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New IHG Rewards Club Advisors Survey Indicates Upcoming Changes To InterContinental Ambassador Program Next Year

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Currently, IHG runs two parallel programs for InterContinental hotels and IHG group’s entire properties. InterContinental Ambassador Program benefits only apply when you are staying at InterContinental hotels.

InterContinental Bora Bora, Picture from IHG.com

For now, InterContinental Ambassador cost 200 USD or 40,000 IHG Rewards Points and gives you the following benefits:

  • Complimentary Weekend Night Certificate

  • Guaranteed One Category Room Upgrade

  • Early Check-in and Late Check-out

  • Welcome Amenities (Gifts, Refreshments and Water)

The benefits provided by Ambassador program at many aspects overlap with IHG Rewards Club’s own. From Room Upgrade to Early Check-in etc. In many ways, real values of the Ambassador Program is rather limited in comparison to what top tiers get at other hotel chains. Despite which of the two or even both of the programs you become a part of. Free breakfast and club lounge access are still never guaranteed. This has to be one of the biggest turn-off for many business travellers.

Current InterContinental Ambassador Welcome Kit

Free Breakfast and club lounge access is something gold tier members easily get at other chains like Hilton and Marriott. I have to say that things aren’t exactly are turning for the better, instead, a recent survey revealed some positive changes could be happening to the InterContinental Ambassador program next year.

The survey was sent to IHG Rewards Club Advisors members, that was a program ran by IHG years ago where they sent out invitations to certain members to join. Members who choose to join can complete surveys for IHG rewards points.

For this particular survey, Advisors can receive 5000 IHG rewards points for completing it. Here’s some newly proposed benefits that could be added to next year’s InterContinental Ambassadors Program:

  • One complimentary buffet breakfast per night

  • Guaranteed one category upgrade

  • 4pm late checkout

  • $20 Food & Beverages/mini bar credit

  • Annual complimentary night certificate (valid on second night of paid stay)

  • Platinum status

  • Complimentary high speed internet

  • Complimentary mineral water per day

Additional when achieve membership milestones

  • Annual pass to Club Lounge

  • Annual suite upgrade on paid stay

Advisors Survey Info on InterContinental Ambassador Program

In addition to this potential benefits, the cost for joining and renewing Ambassador membership has also raised from 200 USD to 250 USD.


Points To Reflect Upon

Royal Ambassador Benefits?

If this is what Platinum/Spire Ambassadors get, what could be happening to Royal Ambassadors?

Weekend Night Free Certificate Being Replaced?

In the new survey, they’ve not mention anything regarding the already existing free weekend night certificate. I suppose it’s being replaced with a simple second night free certificate as a “improvement”, or could they both co-exist?

Platinum Status Is Included In Ambassador Program?

If it become so easy to get Platinum Status, along with such benefits as free breakfast, then not many people are going to push for anything above, though nothing is guaranteed now, so one way or another, a huge improvement.

Mini-Bar Credit To Replace Welcome Gift?

The food & beverages / mini-bar credits would in many ways be of more value to the unspecified welcome gifts, as normally we would get some pieces of chocolates and cookies in a plate, being able to order at a restaurant for 20 USD surely is a lot better than chewing on dry cookies.


So far, this is only a survey that’s being leaked among frequent flyers forums, so nothing would be set in stone.

I am happy to see how many of those benefits could really be added when they choose to “improve” the current program. To many people, the most useful perks would be free breakfast and lounge access. But seeing the way they are researching and developing on this, I doubt they are going to introduce all of the aforementioned benefits altogether more likely, they would just “improve” upon current ones.

InterContinental Hong Kong Picture From IHG

Albert K. Field Albert is my name, and travel the world is my game. I began my passion for travel at a very young age, I started this website as a strong means to further explore the world of frequent flyers programs (FFP). The relationship between customers and service providers in the aviation and hospitality industry always seems to be in opposition, however, since the introduction of United Airlines’ Frequent Flyers Programm since 1972*. This has significantly eased the middle spectrum between 2 parties. While the aim of airlines is still to generate more revenue; but for us,as consumers, are also given the opportunity to participate in the bargaining and exploiting from service providers. Living in a world of globalization where big data becomes vital for simulating successful economical activities, most of us will have to travel to other locations whether willingly or unwillingly, while you hearing all this fascinating stories about others, In fact, you too, can blend into the trend. It may not sound like how media illustrates, but indeed there are possibilities for us to have more spontaneous travel without getting held back by financial situation. My website consists of reviews of airline premium cabin products,airport lounges and stay reports of 5-star hotels and their executive lounges across the globe. In addition to all of that, I care the most about their frequent flyers program and loyalty program, which also includes banking partners. Plus, I spontaneously put up reviews and news update regarding premium water brands and restaurants. The purpose of this website is to share all of this information with my audience as well as inviting you to be part of my journey.

