New RA qualifying criteria based on IC Revenue

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Update 2019: The RA status granted at the start of the calendar year 2017 and 2018 has been based on IC revenue. As from 2019 criteria again have become vague. RA is not achieved through IC spend only. Other, unknown elements are taken into account as well. (Fact: Some users with very high +25k IC spend were not renewed in 2019.)

Update December 2018: it looks like some accounts are proactively being renewed in December 2018, well ahead of the stated expiration of Jan 31, 2019. It is currently unknown what criteria were used, but previous years appeared to indicate around $10K++ in IC spend only.

As before, please Divide EQPs by 10 to get $$$ Spend

JANUARY 2019 RA RENEWAL STATS [put total IHG vs. IC if you can]
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NAME.... IHG total (paid)/IC/EQP, break out IC spend if you can
Pseudo Nim 73 IC nights, $14.6K IC spend ($17.7K total),
Shoven 70 (50) IC nights, $17.3K IC spend ($17.3K total),
Unterwegs 52 IC nights, approx $12K net IC spend. No other brands this year! No more mediocre HIs to make status.
Kaix 63 IC nights, $14.4K IC spend ($15.1K total)
Tim O'Brien 26 IC Paid Nights as at Dec 27, when notified of RA renewal, 140,171 EQP, IC Net Spend 14, 017.
Vsevolod4 IHG total 132, IHG total paid 101, IC nights 85, IC Qualified Spend $16.5K, total EQP 398,800, Kimpton nights: 3, RA Ambassador Kit renewed Dec 27, RA renewal (again) and Kimpton Inner Circle upgrade Jan 4.
kaka(mom) 34 nights 1 country (all IC), IC spend:23k USD

