A FlyerTalk thread suggests the renewal fee for current InterContinental Ambassador members will increase from $100 to $150 this week. The date mentioned is August 10.
This fee change is not mentioned in recent renewal letters to current InterContinental Ambassador members or on the IHG website. Also, there is no indication if the cost in Priority Club points for Ambassador renewal will change. Currently the Priority Club points renewal rate is 20,000 points. Members get a Priority Club 5,000 points certificate in the Ambassador member packet, so actually, the net cost is 15,000 points to renew with points.
The cost for initial InterContinental Ambassador membership increased on July 1, 2010 from $150 to $200 or 24,000 points to 32,000 points. There was no advance notice of that fee change either until a FlyerTalk member posted the rumor June 30, 2010.
Last year I tried to join InterContinental Ambassador online redeeming 32,000 points, but a technical glitch resulted in my membership not being processed.
Loyalty Traveler April 2, 2011 post discusses the basics of InterContinental Ambassador and Royal Ambassador membership.
Although you probably already know the basics if you are reading this post on Ambassador Renewal Fees increasing this week.
Original Loyalty Traveler post link: http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/2012/08/05/rumor-intercontinental-ambassador-renewal-fee-goes-up-to-150-this-week/
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