassador 2-4-1 voucher at Regent Hotels

The 241 voucher can be used at Regent Hotels, but only in 2022.

Head to the voucher booking site – intercontinental.com/ambweekend – and do a test.  This is what comes up as your options for Berlin if I search for a Tue-Thu (ie midweek) stay:

Use your InterContinental Ambassador 2-4-1 voucher at Regent Hotels

Note that the InterContinental Berlin is not showing voucher availability, because I am searching Tue-Thu, but Regent Berlin is.

Even better, all room types are included, from a standard room to the Presidential Suite! Here are the top suites:

Use your InterContinental Ambassador 2-4-1 voucher at Regent Hotels

There are three quirks you need to know about the way the pricing works with the voucher:

  • the second weekend night is free.  It is NOT the average of the two nights.  If you stay Fri/Sat, Saturday is free.  If you stay Sat/Sun, Sunday is free.  If you stay Thu/Fri/Sat, Saturday is free as it is the second weekend night. If you book a Regent where the voucher is valid seven days, the 2nd night of your stay is free.
  • you pay Best Available Rate for the other night.  This means that you pay slightly more for your ‘paid’ night because Best Available Rate is higher than the IHG Rewards member or Advanced Purchase rates.
  • you don’t see the discount during the booking process.  The hotel reduces the second night to zero on check-out.

How does InterContinental Ambassador work?

If you’re not familiar with InterContinental Ambassador, the rest of this article will explain how it works.

InterContinental and Regent, the two luxury hotel brands inside IHG Rewards (which also covers Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and others) are a little odd when it comes to loyalty schemes:

  • as part of the Holiday Inn / Crowne Plaza group, they participates in IHG Rewards
  • InterContinental and Regent hotels do not officially recognise your IHG Rewards status.  In reality, they often do, but it is not guaranteed.
  • InterContinental and Regent also have their own loyalty scheme – Ambassadorwhich costs $200 to join
InterContinental Ambassador review

You can sign up here.  The cost is $200.

For new members, there is an option to use 40,000 IHG Rewards points instead of paying $200 in cash.   Given my 0.4p valuation of an IHG Rewards point this is a fair deal, although it is always possible to exceed 0.4p – often by a large margin – at peak hotels on peak dates.

The key thing about Ambassador is that, once you are a member, the benefits are virtually guaranteed on paid stays. They are NOT guaranteed on reward stays but most properties do let you have them.

These benefits are:

  • A certificate for a free night (BOGOF) when you join and each year when you renew. In one swoop, you can save your entire membership fee with this benefit. To use the voucher, you need to book a 2-night stay (weekend only at InterContinental, any day at Kimpton Hotels and Regent Hotels in 2022) and pay the Ambassador Certificate Rate, which is usually equal to Best Flexible Rate. The rules say that only standard rooms can be booked. However, many hotels let you book club rooms or suites which is especially useful for families.
  • (As the Ambassador Certificate Rate is more expensive than a non-refundable Advance Purchase rate, your free night is not totally free if you would otherwise have booked a cheaper pre-paid rate.  It is totally free if you would otherwise have booked at Best Flexible Rate.  For clarity, the free night is the 2nd night.  It is NOT the average of your two nights.)
  • A GUARANTEED one-level room upgrade on every InterContinental and Regent stay – this is usually processed before you arrive and is visible online.  If the hotel cannot provide an upgrade, you receive 10,000 IHG Rewards points compensation at an InterContinental.  There is no compensation at a Regent.
  • 4pm check-out – this is a GUARANTEED benefit and comes in very handy on a weekend break or on a trip with an evening flight back home.  If an InterContinental hotel cannot provide late check-out, you receive 10,000 IHG Rewards points compensation.  There is no compensation at a Regent.
  • A $20 food and beverage credit per InterContinental stay (not valid at Regent)
  • Free mineral water in your room
  • Platinum Elite status in IHG Rewards

The benefits package is slightly different for stays in Mainland China, including free restaurant breakfast for one person.

Is InterContinental Ambassador worth it?

Obviously InterContinental Ambassador is not for everyone.  You can earn back the cost of membership in just one stay by redeeming the free night voucher.  It may even be worth it if you had just one long InterContinental or Regent stay booked and wanted to guarantee your upgrade.

