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A very attractive IHG Ambassador renewal offer

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We received 3 ways to renew Ambassador

Ambassador is the loyalty program of Intercontinental hotels, not to be confused with the Intercontinental hotel group, whose overall loyalty is IHG rewards club which the Intercontinental brand is a part of. Intercontinental is the 5 star premium brand of IHG, and they’ve made a wholly separate program inside the IHG program that gives specific benefits to its members while staying at Intercontinental hotels. Last year my dad received a great targeted renewal offer, and this year he received something similar. Check out this very attractive IHG Ambassador renewal offer.

He was given 3 different options.

The typical renewal offer is $150 or 24000 points. Both of these options are listed below, one with a 10k bonus, the other with a 5k bonus.  Since IHG points can regularly be purchased for $0.007, and targeted purchases of $0.005, I’d value these offers in the following way.

  • $150 plus 10k IHG points = $80-$90
    • No brainer as this comes with a free weekend night, room upgrades, etc.
  • 24k points get 5k back = 19k points or $95 to ~$140
    • not as sweet an offer

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The real winner to us…$200 plus 15k points plus 10% back on nights

15k points = $75-$105 which reduces the $200 down to $95 to $125. On this merit alone I’d go with option one above, but we have to look at the 10% back on all stays with Intercontinental up to 100k total points. This is the same deal that IHG credit card holders retain. In fact, this deal is stackable, meaning the top tier Intercontinentals of the world, which usually cost 60k points, net out at 48k with this deal. Since my family stays at a lot of Intercontinental hotels, and we have another big family trip planned next year, this is the deal we will go for.

We have plans right now to redeem in excess of 400k points, that’s worth another 40k points back right there. Conservatively that’s worth $200 – $280, not including upgrades, or free weekend nights. That would put us way ahead, and it’s more than likely we’ll redeem in excess of 500k.

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Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

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