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IHG Rewards “The Big Win” Promotion

IHG Rewards “The Big Win” Promotion

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IHG Rewards (formerly Priority Club) is offering a tailored promotion, “The Big Win,” which allows members to earn 50,000 points or more through December 31, 2013.

This isn’t a particularly lucrative promotion because you have to complete lots of different tasks to get the big bonus.  But it doesn’t hurt if you already had hotel stays planned at IHG Rewards hotels.

IHG Rewards Tailors to Members with "The Big Win" Promotion
What is Your “The Big Win” Promotion Offer?

IHG REWARDS

IHG hotels include Candlewood SuitesCrowne Plaza,  Holiday InnHoliday Inn ExpressHotel IndigoInterContinental Hotels & Resorts, and Staybridge Suites brand hotels.

The Promotion

You have to register for the promotion.

The promotion is customized to individual members, so the number of points which you can potentially earn will vary.  Regardless of your offer, you earn at least 1,000 points when you stay at any IHG hotel:

IHG Rewards Tailors to Members with "The Big Win" Promotion
The Big Win Promotion Offers Multiple Ways to Earn Points

Here’s what a non-elite member was offered:

  • 1,000 Points“Try one and done” –  Stay at any IHG hotel
  • 2,000 Points“Book with us” – Book 2 separate stays
  • 4,000 Points“Stay more & earn more” – Stay 4 nights at IHG hotels
  • 8,000 Points“Win in a weekend” – Stay 2 Saturday Nights
  • 10,000 Points“Explore our brands” – Stay at 3 different IHG hotels
  • 25,000 Points“Win big” – Complete all of your personalized offers

So 50,000 points is the maximum number of points that you’d earn if you completed all the tasks to earn the 25,000 point bonus.

In addition, you can choose to earn airline miles instead, at a rate of 500 miles for every 10,000 IHG points.

You may get a better offer if you have IHG Rewards elite status, and you get IHG Reward’s top-tier Platinum status if you have the IHG Rewards credit card.

Putting the Points to Use

Priority Club points can be transferred to a number of different airlines at a 1:5 ratio.  This is not a good deal and is an expensive way to earn miles.

Using the points for hotel stays, though, can be a good value.  Here’s IHG Reward’s award chart which start as low as 5,000 points for a PointsBreak award.  and cost 50,000 points for a top-end InterContinental hotel.

Terms & Conditions

You will earn points for eligible stays completed between September 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.  You have to register for the promotion before you complete any stays. The full Terms & Conditions are found here.

Bottom Line

IHG Rewards’ “The Big Win” can be useful if you have hotel stays planned and can switch them to IHG Rewards hotels to take advantage of their “Big Win” promotion.

If you do not have any stays planned, it doesn’t seem worth it to “mattress run” i.e. check-in and check-out of a cheap IHG Rewards hotel just for the points.

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Hello,

Looking for a cheap holiday inn to finish Big Win.. Found one in Arkansas for $68 but there has to be a $49 out there. Help?

MJ

We completed all our Big Win challenges on 12/31/13. I’ve been keeping an eye on the IHG site to watch for our bonus points to post. So far our qualifying stays are all there, but the Big Win site is only showing bonus credit for our first stay. Terms & conditions say we should allow 4-6 weeks for them to post, but advertised T&Cs always seem exaggerated. Can anyone confirm whether your bonus points posted promptly after your final Big Win qualifying stay? Thanks–I’d like to push this item off my plate and not have to spend any more mental energy looking over IHG’s shoulder. 🙂

Great website Darius. Keep up the good work.

Being about halfway through my Big Win qualifications, I signed in today, to check out the points I had earned for participating in The Big Win. They had been listed separately from other fulfilled offers. I also wanted to see how much time I had left to complete the one more stay required. I clicked on “my offer status” and lo and behold “The Big Win ” is no longer listed, even though the end date is/was Dec. 31st.

I was going to book a local place this week to fulfill the required stay and qualify for all the bonus points I had registered for, but that doesn’t seem worth the effort now. I’ll give them a call tomorrow to see what the scoop is.

My total award is 84,400 points. I had business trips already planned, so timing is fine. Only problem, no Saturday stays. I was considering booking/paying for 2 inexpensive rooms somewhere in the US but not actually staying at the hotel. Anybody tried this? I found cheap rates, around $65/night. Could I book 2 rooms on the same night and get credit? Are the 42,000 points worth this effort? Thanks to all-

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@John – You have to actually check in to the hotel to get the points, so it likely won’t work if you don’t. 42,000 points are worth about$210 at 0.5 cents per points, so it could be worth it.

I stay at Holiday Inn (now IHG) hotels 100+ times per year, am a Platinum Member and am REALLY disappointed by this promotion. It seems to be solely focused on capturing new members (which is fine) and penalizing long term high volume travelers like me (which is not fine). My “specially taylored” Big Win promotion allowed me to obtain 180,000 points – which sounded great, but after staying 24 times and at 5 different brands, I have obtained a whopping total of 1000 points! I cry foul! I could have earned 50,000+ points just through normal accumulation at any other competing hotels (Hilton, for example). Whoever designed this promotion has a serious problem with understanding customer retention.

I havn’t stayed at anything but Holiday Inn for over 10 years (over 1000 stays) – maybe IHG is trying to tell me that it is time to move on…….

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