READER EMAIL: Confirmation: Ambassador Renewal Extended Diamond

A LoyaltyLobby reader emailed us about an article we published earlier this month (read more here) that discussed IHG One Rewards Diamond status extensions by purchasing/renewing InterContinental Ambassador.

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IHG has, for years, enabled members to extend their entry-level status by simply purchasing or renewing InterContinental Ambassador status.

It was unclear for a while if IHG continued its practice, which we confirmed in our previous article.

Reader email:

Confirming that I took the (small) gamble after reading your June 17 article on IHG Diamond extension by Ambassador.

I extended my recently expired Ambassador membership (via website) and it instantly extended my Diamond status from 12/31/22 to 12/31/23.

The extension worked as it should. The reader’s Diamond level has been extended for one year until December 31, 2023.

What we previously published:

There has been a long running feature of the Ambassador program which has been very beneficial to IHG Rewards and now IHG One Rewards members.

Enrolling or renewing Ambassador status with cash or points automatically renewed your IHG One Rewards top-tier status through the end of the following calendar year. This previously applied to Spire Elite; I have renewed it using this method several times, and now at Diamond Elite.

Example:

  • Your Diamond status is due to expire on December 31, 2022 and you do not have enough qualifying nights or spend to qualify.
  • You enroll or renew InterContinental Ambassador anytime in 2022 (preferably when there is a promotion to do so).
  • The Diamond Elite is extended until December 31, 2023.

Note that there is no guarantee that IHG will continue to expand the Diamond level based on the purchase or renewal of the InterContinental Ambassador.

The main change in the recent benefits enhancement was that Diamond Elite members can now choose breakfast for two as a convenience choice.

Club Lounge access and suite upgrades are based on nights consumed as part of IHG Milestone Rewards.

Key Benefits of InterContinental Ambassador:

  • IHG One Rewards Platinum Status
  • Guaranteed one-category upgrade
  • Guaranteed 4:00 PM departure from InterContinental hotels
  • $20 F&B credit per stay
  • Free night voucher for the weekend

Don’t forget that you can easily qualify for the Diamond level by booking and paying for bonus point packages!

IHG One Rewards Bonus Point Packages (Elite Qualifying Point Purchase)

IHG One Rewards Elite and Milestone Rewards benefits

Spire Elite Extensions through InterContinental Ambassador

Conclusion

Interestingly, this status extension was never an official benefit of the Ambassador program and therefore may be discontinued without notice.

There are still a few perks with InterContinental Ambassador, the main ones being confirmed 4:00 p.m. departure, F&B credit, and guaranteed upgrade.

Hot breakfast for two is a Diamond-level amenity choice, and payment for Ambassador can be recouped, if you’re staying at an expensive hotel, easily in a few nights.

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