Priority Club vs. Ambassador

Last updated: March 2nd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

What’s the difference between the Priority Club loyalty club and the Ambassador program?

So much confusion, so here are few pointers:

Priority Club Status and hence benefits applies to:*

  • Crowne Plaza Hotels
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Holiday Inn Hotels
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotels (or Express by Holiday Inn)
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Candlewood Suites

Ambassador and Royal Ambassador status and hence benefits only apply to:

  • Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts

What about the Points?

  • Points earned in any hotel go towards your Priority Club status

How long does the Ambassador Status last?

  • One year from when you join – this does not synchronise with your Priority club year which always runs from January to December


* There have been reported instanstances where someĀ  Intercontinental Hotels have given upgrades to Platinum members without ambassador status – this is not a normal benefit and should be seen as a bonus!

  1. January 28th, 2013 at 04:55 | #1

    Is it worth signing up for Ambassador status using points, when planning on staying at Intercontinental hotels ( using the points collected to date) , in order to get whatever perks there may be

  2. TODD
    November 6th, 2013 at 21:18 | #2

    So is there any advantage in upgrading to ambassador if a person never stays at an Intercontinental Hotel? I stay at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood, and Staybridge all of the time but I never stay at Intercontinental.

  3. Bill
    November 13th, 2013 at 15:23 | #3

    @TODD
    There’s no point at all in Ambassador if you’re not going to stay at an Intercontinental.

  4. Thomas Harkness
    November 14th, 2013 at 22:35 | #4

    It would have been beneficial to know of this particular requirement when I joined Ambassador Status some years ago; I thought from the readings and details that it provided the upgrade, late check-out, etc. for any IHG properties, not just the specific Intercontinental properties. I have wondered why some of the properties never heard of Ambassador status but referred to me as a Platinum member. I feel deceived.

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