IHG is the only hotel chain offering you the possibility to buy its platinum status by applying for an Ambassador Membership for 200 USD or by using 40'000 IHG points.
Here are some of the benefits which come along with the Ambassador membership:
- Guaranteed room upgrade
- late checkout and up to 20USD on food & beverage credit
- One voucher for a complementary weekend night on any hotel with one paid night
- Platinum Status
Most of the people buy this membership with a redemption in mind for the complimentary weekend night voucher. This could come in handy at expensive hotels or on overpriced weekends.
Furthermore, for some people the status might be valuable if staying at IHG properties couple of times a year or for status matching.