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InterContinental Ambassador reverting to its pre-covid rules on 1st January

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InterContinental Ambassador is the ‘pay to join’ loyalty programme for InterContinental hotels.

The key benefit is a ‘buy one get one free’ voucher for a weekend stay which you receive each year. Other benefits include $20 of food and drink credit per stay, a guaranteed one category upgrade and a guaranteed 4pm check-out. Until the end of the year, there is also a special sign-up bonus of 20,000 IHG One Rewards points.

During the pandemic, IHG relaxed the restrictions over where you could use your Ambassador benefits.

From 1st January 2023, everything reverts to normal.

The terms and conditions on the Ambssador website include these terms:

Participating Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and Regent Hotels & Resorts will accept redemption of the InterContinental Ambassador Complimentary Weekend Night through 31 December 2022, excluding Regent Hotels & Resorts in Greater China.


InterContinental Ambassador and Royal Ambassador benefits applicable at participating Regent Hotels & Resorts for stays throughout 31 December 2022.

To be honest, I was expecting that Regent would be made a permanent participant in the Ambassador programme, and potentially the Six Senses chain too. These two more recent acquisitions are, theoretically, more high end than InterContinental itself. It no longer makes sense for IHG to run an exclusive loyalty scheme that does not cover all of its three luxury brands.

IHG One Rewards update – May 2024:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is offering 2,000 bonus points for every two cash nights you stay (not necessarily consecutive) between 1st April and 31st May 2024. You can read our full article here and you can register here.

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

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