New RA qualifying criteria based on IC nights (July 2011)

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Qualifications: 60 qualifying nights including 20 IC nights, minimum 3 different IC properties.

Are reward nights included in the count of qualifying nights?
No.

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Old Jun 14, 11, 4:48 am
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New RA qualifying criteria based on IC nights (July 2011)

My RA expired in May and I did receive a friendly letter telling me that I did not meet the required target so I will be Platinum Ambassador which they offer me for free.

I contacted the hotline and asked what was going on as I had just concluded the Crack The Case challenge with 50 night in 5 brands and 20 Saturdays.
They told me that I had "only" 46 IC nights which was not enough to requalify for RA.
After some long discussion we agreed that I will stay every single day of the remaining month of May (7 days) at a IC and they would reconsider ( but without guarantee).

As I had to spend some nights at a hotel anyways I rebooked my stays to IC hotels instead and .....

voila... I am RA again ^
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Old Jun 15, 11, 12:01 am
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Does anyone know if it still show a line like "Ambassador Renewal" when my RA expire in Aug when I turn into just Platform Ambassador?"
Yes; just before the end of the month in which the current royal ambassador status expires, there will be an Ambassador Renewal line
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Old Jun 15, 11, 10:55 am
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No. You will only get 1 kit - RA.

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Old Jun 19, 11, 9:00 pm
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My RA status goes through the end of August. Since 9/1/2010, I have had 52 nights at all IHG brands, with 11 nights at 6 IC's. By the end of this month it will be 59 and 12. The other day, I received a letter stating that I would be given a complimentary Platinum Ambassador but not RA for next year. I expect tht I will be close to 80 and 16 by the end of August, which seems to suffice what others have posted. I travel about 98% in the US/Canada, and in out-of-the-way locations, so many of the places I go do not have IC's, and often not even CP's.

Anyone had a similar experience? While the regular Ambassador is nice, it takes me less than a month to earn Platinum for the following year each year.
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Old Jun 19, 11, 10:16 pm
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You'll probably have to ask for a review. Personally, I would wait until I get the Amb kit (2-3 weeks before your membership expires), and then call for a review. You numbers are fine, but if at first you don't succeed, call back again.

Originally Posted by Tump View Post
My RA status goes through the end of August. Since 9/1/2010, I have had 52 nights at all IHG brands, with 11 nights at 6 IC's. By the end of this month it will be 59 and 12. The other day, I received a letter stating that I would be given a complimentary Platinum Ambassador but not RA for next year. I expect tht I will be close to 80 and 16 by the end of August, which seems to suffice what others have posted. I travel about 98% in the US/Canada, and in out-of-the-way locations, so many of the places I go do not have IC's, and often not even CP's.

Anyone had a similar experience? While the regular Ambassador is nice, it takes me less than a month to earn Platinum for the following year each year.
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Old Jun 19, 11, 11:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Jaimito Cartero View Post
You'll probably have to ask for a review. Personally, I would wait until I get the Amb kit (2-3 weeks before your membership expires), and then call for a review. You numbers are fine, but if at first you don't succeed, call back again.
Ah yes, the PLEASE downgrade me trick for 2 kits.
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Old Jun 23, 11, 8:14 am
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I have now spend quite some time reading through this thread but I can't really find a solid answer to my question, so I ask again even though I guess this have been covered numerous times before:

My Ambassador year run from August to August, while I got RA status in February. I usually got 60-70 nights a year, almost entirely in IC, so with other words I should meet the requirements for RA also in the future. My stays are spread equally over the year. Does this means I have to have 55-60 nights from February to August to maintain RA or do PC look at my overall stay history in addition? If I need 55-60 nights from February to August, wouldn't it be very difficult to ever obtain RA status if your Ambassador year and "RA year" are close to 6 months apart, as you have to meet the qualification requirements in just half a year?
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Old Jun 23, 11, 10:55 am
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Your RA year is the same as your Ambassador year.

Towards the end of your year, IHG will look at your stays in the previous 12 months..
The date when you went from Amb to RA is irrelevant..


Originally Posted by aulrik View Post
I have now spend quite some time reading through this thread but I can't really find a solid answer to my question, so I ask again even though I guess this have been covered numerous times before:

My Ambassador year run from August to August, while I got RA status in February. I usually got 60-70 nights a year, almost entirely in IC, so with other words I should meet the requirements for RA also in the future. My stays are spread equally over the year. Does this means I have to have 55-60 nights from February to August to maintain RA or do PC look at my overall stay history in addition? If I need 55-60 nights from February to August, wouldn't it be very difficult to ever obtain RA status if your Ambassador year and "RA year" are close to 6 months apart, as you have to meet the qualification requirements in just half a year?
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Old Jun 23, 11, 12:30 pm
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Originally Posted by McCoy View Post
Your RA year is the same as your Ambassador year.

Towards the end of your year, IHG will look at your stays in the previous 12 months..
The date when you went from Amb to RA is irrelevant..
Three months prior to your RA expiration PC will check your stays for the previous twelve months so if it is till end of Aug, they will look back from end of May back for twelve months, ie your stay history from June 1st last year to June 1st this year, if you satisfied the criteria you will receive automatic RA status for another year, if not you'll receive a downgrade letter. I would always suggest calling if you receive the downgrade if you believe there is any chance of renewal or just to inquire what additional stays maybe required to satisfy the criteria.
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Old Jun 23, 11, 1:20 pm
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Sorry - misread earlier post ... deleting since my response was not correct
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Old Jun 25, 11, 12:15 pm
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Just a quick checkpoint for everyone, was informed that 74 paid nights with 5 stays at Intercontinental hotels (10 nights in 3 countries) doesn't make the grade at the moment though they "are monitoring my account to see if they can offer me RA status in the future"
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Old Jun 25, 11, 5:11 pm
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Originally Posted by skeltonl View Post
Just a quick checkpoint for everyone, was informed that 74 paid nights with 5 stays at Intercontinental hotels (10 nights in 3 countries) doesn't make the grade at the moment though they "are monitoring my account to see if they can offer me RA status in the future"
115 paid nights with 5 stays at three different ICs and got downgraded overnight (ironically while staying at an IC), with the third IC stay only in the last month I wonder if that was the reason?? Perhaps the automatic upgrade will kick in once this stay posts, could be lucky!
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Old Jun 25, 11, 8:09 pm
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Originally Posted by skeltonl View Post
Just a quick checkpoint for everyone, was informed that 74 paid nights with 5 stays at Intercontinental hotels (10 nights in 3 countries) doesn't make the grade at the moment though they "are monitoring my account to see if they can offer me RA status in the future"
Originally Posted by markis10 View Post
115 paid nights with 5 stays at three different ICs and got downgraded overnight (ironically while staying at an IC), with the third IC stay only in the last month I wonder if that was the reason?? Perhaps the automatic upgrade will kick in once this stay posts, could be lucky!
Guys, were most of your stays non qualifying or deeply discounted, anything like that. Sure you are looking at RA year, etc?
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Old Jun 26, 11, 12:48 am
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Originally Posted by TheBeerHunter View Post
Guys, were most of your stays non qualifying or deeply discounted, anything like that. Sure you are looking at RA year, etc?
Or could it be that IC nights are counting much more than it used to do towards RA status compared to HI, HIX, etc? I got a colleague that just got renewed with 55 nights but almost all of these where IC nights and not the cheapest room rates either (usually standard club room).
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Old Jun 26, 11, 4:30 am
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I've always though it was a combination of nights and revenue that decided who were the top 1%. Therefore, generally speaking, those who stay predominantly in America or Asia would have to do a lot more than EMEA travelers.
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