How I just joined IHG Ambassador for $75

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IHG is offering a 100% bonus on purchased points – this is the key.

I’ve written several articles in the past regarding the value of the Ambassador program so I won’t go into the details again. Both of my parents are long time IHG loyalists and we mainly cycled points/stays through their accounts for family trips. I hadn’t personally joined because it didn’t make sense to have 3 members. That just changed. Part of my MASSIVE 80k IHG Accelerate promotion was to join Ambassador, and they offered a 5k point incentive to do so. This was in addition fulfilling one of the required 6/7 targets. So how did I join? I didn’t pay the normal cash rate of $200.

I used 32k points instead of paying $200. Everyone can do this. 32k points can be purchased for just $184 until November 9th.

Using this point sale means I effectively paid $184 when you factor in the current 100% bonus on purchased points. Points are currently being sold for $0.00575 per point. The 100% bonus starts at 5000 points, but the best deal is with a bigger purchase.

I Get 10% of my redeemed points back because I carry the IHG credit card from Chase.

Yes, it works for joining Ambassador. That $184 just dropped to $166, or 32,000 drops to 28,800.

Let’s add in the value of the 5k point incentive. This nets out to just 23,800 points out of pocket, or just $136.85. We can drop that to $75…follow along.

32,000 * 0.9 = 28,800

28,800 – 5000 = 23,800

23,800 * $0.00575 = $136.85

I could write the membership down even further by saying that it represents 1/7 of the 75k ( 5k are from joining so need to be backed out) points that I will receive by fulfilling the Accelerate promotion…roughly 10,700 points. This means I’m getting Ambassador for roughly 13,100, or $75.

$136.85 is a cheap weekend night at an Intercontinental. $75 is insane.

A free weekend night is a perk of the Ambassador program.

I’ve already reserved my weekend night at the Intercontinental Shanghai. I’m getting a free night worth $300. Hopefully an upgrade to boot. B – YAH!

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The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

Super solid welcome offer.

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

  • 3x on dining
    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
  • $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Primary rental car coverage is my favorite

There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 


  • Robert N. November 14, 2017

    Need to highlight the fine print on the Ambassador “free weekend night” promotion. A second night is free when you purchase the first night AT A HIGHER THAN USUAL RATE. Can’t use points for that first night. I don’t think it’s worth it.

  • BarryL November 5, 2017


    Thanks for the motivation I signed up today for IHG Ambassador myself today. Have some upcoming paid and award stays at Intercontinental. I even had my sweetie sign up too, as she connects IHG points weekly.

    Do you ever get upgraded to club rooms? I hope to redeem my BOGO while in L.A. if the regular rate is reasonable.

    • Miles November 6, 2017

      LA would be a great redemption. It’s not common, but depending the load of the hotel I’ve seen it done. Specifically in Austin Texas.

  • Boraxo November 3, 2017

    Also you should update the deadline as my account says the 100% point bonus runs through November 9

    • Miles November 3, 2017

      B – looks like they’ve extended it! thanks for the heads up. updated

  • Boraxo November 3, 2017

    Great post which has inspired me to do the same, though my computation comes to $95 before accelerate as the point cost is only .005 and the signup bonus is 10k (promo).

    Keep in mind that BOGO night is not worth as much as you paid for first night because the BOGO rates are usually higher than lowest discounted rates. But still a great deal at many IC properties. Also I think you save on taxes, and get Ambassador perks…

  • DaninMCI October 31, 2017

    Oh but it gets better. In the Ambassador welcome packet you’ll get a certificate for 5000 points as well.

    • BarryL November 5, 2017

      I read on Flyertalk these 5k certs have been eliminated. I just signed up, used the 32k.

      • Miles November 6, 2017

        Barry – I haven’t received my welcome kit yet, but will report back when I do.

  • butzi October 31, 2017

    A 300$ room? I redeemed the AMB Certificate at the InterContinental Tel Aviv, booking a 515$ suite – and staying in a 850$ suite.

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