IHG launches “The Big Win”, a potentially very generous Autumn promotion

(EDIT:  This post discusses Big Win 1 from Autumn 2013.  Big Win 2 (Spring 2014) is discussed here.)

IHG Rewards Club – the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group – is launching its new promotion on Monday.  It will run from September 1st to December 31st.

“The Big Win” will offer a different set of deals to every member, so it is difficult to write in too much detail at the moment.  However, every member will be offered at least 50,000 bonus points or 10,000 airline miles.

IHG Rewards Club

The registration website went live early for a period on Friday but then seems to have disappeared again – the official launch date is Monday.

However, View From The Wing was able to register on Friday.  Gary got offered the following:

  • Try one and done – 1000 points for my first stay
  • Stay more and earn more  – 7400 points for 7 nights
  • Explore our brands – 12000 points for staying at 2 brands
  • Book with us – 2400 points for making 2 bookings through an IHG website or mobile device
  • Survey the win – 100 points for taking a survey
  • Live the city life – 8400 points for 3 stays at participating hotels in Sao Paolo, Vancouver, Montreal, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, and Mexico City
  • Win in a weekend – 4800 points for 2 Saturday night stays
  • Win big – 38000 more points for completing all of the above

If you assume that you got the same – which you won’t – you could pick up the grand total of 71,000 bonus points for staying 7 nights.  However, these seven nights would need to include two different brands, include 3 hotels at the cities featured, and include 2 Saturday nights!

There MAY be an opportunity to ‘mattress run’ here.  This is especially true of the dead period between Christmas and New Year, when you can often pick up a hotel room for peanuts.

It is also not clear if reward nights will count towards the total, given that you now earn elite stay credit on reward nights.  If they did, you could book some PointBreaks nights at 5,000 points and use those to qualify for the bonus!

I will see what I get when the IHG website kicks back into life, and then decide if this is a game worth playing.  My confirmed IHG bookings between now and 31st December are a grand total of 1 night, on a Friday ….

(To see our complete list of all current hotel promotions for the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. Eric OMara says:

    Are these bonus points in ADDITION to the other bonus you wrote about in July
    Extra 2000 points per night
    Extra 10 000 points for 1 night stay at HIX

  2. My offer is

    Stay at any IHG® hotel and receive 1,000 Points
    Stay a total of 5 nights and receive 6,700 Points
    Stay at 2 different IHG brands and receive 12,000 Points
    Book 2 separate stays through an IHG® hotel website or mobile device and receive 2,400Points
    Complete a simple survey and receive 100 Points
    Stay at 2 of the following locations below and receive 12,000 Points

    Mrs xcalx received the following offer

    Stay at any IHG® hotel and receive 1,000 Points.
    Stay a total of 4 nights and receive 6,400 Points
    Stay at 2 different IHG brands and receive 20,000 Points
    Book 2 separate stays through an IHG hotel website or mobile device and receive 4,000 Points
    Complete a simple survey and receive 100 Points
    Stay 2 Saturday nights and receive 8,000 Points
    Stay at 2 of the following locations below and receive 12,000 Points
    Complete all of your offers and receive 52,000 Points

    Will these points stack along with all the other generous IHG point offers

    • Can’t see any reason they won’t stack, however lots of the existing offers are coming to an end on 31/8/13 and my guess would be that there’s likely to be little by way of new offers to come along and replace them given this promo.

    • Yes, they will stack with all the new member bonus codes etc I posted recently.

  3. Would booking for someone else work?

    • Yes, that is not normally an issue. The way to do it is to book for 2 people and add the name of the other person as ‘Additional Guest’ during the booking process, and in the comments put “Mr X will check in first”

      • Great – have just set up an account for the wife but as I travel more often i was hoping to do a couple of the stays when I’m away with work

  4. Thunderbirds says:

    IHG IT systems strike again..? No book with us offer. Duplicates for some of the other offers and a total of 172,000 points. Who knows?

