My favorite InterContinental Royal Ambassador benefit is…

InterContinental’s top tier status, Royal Ambassador, comes with quite a few nice perks, like free minibar consumption, room upgrades, bonus points, a welcome gift, etc. But there’s one benefit that makes me like InterContinental Royal Ambassador more than any other top tier status — guaranteed 8AM check-in and 4PM check-out.

I landed at O’Hare at 8AM this morning, and am spending the night at the InterContinental O’Hare on an $89 rate. The one bedroom suite (which they pre-upgraded me to) wasn’t available yet, so without any hesitation they gave me a “holding” room while I waited for my suite to be ready.


Holding room

Best of all, I find the benefit to almost always be applied without even asking. It’s invaluable for those early arrivals in Europe or late departures in Asia.


Suite I eventually got upgraded to

Comments

  1. Hyatt Diamond status will get you this benefit as well. I have used it extensively. On my last trip to NYC (over a holiday weekend no less), I was quietly pulled to the side and given my room (a complimentary upgrade to an “Entertainment Suite – 1 bedroom Suite attached to a 900 sq ft party room) after 3 Platinum members in front of me in line were told their rooms would be ready by 11. I was also staying on points, not paying for my room.

    I don’t know how things will change once their credit card starts flooding the market with Diamond members, but Hyatt always treats me like a king in their properties. It helps that I have averaged 120-150 nights per year with them for the past 5 years…

  2. @Chris B — the Hyatt credit card does nothing to help members towards Diamond status. And while early checkin may be offered to Diamond members on occasion, Intercontinental Royal Ambassador offers this as a PUBLISHED BENEFIT explicitly at 8am. That’s HUGELY valuable for early a.m. arrivals in Europe especially, but I’ll also do early arrivals in Asia.. a wonderful wonderful thing indeed.

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