The one nice thing about the recession has to be the plethora of deals we’ve seen in the travel industry, from every legacy carrier offering some sort of double elite qualifying miles promotion to hotels offering double stay credits and nights “rolling over” towards next year’s status. Certainly most airlines and hotel chains realize that people are traveling less, not more, this year. And then there’s InterContinental.
InterContinental’s top tier status, Royal Ambassador, is invitation only and doesn’t have published qualification criteria. All they say is that it’s extended to the top 1% of Priority Club members. Nonetheless, 50 nights with stays at three or more InterContinental hotels always seemed to do the trick. However, since June some on FlyerTalk have reported not receiving an invitation, despite spending over 55 nights at Priority Club properties. This thread on FlyerTalk suggests one now needs at least 60 nights to be invited to the Royal Ambassador program.
Fo’ real, raising the threshold in a recession?