  5. Interesting stuff… I wonder why my personal version is for bonus miles instead of IHG points (Iberia is my preferred earning method), but at the same time I’ve got the North American hotel list instead of the European one, so I can’t really see how I can pick up the full amount as it’s hardly worth a trip unless I decide to do a TP run…

  6. DontLikeFruit says:

    My offer total is 127,500 points:

    Try one and done – 1,000.
    Stay more & earn more – 32 nights – 19,200
    Explore our brands – 4 different brands – 24,000
    Survey – 100
    Live the city life – 2 locations (many London & Birmingham properties listed) – 7,200
    Win in a weekend – 7 Saturday nights – 12,000.
    Win big – 64,000 Points

    Seven Saturday nights looks like my trickiest challenge, followed by 4 different brands.

  7. Excellent
    The Live the city life offer includes numerous Birmingham hotels. I should be able to complete most of the challenge with my normal business trips. The weekend stays will prove more difficult.

  8. Eric OMara says:

    I am looking for help here please 🙂

    We were looking to book a long weekend somewhere anyway , mid Sept, when this promo came up.
    I have no status (yet) with ICH but this is my plan

    Friday – Preston South hIx £44
    Saturday – Preston HI £50
    Sunday – Liverpool Indigo £67

    I’m registered for the following offers
    “Try one and done”
    1 stay is 500 miles
    As I am booking 3 nights in separate hotels, is that 1500 miles?
    Explore our brands”- stay in 3 different brands
    2000 miles – think I’m ok with that
    “Book direct 500 miles”
    2 online bookings to get 500 miles- ok with that

    5000 bonus points for staying at Indigo Liverpool (£67) ok with that

    2000 bonus points x 3 nights for 2013 promotion ok with that.

    Now that we have reverted our earning preference back to points from BA,
    What’s a mile worth?

    what other stackable codes can we apply, and do they count for each night, or just as a one off?
    Your help would be much appreciated

    • You need to be careful. Switching back to points may be an issue – will they give you miles or points when you hit your targets? The ratio is usually 5 to 1 so theoretically if they let you take points you’d get 5x the number of miles.

      The stackable codes – I listed most of the working ones in a recent post – may (I think) require your account to be set to points to pay out. Most are one offs, but some offer x points for every stay in y days.

      • Eric OMara says:

        Thanks Raffles.
        Managed to register another couple of codes that should get us another 4500 points

        • Eric OMara says:

          By my calc. Thats nearly 30K points for the weekend if they convert my miles to points at the 5:1 ratio

      • If you collect miles, you will still receive points using those codes…

  9. Mine seems the easiest to achieve out of all posted so far!!

    I haven’t stayed in IHG since last November, but I think I’ve got to go for this one.

    Basically it’s 22600 points for 2 separate nights. Now, if one of them was at Heathrow and one in a certain European city, then I just need another 3 nights anywhere to get the remaining 79100 points!

    (1000 for first stay, 3600 for booking 2 stays, 18000 for 2 brands, 18000 for 2 of the following European, 10100 for 5 nights, and 51100 for completion/survey)

    • 5 nights with this promo could get me nearly a month of free nights at Point Breaks rates…

  10. Are the promotion codes from your previous posts and those from flyertalk are targeted and region specific? I heard someone has the account suspended because registering the codes not in the account holder region.

    • They are targeted to the extent that they only send them to some people, but they work for anyone. Never heard of any issues if people use them who don’t get them, and I have been doing this for YEARS. I recently changed my account to a US address for a couple of days to get a 5k bonus to hit, as I will post later this week.

  11. flibbly says:

    My ‘Live the city life’ offer only includes hotels in Australia and Japan, presumably because I stopped at a HI in Sydney last year. Makes the bonus impossible too, so unfortunately very little incentive to change my current plans.

  12. My offers aren’t too bad especially if they include reward stays as I’ve a few in sydney later this year. Got bookings with Hilton and Accor due to better rates / locations but one could be changed to an IC to get a third brand stay – either that or a really cheap night at a UK Indigo.

    As for my “city life” hotels, got London LHR HI, CP Amsterdam South, somewhere in Paris etc. Apart from maybe London, nothing really useful and the Amsterdam hotel seems a bit far out from the Dam Square touristy area.

    • Click the “view all” button next to the hotels and you should see


    • You need to click ‘view all’ to see the full list 😛

  13. Makes this easier having more options. A quick TP / mattress run will sort a few things out although depending on whether reward nights count, it might be cheaper in the long run to just book and cancel reward nights rather than go out of my way for this.