ID;Name;Confirm;Kit msg; Revenue ;Nights;Challenge?;Additional Info

40;stimpy;+;none; $9,000.00 ;50;?;RA since 2001 - exceptional renewal
38;turner32;-;none; $9,000.00 ;?;?;8/9 years as RA
49;hannes08;+;01/16/2019; $9,990.00 ;52;2000;renewal probably because of challenge
17;Lewis42;+;12/27/2018; $10,000.00 ;?;2000;renewal probably because of challenge
27;scienm;+;none; $10,032.00 ;32;?;8 years RA
25;hclee01;+;none; $10,142.16 ;37;?;current RA since 2014 - manual renewal
18;annihilation;-;none; $10,605.00 ;39;?;
51;crosskonaftw;?;none; $10,700.00 ;35;?;not yet RA
30;Land-of-Miles;+;none; $10,999.00 ;19;?;
16;Kimsbrand;-;none; $11,297.88 ;5;?;not RA yet. 13,532.92 USD total?
48;Urby38;+;12/27/2018; $11,300.00 ;47;?;Royal since 2012
42;SAWorldVoyager;?;12/21/2018; $11,391.52 ;?;?;
14;Cielito_;+;none; $11,511.00 ;62;no;77/62/8 with 12042 USD after batch
45;whimike;+;none; $11,700.00 ;?;?;RA for about 7 years
10;Unterwegs;+;12/27/2018; $12,000.00 ;52;yes;
44;serendipity1211;+;01/16/2019; $12,300.00 ;45;no;first-time RA
28;cazane;+;12/27/2018; $12,600.00 ;61;no;4 prepaid nights not posted until 27th 11890 -> 12600
11;VaBeachGirl;+;12/27/2018; $12,750.00 ;68;no;
50;lukah;?;none; $12,800.00 ;80;?;3 years RA
15;336;-;none; $12,900.00 ;16;2000;NOT completed challenge / Lots of adjusted stays
1;DonPedro;+;12/21/2018; $12,971.00 ;49;no;
47;SD2019;+;none; $13,000.00 ;35;no;stays erroneously adjusted or marked as overlapping
36;BRUSS;+;01/16/2019; $13,001.00 ;?;?;
13;Tim O'Brien;+;12/27/2018; $14,017.00 ;26;?; Kimpton;
33;marlin1978;?;12/27/2018; $14,182.00 ;46;no;
26;Kaix;?;12/27/2018; $14,400.00 ;63;?;
9;Pseudo Nim;+;12/27/2018; $14,600.00 ;73;?;
41;PMMMDL;?;?; $15,000.00 ;50;?;
23;nicolas75;?;12/27/2018; $15,000.00 ;81;?;
5;sharps1337;+;12/21/2018; $15,200.00 ;79;no;
3;Raynyan (friend2);?;12/21/2018; $15,500.00 ;69;no;
22;pantanal;+;12/27/2018; $16,000.00 ;?;?;
24;vsevolod4;+;12/27/2018; $16,319.00 ;84;no;
34;boekel;?;12/27/2018; $16,950.00 ;60;no;
21;ILS2;+;none; $17,000.00 ;40;?;
8;skaya (2x);+;12/27/2018; $17,000.00 ;?;?;
7;shoven;+;12/27/2018; $17,304.00 ;50;?;
51;EmeraldLady;+;12/27/2018; $18,000.00 ;47;?;
32;Mr. Chan;?;12/21/2018; $19,582.00 ;45;yes;completed challenge
46;kaka;+;12/21/2018; $20,001.00 ;34;no;
31;christenlabelle;?;none; $22,000.00 ;51;1k + Kimpton;
39;marcel.baden;?;12/27/2018; $22,000.00 ;77;?;
35;Flying Lawyer;?;12/27/2018; $22,135.00 ;70;?;
37;Roey007;?;none; $25,000.00 ;42;?;9 years RA - 9k adjustment: no kit message with 11k before
12;IThink;+;12/27/2018; $25,000.00 ;85;no;
19;HadesNL;+;12/27/2018; $28,273.90 ;52;?;
4;Raynyan (friend3);?;12/21/2018; $30,000.00 ;73;no;
29;btravers33;?;12/27/2018; $30,000.00 ;98;?;
2;Raynyan (friend1);?;12/21/2018; $32,000.00 ;75;no;
20;Raynyan;+;12/27/2018; ? ;70;?;~30 nights not counted somehow
6;samjnz;?;12/21/2018; ? ;?;2000;


04 JAN 2018 RA RENEWAL STATS [put total IHG vs. IC if you can]
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NAME.... IHG total (paid)/IC/EQP, break out IC spend if you can
Pseudo Nim 139 (116)/85/192K, of which $18K in IC
Boekel 85 (70)55/170K, of which $15K in IC
Tim O'Brien 29 IC Nights 2 Non IC IHG nights, 341,976 EQP
scubaccr 55 paid IC Nights , us$13,000++ / 4paid non-IC nights us$900++ (plus 8x IC reward nights, 20x non-IC reward nights) <== Sorry.. forgot to cop exact EQP values before 1/1/2018 acct zeroing
Cielito_ 81/77/5 - $7,353 F&B + $11,656 Room = $19,009 IC net spend - EQP 468,000 (First Time RA)
hclee01 50 IC us$13k++
Land-of-Miles ?? IC us$10.5k++
cazane 60 IC us$11.8k++
VaBeachGirl 54 IC us$13k++
PiffPaffPuff 60IC us$25k++
??????? 35 IC us$10.2k++ <== first time RA ref PiffPaffPuff colleague
Spitcool 40 IC us$15k++
Eltham 40 IC us$12k++
shoven 43 IC us$15k++ <== first time RA
skaya (partner) ?? IC us$10.2k++ <== renewed
darby1970 62 IC us$13k++
The Mileage Millionaire 102 paid IHG nights / 100 paid IC nights / 229k EQP / $22.7k++ IC spend
Orion_1 8 nights at IC, spent at 2 properties - USD 10,200 in total at ICs (honeymoon...)
HadesNL Elite qualifying points: 239,095, Qualifying nights: 39
Aussielori 50 IC us$8k++ 9.2k overall renewed on 16 jan

