Royal Ambassador

Last updated: August 19th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

What is it?

  • It’s the  über elite program for Intercontinental branded hotels and resorts. Access By invitation only – although the invitation rules are fairly well known and listed below. You can look forward to a life decent upgrades and an all you can drink complimentary mini-bar!

How do I get it?

  • Technically it’s invite only – but you can either earn it or blag it!

Earn it:

(Note the published requirement is to be in the top 1% of customers and be an Ambassad0r. What follows are the unwritten rules)

  • Join as an Ambassador and pay the current fee (US$150)
  • Stay 5060-70* nights in any hotels within the Group
  • With a minimum of 3 nights in 3 different Intercontinental hotels within your Ambassador Year
  • You should then be upgraded to Royal Ambassador (sometime a prompting phone call helps)

* Updated summer 2009

Blag it:

  • Every Royal Ambassador that qualified the hard way has a referral voucher to invite someone else into the scheme
  • They sell on ebay for US$500-US$900 – ouch..

What do I get if I make it?

  • Everything an Ambassador gets and..
  • A new membership card / luggage tags
  • Instant Platinum Status
  • If you earn it (instead of blaging it) you will also receive a referral voucher

And when I stay (officially Paid Stays only)?

  • As above – Everything an Ambassador gets and..
  • 1,000 extra points on every stay (So 4,000 in total)
  • Guaranteed room upgrade at time of check-in to an Executive or Suite room (which in practice leads to a two level upgrade on what you book)
  • Welcome gift (such as chocolates or biscuits)
  • Guaranteed room availability for one room with 24-hour advance reservation (although they may offer you the presidential suite at silly prices)
  • Depending on the hotel – extra perks such as club lounge access or improved upgrades
  • 8am Check-in
  1. Rgeene
    September 13th, 2011 at 12:07 | #1

    I interested in obtaining a RA referral voucher, who can provide me one? Thanks.

  2. malte53
    October 2nd, 2011 at 06:48 | #2

    Intercontinental Royal Ambassador Referral Certificate is only valid for one year ?

    So my Ambassador period ends Dec11 and then I am sending the voucher to IC and they will change me to RA automatically?!

    Is it really guaranteed upgrade!? I don’t have to tell them, just book standard room and they will lift me up?

    Thank you all for your help!

  3. admin
    October 2nd, 2011 at 07:39 | #3

    Ebay! But I’ve heard of experiences of “lost post”…

    If you send a voucher now, your new status will only last until Dec11. Renew your status, and then send your voucher.

    I’ve heard that you need at least 3 different IC’s – and then ~60 nights anywhere in the group. Are your IC’s different or the same?

  4. Shawn
    November 10th, 2011 at 23:16 | #4

    A question: I am a newly minted RA member. Should I book the lowest possible room at the lowest possible rate in order to take greatest advantage of the program? So even if I book a room with a twin bed, will I end up with a room with a king bed, for example?

  5. Amos
    March 29th, 2012 at 23:32 | #5

    As an RA, you book the least expensive room. Your upgrade does not depend on the room you book but on your negotiation skills. At a hotel with a club, you will get a minimum of club room with club access. No club? Minimum of a suite. Getting a free breakfast on top of the suite is sometimes easy (far east) sometimes hard (Willard, IC Chicago), but is always possible. I have been more
    than 100 nights as an RA in more than 20 different IC, and was never denied an access to club; only once, in the absence of a club, denied free bfast (Tampa, but they gave me the presidential), and only once got club, but no suite (Grand Stanford, in one of my 5 stays there).

  6. Amos
    March 29th, 2012 at 23:39 | #6

    I asked many IC employees what the rules are for getting an RA. I got it in 2009 instantly after registering for the ambassador. In the 6 months prior to that, I had spent about 90 nights at
    IHG hotels, including about 20 at IC. I was told that nights alone do not make it: an RA must
    stay at 3 different continents. I cannot contradict this claim, since my stays above were in America, Europe and Australia. To stress: IHG hotels in 3 continents, not IC hotels in 3 continents!

  7. Amos
    March 29th, 2012 at 23:44 | #7

    Add-on: the “3 different IC” that is being mentioned above cannot be correct. I got it with
    2 different IC, and one of them was free (some promotion) and was months before I registered to the ambassador.

  8. John Araman
    July 16th, 2012 at 03:13 | #8

    Suppose someone blagged it. Does he get to renew it every year. Or is it just valid for the period in question..?

  9. RoyalA
    November 24th, 2012 at 03:54 | #9

    RA referral voucher, 5oo$, if anyone interested contact me

  10. admin
    November 29th, 2012 at 03:51 | #10

    Sorry – this is not a platform for trading RA vouchers.

  11. Anthony
    January 23rd, 2013 at 21:46 | #11

    I have just received my RA “SHARE” referral certificate that now states that associate receives all the privileges of RA “All for an initial fee of $200.” and “not for barter or resale” … so they have finally stopped the trade in these or at least dropped the value of this. Very disappointing.

  12. david
    February 13th, 2013 at 09:22 | #12

    still selling your RA certificate?

  13. Fellow
    March 13th, 2013 at 22:00 | #13
  14. Hung
    February 22nd, 2014 at 01:26 | #14

    I just have received my RA card with referral certificate. Just wondering anyone is interested ?

  15. Hung
    February 22nd, 2014 at 01:27 | #15

    David, you are interested till ?

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