  14. My potential upside is 88,000 points but the Explore brands is a killer for me as it’s 4 for 24k points. That’s the only thing that will stop me from getting to the Win Big 44k points.

    Worked out a potential matress run taking into account a v. cheap Crown Plaza, at £68, a cost of £40 to switch out a forthcoming booking to change to a HI Express, and I have a HI covered, but I need a 4th.

    Anyone know of a cheap Staybridge, Candlewood or Indigo at less than £80 in the UK? That way it works out as £200 for 90,000+ points. I’m assuming you actually have to check in for the stay to count.

    • I got the Indigo in Birmingham last week for £79 (non refundable, no breakfast). That said, that’s the only time I have seen it for sub £80.

    • Hotel Indigo in Liverpool coming in under £70 if you book for a couple of months away.

      I wish the 2nd Sep would hurry up and come around so I can make my bookings!!

      • Great, thanks guys. I could drive across to L/pool in 40 mins and check in, so that’s a plan.

        • No probs – it looks a pretty nice place and has good reviews. Plats apparently get free minibar too 😉

    • There are a couple of Staybridge Suites now, eg Newcastle

  15. Try one and done – 1,000 Points
    Stay more & earn more – 15,800 Points from 17 nights stay
    Explore our brands – 39,000 Points for staying at 5 brands
    Book with us – 3,600 for two bookings
    Survey the win – 100 Points
    Live the city life – 10,8000 for 2nights in vaious euro city hotels
    Win in the weekend – No offer
    Win big – 70,000 Points by completing all offers.

    Grand total of 140,300 available.

    My stay pattern for the rest of the year means all of this is very unlikely though.

  16. pazza2000 says:

    My offer is fairly easy (any hotel / all within the UK) however with a lesser no. of potential points:

    Try one and done – 1,000 Points
    Stay more & earn more (6 nights) – 10,600 Points
    Explore our brands (2 brands) – 18,000 Points
    Book with us – 3,600 Points
    Survey the win – 100 Points
    Win in a weekend (2 Saturday’s) – 7,200 Points
    Win big – 41,000 Points

    Grand Total of: 81,500

  17. Clive J says:

    Got my offer,

    1,000 1 night
    7,700 8 nights
    14,000 3 brands
    7,200 2 cities
    5,600 3 Saturdays
    100 Survey
    36,000 BIG WIN

    So 71,600 up for grabs. I don’t travel on business, so the 8 nights will be a challenge, but I think I’m going to have a bit of fun and give this a go. I have a stay at the Brighton Hilton coming up so have tagged a night at the HI onto the back as a start. Will probably do a run to Birmingham and do the CP and Indigo (which looks nice). I’ll be using as many codes as I can get away with and see how much I can make before the end of the year. This is also probably my last year as a Plat Elite so may as well take advantage.

  18. I’m platinum (from the visa) but have a few stays in this year

    My deal is 66,000 total for a minimum of 15 nights. Set up an account for my wife who got 50,000 for a minimum of 4 nights… I’ve gone from thinking I’d switch my 2 stays a week from Hilton to thinking I’ll stay and just do some weekends under my wife’s account!

    • Worth pointing out though that the “3 brands” challenge will meet the fast track requirements, so only need another 7 nights to get to Plat.

  19. I was all up and ready to book my third brand hotel to be able to claim the bonus points and then…….aaaaaarghhhh!!!!

    Reading the T’s and C’s I’ve just realised I’m probably not going to qualify and it’s pretty annoying.
    Stay more and earn 4000pts says stay four nights, I would have 12 nights booked at various IHG brand hotels (HI,HIX,Crowne Plaza and Candlewood) in October but only one HIX stay is 3 nights. All the others are 1 or 2 nights but the TC’s appear to say the four nights must be at the same hotel.
    The story is the same for my offer of win a weekend, I have two consecutive Saturday stays but
    In different locations.
    Do you all think this is correct ? Also, any ideas of maybe a work around? There’s no way I can stay an extra night at the 3 nighter as I am booked on a flight home.

    • Hi Ian – can you post the T&Cs from your offer? My stay more offer is very clearly a total of 7 nights, there’s no minimum stay length per stay. If your offer is of the same format as mine then you’d be 3x over what was required with your 12 night.

      Similarly the Saturday stays sound absolutely fine – there’s no need for them to be in the same location.