04 JAN 2018 RA LOSS STATS [put total IHG vs. IC if you can]
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tarek.h ?? IC us$9.1k++

sharps1337 IC us$9.9k++ (and 129 non-IC us$17k++ )

04 JAN 2017 RA RENEWAL STATS (Please include 2016 y/end EQP count)
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NAME.... IHG/IC/IC's EQP $$$$s
SCUBACCR 80/56/13 EQP=14,979 (Split $12864 + $2115)
HANNES08 76/46/10 EQP=11,200
OZ_CATALYST 75/63/8 EQP=14,700 (first Time RA) ($12414 at ICs)
TAREK.H 46/37/4 EQP=14.500 ($10,917 IC Spend)
TravelTheWorld66 147/33/11 EQP=27.972 ($8500 IC Spend)
HCLEE01 67/50/6 EQP=14880
ATACAMA40 82/56/10 EQP=??,???
VaBeachGirl 84/42/12 EQP=15,000
Land-of-Miles 87/73/10 EQP=40,000
SSH4POOH 132/99/28 EQP=50,000
???????? 75/35/8 EQP=??,??? (First Time RA, ref SSH4POOH)
iThink 82/36/11 EQP = 18,200
aussielori 75/45/5 EQP =15,100
1010101 50/48/4 = 12,500
MYSTERY7 63/45/? EQP=25,000 (First Time RA)
EmeraldLady 68/42/10 EQP=15,500
NKU 86/80/5 EQP=20,000
Petrus 110/40/3 EQP=20,000 ($8500 IC Spend)
JOHHENRIK 74/65/10 EQP=16,800
SyLance 76/76/4 EQP=17,500 (RA again after 3years missed)
Pseudo Nim 90/58/15 IC spend $9,500, $17K across chain (175K EQP)
Tim O'Brien 58 nights, EQP 474,576 , July 31, 2017 Year End, renewed to Dec 29, 2017
HadesNL 22/20/7 and us$20,000 ref two posts.
PROTEOME 53/36/? $25,000 (Plus further 30x IC Non-qual nights and 18 IC Award nights) <== nb Maybe/Maybe-Not the IC Non-qual $$'s count as about half EQPs spend, probably > 10k IC qual spend
Chinatrvl 88 nights (in all brands, but c. 75 in ICs), 300,000 EQP, ADR c. 115 USD as I stayed mostly on a locally negotiated rate (spend c. 10k USD)
Unterwegs 78(my count 86)/63/10/285.000 (according to email, I would have expected less. my spending estimate is 15-20K$)
Lewis42 77/39/10 EQP=16010
Whimike 88/35/12 EQP=14220

04 JAN 2017 RA Demotion to xxx Ambassador stats (if > 75/30/3)
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NAME IHG/IC/IC's EQP $$$$s

[Archived - no longer valid] New (Royal) Ambassador Criteria

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Old Oct 22, 16, 11:32 pm
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i think your thoughts fit in with those of us that think the refresh is commencing in Jan 2017.

i believe they will be reasonably liberal about the changeover, with the augmented criterion of revenue.

maybe not too long to find out.
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Old Oct 23, 16, 2:16 am
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If, as we suspect, we're already renewed for next year, it will be an idea to burn some points before revenue spend qualification kicks in next year. Assuming we get confirmation of this quite soon..
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Old Oct 23, 16, 2:32 am
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Originally Posted by turner32 View Post
If, as we suspect, we're already renewed for next year, it will be an idea to burn some points before revenue spend qualification kicks in next year. Assuming we get confirmation of this quite soon..
what do you mean we've already qualified for next year? you think all RA will get auto requal?
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Old Oct 23, 16, 2:36 am
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We've been told there will be an announcement next month, which coincides nicely with current RA's being extended to 31 December 2016. That is when it looks as if the revenue element comes in, to give a Jan-Dec cycle.
This is what I expect to happen, but we'll find out soon!
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We've been told there will be an announcement next month
Told by whom?
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The Guest Relations Manager at IC malta.
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Old Oct 23, 16, 6:26 am
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The Guest Relations Manager at IC malta.
Is that a reliable source?
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Old Oct 23, 16, 8:34 am
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Is that a reliable source?
I don't see why she wouldn't be. She was careful not to impart any information except to say there will be an announcement from IHG next month regarding RA and lounge access.
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Old Oct 23, 16, 2:05 pm
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it is not that simple to move all RAs to a new jan-dec cycle, i just don't see it happening come Jan2017, I will go father and say moving all RAs to be period jan-dec will not be happening

