As I posted earlier this week, IHG Rewards is bringing back their Big Win Promotion for the first quarter of 2014. The promotion will run from January 1, 2014 – April 30, 2014. IHG Rewards is currently finishing up a very similar Big Win promotion where the number of bonus points you can earn is based on an individualized offer, but everyone had a minimum of 50,000 points on the line (though that doesn’t seem the case this time).
Today I was able to see what my personalized offer will be for the next Big Win promotion, and here are the details. Remember, this is just my offer. Yours may be different, and I would love to hear about the details in the comments section!
- Stay a total of 4 nights and earn 8,000 points
- Stay at 2 different IHG brands and earn 16,000 points
- Book 1 stays through the Best Flexible Rate with Breakfast and earn 2,000 points
- Book 2 separate stays through an IHG® hotel website or mobile device to get our Best Price Guarantee and earn 3,200 points
- Complete a simple survey and earn 100 points
- Stay 2 Saturday nights and earn 8,000 points
- Stay at 2 Holiday Inn® hotels and earn 8,000 points
- Complete 7 of your offers and earn 45,000 points
I have a total of 90,300 bonus points on the line if I complete all seven steps of my Big Win offer. It seems that I could complete all of this in four nights, at two different brands, with two of the stays at Holiday Inn hotels, and two of the stays on a Saturday. Of course, I’d have to make sure to hit all seven of the offers, but the “hardest” point will be hitting four nights. This is likely one of the “easier” offers. I didn’t participate in the 2013 Big Win, and don’t think I have had a paid IHG Reward stay in a couple years, so they may be trying to “win back” my business.
Honestly, this seems pretty easy if you have any level of travel that can be done at a IHG Rewards hotel in the first four months of 2014. If I wanted to just do stays for the sole purpose of this promotion, I bet I could use local Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels at about $70 per night for a total of around $280 for about 90,000 bonus points (on top of all the other points you would normally earn). That comes to about 1/3 of a cent per point, which cheap even for IHG Rewards points. To give some context, IHG Reward night redemptions can range from 5,000 points per night (via PointBreaks) – 50,000 points per night.
If my early morning math is correct, I may actually have to pay attention to this promo. What was your offer and will it change your early 2014 travel patterns?
Big Win Terms:
Must be an IHG® Rewards Club member and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion. Number of bonus points or bonus miles listed above will be awarded after required number of qualifying room nights have been consumed by the member between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014 (both dates inclusive) at InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, Even® or Hualuxe® hotels worldwide. A stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out. A stay constitutes a “qualifying stay” when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates. Points are not issued for stays at the following reduced room rates (Non-Qualifying Room Rates; Non-Qualifying Stay): net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, IHG® Rewards Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, most rates booked through most third party web sites, complimentary hotel stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate. Only one room per member per stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points or miles. No retroactive points or miles will be awarded for stays prior to registration. You must be a miles collector with a preferred alliance in order to collect miles. Frequency/ partner credits may be issued in credits other than miles. Click here for a list of all participating airlines. All airline program terms and conditions apply. Please allow up to 4 to 6 weeks for points or miles to be credited after checkout. This offer is subject to standard IHG Rewards Club terms and conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained by visiting www.ihgrewardsclub.com. This exclusive offer is valid and applies to the original recipient only.