      If you click on each of the offers in question and then click “View offer terms and conditions” and copy and paste them we can have a look and see, but on the face of it I think you’ll be absolutely fine 🙂

      • Win the weekend for 8000pts are:-
        Must be an IHG® Rewards Club member and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion. Number of bonus points or miles listed above will be awarded after required number of qualifying stays on Saturday nights have been consumed by the member between 1 September 2013 and 31 December 2013 (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 Saturday stay is defined as any stay with an unlimited number of nights having a Saturday night included within the stay period. If a stay is longer than 7 days, then the number of Saturdays that qualify is equivalent to the number of Saturday nights during that stay period.
        Stay more and earn more for 4000pts are:-
        ust be an IHG® Rewards Club member and must register member number in advance to participate in this promotion. Number of bonus points or miles listed above will be awarded after required number of qualifying room nights have been consumed by the member between 1 September 2013 and 31 December 2013 (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.
        My itinery is 2nts NYC,1 in PHL,1 IAD, 2 (inc a Sat) DCA, 1 Everett, 1 SEA, 1 SFO, 1 LAS, 3 LAX ( inc a Sat) so in fact 13 nts and 4 different brands.

        Hope this helps Alan 🙂

        Cheers Ian

        • Sorry forgot to add the requirements:-

          Stay 2 Saturday nights and the other is stay a total of four nights


        • Hi Ian

          All looks good to me – you should clear the 4 nights/2 Sat nights requirements easily! We’ll get a feel soon as to how quickly progress posts on the Big Win website one folk start having stays, but if any concerns then IHG have some reps answering questions on their Facebook page.



        • Thanks for your help Alan although to be sure I decided to ring IHG Rewards direct.
          The first agent didn’t fill me with confidence so I rang back a few minutes later. The second young lady wasn’t sure but called the Rewards dept and clarified the situation.
          Anyone who has the offer of stay two Saturdays please note that it doesn’t matter which Saturdays you stay but both Saturdays MUST be in the same hotel. Similarly, all other stay x no of nights offers, have the same restriction that it must be in any one single hotel. Annoying for me as 3 is the most I can do, maybe mattress run coming up in the UK!

        • Hi Ian

          Sorry but that sounds like they don’t have a clue what they’re talking about. There’s nothing in the T&Cs that state the same hotel is required. I certainly won’t be making stays in that manner and will be complaining right to the top if they don’t pay out! Sadly it’s a common feature of many schemes that the call centre staff know less about it that we do!

          If you still want something in writing then I’d put a query to Carolyn on their Facebook group – she seems more switched on and has been answering queries both on there and FlyerTalk.

        • Hi Alan

          Thanks for that, I don’t have Facebook but will try to contact Carolyn on FT. They were saying the T&Cs clearly state a stay is defined as one or consecutive nights at the same hotel, therefore 2 stays would have to be at the same one! I’m sure you can see why I’m confused.
          As it is, I get back in mid October so should have time to see if they post!



        • Yes, multiple consecutive nights at one property do indeed constitute a single stay, but (a) most of the challenges are for numbers of nights and (b) there’s nothing that says separate stays have to be at the same property. Basically they’re clueless and based on your previous posts re planned stay pattern I think you’ll be fine 😛

        • Here’s hoping 🙂

        • What Alan says. They are trying to say that if you stay Friday and Saturday at the same place on 2 different bookings, it only gets treated as 1 stay.

  20. Wonder if anyone can help with a quick query- I stayed at Hotel Indigo last Sunday as my first “big win” night- the stay showed on my IHG account today but is detailed as non-qualifying.
    It was a 2 night stay- one night with points and one with cash, and the cash rate was £120 so not massively discounted as far as I can tell- no F&F rate or anything like that involved.

    Any thoughts as to whether this is correct, or whether it might be that the hotel has merged the two bookings and the points redemption has take “priority”?



    • I suspect the two nights have been merged Rich. It happened to me a couple of years aging at the Hotel Indigo Liverpool. First, cheaper, night was paid for and second was a reward night. They merged the two bookings so I could stay in the same room but checked me out and billed me under the reward booking. Luckily I spotted it and sorted it out before i left but I imagine a call to IHG customer support will sort it out for you. My first ‘Big Win’ stay is next weekend.