Years ago, I held IC Ambassador Status. I was able to book an ocean view room overlooking Hong Kong bay, and received the second night free, making it very affordable. It was well worth it as I easily got back its value on the first stay, and the additional bonuses for additional stays earned me Priority Club Platinum status.
I signed up for IC Ambassador status again, in preparation for our planned travel throughout Europe and Asia.
What makes IC different than other loyalty programs is that you buy the elite status for $200 or with 32,000 points. Thereafter maintaining Ambassador Status is $100 or it can be renewed with PC points.
However, the benefits are only good at InterContinental hotels. The program will get you little or nothing at the other InterContinental hotel brands like Holiday Inn.
Benefits include (for InterContinental hotels only):
- Guaranteed room upgrade
- Priority waitlist reservations
- Fresh fruit and mineral water
- VIP greeting and in-room welcome gift
- A BOGO certificate for a complimentary weekend night or two night stay (valid for 12 months after date of issue). Note: the
- Guaranteed 4 p.m. late check-out
- Complimentary Pay TV film (per stay)
- Instant Check-in and Instant Check-Out
- Ambassador Accelerator – 20,000 bonus points every 15 nights.
- A certificate for 5,000 priority club points
- Complimentary standard newspaper delivered to member’s room each day
- Airport chauffer service (you pay published rate, which was exorbitant in Manila)
- Complimentary Priority Gold Elite status (10% bonus on IHG stays at: Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites)
The membership kit takes up to six weeks to be delivered (two – three weeks is the norm), so you will want to enroll in advance of any of your planned adventures.