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China’s First JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Debut In Shanghai

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JW Marriott Marquis Shanghai Foyer

Marriott’s Shanghai JW Marriott Marquis Hotel opened today, the first JW Marriott Marquis brand hotel in China. The hotel welcomes guests with a wide range of exclusive services and an immersive new luxury experience.

As the world’s third JW Marriott Marquis hotel, Bruce Ryder, vice president of luxury brands for the Asia Pacific region of the Marriott Group, also defines the Marquis brand:

First, the JW Marriott Marquis brand must be a landmark JW Marriott hotel, and choose to settle in a landmark city. The design of the hotel building is also a landmark building, which often attracts more guests’ attention and attention. The building of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Shanghai and the Burj Khalifa have chosen the same architectural design company SOM. The architecture and interior design also have a series of exclusive features.

With 515 rooms, the rooms are elegantly designed in a style that allows guests to enjoy the sleek design and intimate and warm customization in the modern and classic rooms. All rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities to meet the needs of both business and leisure travellers.

In addition, JW Marriott’s Marquis brand is proud of the MICE banquet facilities and series of services, reflected in the newly opened Shanghai JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. The hotel has a total of 12 multi-functional ballrooms and conference halls with a total area of ​​more than 3,200 square meters, providing a choice of creative and technological venues for exhibitions, awards, conferences and events of different needs. The hotel also features high-end Chinese cuisine and exotic dining experiences, including a casual, interactive full-time restaurant trajectory kitchen with five unique cuisines and a rich world cuisine.

Angela Pan, General Manager of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Shanghai, said that the hotel welcomes guests with a wide range of exclusive services and immersive luxury experiences. For example, considering the number of group guests, the hotel has a dedicated group entrance and check-in counter in the other section of the lobby on the first floor, which is separated from other business and leisure guests.

As for the Executive Lounge for eligible guests, In addition to combining modern minimalist design with rich and elegant art, and blending into the open kitchen homely design, the hotel’s JW Lounge specially separates different area to meet the needs of business travellers into resting and dining.

In addition, the location of the hotel also provides more diverse meeting schedules for conference guests. For example, the yacht club that is within walking distance of the hotel can arrange the Huangpu River yacht trip, and can arrange outdoor activities on the Huangpu River behind the hotel. The opening of the Art Gallery can also be used as a schedule for the event, and jogging, meditation and yoga can be arranged along the banks of the Huangpu River. In addition, the hotel’s diverse dining options can also be customised according to the needs of MICE guests, and even have a menu of healthy elements and special tea breaks. The constant change of innovation is also in line with the needs of MICE guests. In the dining section, JW Marriott is also highlighted. The food and wine that the brand values.

JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai is located in Shanghai Pudong New District, adjacent to the Huangpu River and Lujiazui Central Business District, and has quick access to Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Hall, Mercedes-Benz Cultural Center, Shanghai Oriental Sports Center and Shanghai Disney Resort. hot spot. The art galleries and the riverside trails that are close at hand are added to the culture and art. The transportation to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport is also very convenient.

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Radisson Hotels Launches Multi-brand Platform To Enhance Digital Experience

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Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen

Radisson Hotel Group launches its new multi-brand, mobile-optimized global website, RadissonHotels.com, which will also serve as an exclusive platform for members of the Rewards Club. After the website update is completed, the group will also launch the Radisson Blu Hotel Group APP at the end of July 2019. Radisson stated that ‘this online development milestone marks the Group’s move to digital leadership in the industry.’ which I found very self-serving to start with, but their old website and app is more like something from the last decade, so it’s refreshing to see them catching up in this regard.

Guests and members can browse the Group’s more than 1,100 hotels worldwide on the updated RadissonHotels.com website and make it easy to book.

The RadissonHotels.com website and the Radisson Hotel Group app will bring a customized digital experience to the new and old members of the Rewards Club. The interactive design of the interface between the website and the app is very user-friendly and will be the central platform for earning points, viewing and redeeming points. In addition, users can view all member benefits of Rewards through the platform.

Video Illustration by Radisson

Eric De Neef, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Commercial Officer of Radisson Hotel Group, said: “The launch of RadissonHotels.com is an important milestone for us to become an industry leader. All brands can be reached through this integrated platform, which will greatly improve user experience and enhance the value of search engine optimization. RadissonHotels.com is one of the core business initiatives of our five-year plan, which will drive our business transformation and make Radisson Hotel a priority for guests, owners and talent.”

The upgraded website will integrate past single-brand websites to provide users with a comprehensive and friendly integrated platform experience. The website will cover all seven distinctive brands of the Radisson Hotel Group: Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Collection, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn, and Country Inn & Suites. In addition, it will also include the art’otel brand of their strategic partner PPHE Hotels Group.

The site will be fully online in English, Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Swedish. Other language support will also be updated gradually. We want to make as many guests and members as possible accessible to RadissonHotels.com in their native language.

In the new booking experience, Radisson encourages guests to quickly join the Rewards program and enjoy the membership price. Once you become a member, guests will have the opportunity to save up to 10% on their stay. The best online price is available through member discounts.

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