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IHG One Rewards made substantial improvements to its elite benefit offering in 2022. Most obviously, Diamond members can now enjoy complimentary breakfast and the potential for suite upgrades.
IHG has also made it easy for members to try out Diamond status for themselves. In the summer, IHG ran a status challenge that was open to all. (click here for details) And on 13-14 October, IHG mistakenly allowed members to sign up for “Instant Diamond” status. (and didn’t seem to penalise anybody for trying…)
You might also have held Spire status in prior years – perhaps mostly due to credit card spend or COVID-related extensions – and found your status converted into Diamond status mid-year.
In any of these scenarios, your Diamond status might be expiring on 31 December, 2022. But you don’t have to just sit back and accept the downgrade…
Sign-up for Ambassador
Signing up for Ambassador costs $200 (approx. £163) or 40,000 IHG points and is probably worthwhile in its own right.
If you sign up before 31 December, 2022 and stay two nights at an InterContinental, Kimpton, or Regent hotel before 31 January, 2023 (two separate one-night stays also works fine), you will receive 20,000 bonus points.
You will also receive the standard benefits of Ambassador status.
Elite Status with IHG One Rewards
The published terms of Ambassador status make clear that you will receive Platinum status with IHG One Rewards.
However, there is a glitch/loophole/travel hack – call it what you will – that you can hopefully take advantage of.
If you are CURRENTLY a Diamond member and you become an Ambassador this December, you should see your Diamond status extended until 31 December, 2023!
I signed up for Ambassador recently and within minutes I received an email from IHG One Rewards.
A quick check of my IHG One Rewards account shows that my Diamond status will expire on 31 December, 2023 – despite only 3 nights spent during 2022…
As with all unpublished travel hacks, this might not work for everybody and/or IHG might decide to close this loophole.
But if you are currently hold Diamond status with IHG One Rewards and won’t be able to renew it the normal way – 70 nights or 120,000 Elite Qualifying Points – then an investment of £160+ in Ambassador status might well be worth it. Worst case scenario… you will enjoy Platinum status in 2023 and have a free night to spend at a nice Intercontinental hotel somewhere…