i'd be royally pissed off, as in NOV I have just booked 15 IC nights including rather costly IC-PL and IC-AMSTEL, based on my new current amb year cycle

If year changed to jan2017-dec2017 and either/both my NOV2016 spend/nights disd not count i would walk away from ihg as could no longer trust or work with ihgs ra program at that point
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it is not that simple to move all RAs to a new jan-dec cycle, i just don't see it happening come Jan2017, I will go father and say moving all RAs to be period jan-dec will not be happening

i'd be royally pissed off, as in NOV I have just booked 15 IC nights including rather costly IC-PL and IC-AMSTEL, based on my new current amb year cycle

If year changed to jan2017-dec2017 and either/both my NOV2017 spend/nights disd not count i would walk away from ihg as could no longer trust or work with ihgs ra program at that point
Why not just wait and see? Our RA has been further extended until the end of the year, and even IHG will comprehend the ramifications of that on our own individual attempts at re-qualification. At this point in time, i'm looking more at cancelling booked nights rather than booking more (expensive) stays.
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Old Oct 23, 16, 9:09 pm
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My RA year expires 30 nov this year and I would have 75 nights once it rolls over to december I am going to loose 26 nights from nov 15 so wont qualify.
so im not happy at all.
december expiry isnt working for me as I have no stays at all in december
I called them and was told they know nothing at all.
should I re call on 31 oct to get them to add my nights to 75k ?
Im pissed !!!
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Originally Posted by tinkybelle View Post
My RA year expires 30 nov this year and I would have 75 nights once it rolls over to december I am going to loose 26 nights from nov 15 so wont qualify.
so im not happy at all.
december expiry isnt working for me as I have no stays at all in december
I called them and was told they know nothing at all.
should I re call on 31 oct to get them to add my nights to 75k ?
Im pissed !!!
IHG Saltlake RA check is done twice
a) your Ambassador(RA) year is to 31st December 2016 , then your Ambassador year check will be period 1st Jan 2016 - 31st Dec 2016
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b)They also do a check 1month prior to expiry ie for Amb/RA year ending 31st Dec 2016 will also check 1st Dec 2015 - 30th Nov 2016


However if RA year ends 30th Nov 2016 then the two checks are
1st Dec 2015 - 30th Nov 2016 (normal year check)
1st Nov 2015 - 31st Oct 2016 (check 1month before renewal)
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Guest Relations managers are notoriously misinformed. And all this talk about new cycle, while appearing to be a logical conclusion, ignore the fact that some of us were recently given the normal full 365 day extension rather than a few months.

So we are back to knowing nothing about the future of this program.
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Old Oct 24, 16, 7:46 am
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All this talk about new cycle, while appearing to be a logical conclusion, ignore the fact that some of us were recently given the normal full 365 day extension rather than a few months.
That's the big mystery indeed

Does it mean that guest receiving the nomral full day extension have already reached the amount to be requalified after 1st January, or something else?

TO BE RA OR NOT RA, THAT IS THE BIG QUESTION
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Guest Relations managers are notoriously misinformed. And all this talk about new cycle, while appearing to be a logical conclusion, ignore the fact that some of us were recently given the normal full 365 day extension rather than a few months.

So we are back to knowing nothing about the future of this program.
100% agree to the first part of your comment. For the last part I don't see that somebody with a end date of ambassador membership year October or later has been renewed for 365 days.

For the last part we are again full in line
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