IHG Rewards Club registration is open for the Next Big Win promotion running January 1 to April 30, 2014. Each member has a customized offer.
- Current IHG® Rewards Club members and new members can register for the “Big Win” hotel rewards promotion here.
- Receive custom offers to win points or miles such as: stay more and earn more, stay on the weekend to win or explore our brands
- Stay to start “winning”
- Track your offers and rewards via a customized Rewards Tracker here.
My Big Win Offer: 76,400 bonus points.
My current Big Win offers for 2013 are for 89,800 points, but most of the points are unachievable without hotel stays in Europe. The Big Win 2013 offers with three hotel nights earned around 30,000 bonus points.
My 2014 offers are easier to achieve.
January 1 – April 30, 2014.
- Explore Our Brands: 2 brands = 9,600 bonus points. (Earn in 2 nights)
- Win in a Weekend: Stay 2 Saturday nights = 4,800 bonus points. (Earn in 2 nights)
- Start the Day Off Right: Stay 1 night on Best Flexible with breakfast rate = 2,000 points. (Earn in 1 night.)
- IHG Mobile App booking: 3 separate Stays = 5,600 bonus points. (Earn in 3 nights).
- Stay Smart: Stay at 2 Holiday Inn Express hotels = 8,000 bonus points. (Earn in 2 nights). Read further to see why this offer is creating confusion with this question popping up around the blogosphere: Are Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express two separate brands?
- Stay More & Earn More: 5 Nights = 8,400 bonus points. (Earn in 5 nights)
- Win Big: Complete all 6 tasks and earn 38,000 bonus points.
Is The Big Win a Good Deal Promotion?
I think this particular offer is a 5-star deal for me. The reason all these nights are not daunting is the ability to complete all six hotel tasks with a total of 5 paid hotel nights in a 4-month period from Jan to April. The conditions are combinable to complete tasks, so the limiting factor here is the 5 nights for 46.400 points. Earning the full bonus requires five hotel nights.
Yet I can also get good value with this offer after only 2 or 3 hotels nights.
Stay 1: Holiday Inn Express, mobile booking, Saturday night.
Stay 2: Holiday Inn (9,600 bonus points), mobile booking, Saturday night (4,800 points). 14,400 bonus points earned with 2 nights.
Stay 3: Holiday Inn Express (8,000 points), mobile booking (5,600 points), Best Flexible breakfast rate (2,000 points). 30,000 bonus points earned after 3 nights.
Two additional nights can be included in two of the stays above or even two additional 1-night stays during the promotion.
76,400 bonus points earned after 5 nights Jan 1-April 30, 2014.
Rate Analysis: Assume $100 per night room rate. Actual rates can likely be found for under $75 per night in some locations or much higher in other hotels.
$300 in hotel spend for first three stays. Earn 30,000 bonus points on top of regular points earning at 10 points/$1 for these hotel brands.
Realistically I can expect to earn as an IHG Rewards Club Platinum member another 1,500 elite points. Earning 35,000+ IHG Rewards Club points with three hotel nights is a good deal.
35,000+ points has the potential to save over $300 in future rooms at IHG brand hotels, especially with PointBreaks and Flash Sales on award nights.
Even better is staying an additional 2 nights and assume $200 extra dollars. After completing 5 nights and $500 in hotel spend, an additional bonus = 46,400 bonus points.
Spending $500 for 5 hotel nights and earn 76,400 bonus points and 7,500 hotel stay regular points is incentive for me to push several hotel stays to IHG in 2014.
83,900 IHG Rewards Club points are worth at least two nights at some top level InterContinental Hotels ($400 per night rates) or 16 nights on PointBreaks ($100 per night rates).
This is a good hotel traveler investment for 2014.
Are Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express two separate brands?
Glancing over FlyerTalk I was curious about the number of questions asking if Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express are two different brands.
Of course they are.
Then, when I looked over my Big Win offer, it was apparent to me why there is Holiday Inn confusion among loyalty members.
The best value task I have is Explore Our Brands: 2 brands = 9,600 bonus points. (Earn in 2 nights). The T&C for this task state the 9 IHG brands as:
InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, Even® or Hualuxe® hotels worldwide.
Stays at Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations® properties count as stays at the Holiday Inn brand and stays at InterContinental Alliance® Resort properties count as stays at the InterContinental brand.
Stay Smart at Holiday Inn?
The real confusion in IHG brands is due to the ‘Stay Smart’ task which states “Stay at 2 Holiday Inn hotels and earn 8,000 points” in the main page for my Big Win tasks. The offer shows an exterior hotel photo clearly showing the Holiday Inn hotel brand logo.
‘Stay Smart’ is the Holiday Inn Express tagline.
Read the Terms and Conditions for this offer and the task is not aligned to the photo image of a Holiday Inn Hotel.
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 Holiday Inn Express® hotels hotels worldwide.
The T&C state this offer is for Holiday Inn Express hotels which aligns with the name of the task ‘Stay Smart’, however, is considered a different brand than Holiday Inn shown on the photo image for the task. I am not sure why hotels is written twice in their terms.
To be blunt, this is a major f#@k-up for The Big Win promotion roll-out, in my opinion.
Still, I like my IHG Rewards Club Big Win offer this time around.
Update: Dec 18 – The T&C of my offer has been changed and clarified as 2 stays at Holiday Inn.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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