Ambassador members also receive Platinum Elite status in IHG Rewards.  This will make your future Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo etc stays a little more pleasant although it is unlikely to lead to major upgrades or lounge access.

You can learn more about InterContinental Ambassador, and sign up, here if it sounds interesting.


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Comments (20)

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  • David A says:

    Thank you, Rob. A most informative article.

    I’ve been an Ambassador Spire member for quite a bit and have never received an Email from IHG giving me some of this important info, in particular that the free night can be used on weekdays, and that the Kimpton and Regent are also included the voucher scheme. As you rightly point out, it’s not a “free” night, but nevertheless it’s more valuable when the two additional chains are included.

    Thanks for the info.

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Just checking out of IC Dubai Marina (booked with Emyr to get upgrade and free breakfast)?having Alison joined Ambassodor in the stay two nights and get 20,000 IHG points promo.
    No upgrade at checkin – either it seems with Emyr or status – so 10,000 points.
    Oh well, nice and handy for tram/metro for Expo and my Amb free night has cost just 10,000 points!

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      Alison!! Should have been “just”

      • Erico1875 says:

        Ha. I thought Alison may have been your wife/partner😀

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      The hotels around here are running at near full capacity. Le Royal Meridien pulled an upgrade out of the hat for me somehow but the website was definitely lowering my expectations in advance of my arrival – including being fully sold out for the last 5 nights of my stay. Hope you took advantage of the IHG member discount on dining Colin. Or Alison. Whoever payd between the two of you.

      • meta says:

        It think Rob said in some of his reviews on ICs in Dubai, they never upgrade whether they are full or not. And since IHG introduced 10k compensation, they can just give you that.

        • Rob says:

          I never said that.

          It is true that some hotels seem to find the 10k payout cheaper than upgrading you. I have had it twice now.

    • Colin MacKinnon says:

      And they “forgot” about room credits when they presented the bill!

      Individual staff fantastic – they remember your name and room number etc.

      But managers stay hidden.

      Nowhere quiet to eat on Fridays – it’s like Xmas party season! Ended up eating at the Expo mostly – and seeing Bonnie Tyler play live (concert over ran so Village People didn’t get to perform – and here was me had borrowed a hard hat!)

  • Jon9 says:

    It would be good if they ran this offer next year as well. A midweek booking at a Kimpton in the UK really improves the flexibility / range of this perk.

    • barnaby100 says:

      But rarely exceeds the £200 you have paid for the voucher given the 1st night room cost is often higher as well

  • Swifty says:

    A while ago I asked if there was a benefit for paying single room rate Rob, I may have found one…some hotels charge you extra for the 2nd person the one I found was ic turkey antayla. It was minimal price 20quid or so. Is Vietnam off the menu currently for travel? I looked at that and it looks gorgeous. Was slightly saddened that couldn’t see twin rooms in it though. It’s me plus a teen to travel and they snore. I always travel with this teen or a friend, on my 2 4 1, never a partner. This limits which rooms I can book!

  • Mark says:

    Looking to book the IC Paris Le grand for Easter weekend using my AMB 241, if I book a club room do you get lounge access for both nights or just the paid night?

    • Rob says:

      Both

    • s says:

      I did just this last weekend. Did get lounge both nights but the room upgrade left a lot to be desired. The website says the next category up is ‘Superior’ room, which apparently has views of ‘chic courtyard’ and separate bath and shower. What we got was a view looking at the HVAC system on the roof and shower over bath. We asked if we had the right room and were curtly told, yes. Welcome amenity was bottle of water and 3 oranges!

  • Will says:

    I had a very enjoyable stay in the regent montenegro a few years back before IHG bought it.

    Worth the drive from Dubrovnik for a few nights imho.

  • s says:

    Are there any further datapoints on the join/rejoin amb offer for 20k bonus points working on AMB certificate stays?

    My stay in Paris last weekend using the certificate only awarded me points for the first night which makes me think it correctly didn’t see the second night at qualifying, which I guess wouldn’t trigger the 20k bonus had I been participating in that offer? I talked a friend into making a cash booking using this offer and the maths falls apart a bit if they don’t receive the points back because it was very marginal decision!

  • cheng ly says:

    Is there an offer of 20K points still when applying? Thanks

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