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InterContinental's Royal Ambassadors Have Been Cut Down in Vegas

September 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM | by | ()

Last month, the erstwhile Points Guy aka Brian Kelly let us in on a little-known perk of InterContinental Hotels' upper echelon loyalty program tier, Royal Ambassadors--raiding the minibar.

Brian demonstrated the perk while in Vegas at The Palazzo, which is actually now a part of InterContinental. Because he's a Royal Ambassador, that means he's allowed to clear out the minibar totally free of charge and yes, that includes all the alcohol.

While we debated the ethics of doing this sort of pillaging, it turns out the powers that be at The Palazzo and The Venetian (also a part of InterContie) took notice of this free-for-all. And then effectively put a stop to it.

Commenter RicGarrido let us know of the new minibar policy for Royal Ambassadors when staying in Vegas:

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The Points Guy Asks, 'Is It Wrong To Clean Out the Hotel Minibar?'

August 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM | by | ()

The Points Guy aka Brian Kelly has long been a favorite hotel and travel expert of ours, especially since he's a whiz at figuring out how to get the most out of your credit card points, frequent flyer miles, hotel rewards and other loyalty programs when you travel.

And because he's such a genius at navigating the extremely confusing waters of loyalty program promotions, Brian has seen and done some pretty cool things this past year, one of them being obtaining Royal Ambassador status at InterContinental Hotels.

Aside from getting numerous perks upon arrival at an InterContinental Hotel such as room upgrades, instant check-in, fresh fruit and mineral water at arrival, VIP greeting, in-room welcome gift, one free pay TV movie per stay, complimentary newspaper and a late check-out, Ambassadors are also given free reign of the minibar. Meaning they can clean it out and not get charged a single penny.

But is that wrong? Allow Brian to show us exactly what he's struggling with in the video below.

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Would You Pay $200 a Year to Be an InterContinental Royal Ambassador?

July 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

We can't all earn 10 million frequent flyer miles or spend 300 nights out of the year on the road to get supreme elite status so some of us have to get it another way--by buying it. And that's what you can do at InterContinental Hotels to get Royal Ambassador status.

For just $200 a year (or 32,000 Priority Club rewards points), you can get an upgrade to a superior room, priority waitlist reservations, late check-out, instant check-in, instant check-out, a complimentary weekend night upon enrolling, fresh fruit and mineral water at arrival, VIP greeting, in-room welcome gift, one free pay TV movie per stay, complimentary newspaper and an airport chauffeur service (but for a fee.)

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