IHG Rewards Club offered me 90,000 odd points for completing their first 2014 Big Win Promotion by April 30. Since I loved the Intercontinental Fiji so much, and we have a number of trips planned early this year, I thought I’d give it a shot this time around.
Our first trip in 2014 is a bucket list beach vacation in Turks and Caicos that we booked with 66,000 British Airways Avios (transferred from American Express Membership Rewards with a 40% bonus) and $170 in international taxes (for both of us). On our return flight we were forced an overnight in Miami, so I thought we’d kick off our promo there.
I booked a Best Flexible Rate with Breakfast room at the Holiday Inn MIA Airport via the IHG website for $179+ tax (less $9 that I will get back using the Upromise Shoppig Portal). I paid more for that rate than I would have had I used Troy’s military discount or my AAA discount for that matter. But this reservation as-is will help me complete 4 out of the 15 tasks (staying 1/5 nights, 1 stay BFR w/ bfast rate, 1/2 booking through mobile device, and 1/2 stay at Holiday Inn hotels). Because of the IHG Visa I just received I’ll have Platinum Elite status too. Bring on the upgraded airport room! Anyway, I hope this turns out to be a good move and not just a waste of money. Will keep you posted I guess.
My IHG Big Win Promo Status
☐ Stay a total of 5 nights and earn 8,400 points (1/5)
☐ Stay at 3 different IHG brands and earn 17,600 points (1/3)
☑ Book 1 stays through the Best Flexible Rate with Breakfast and earn 2,000 points. (1 night at MIA $200)
☐ Stay 2 Saturday nights and earn 8,000 points
☐ Book 2 separate stays through an IHG® hotel website or mobile device to get our Best Price Guarantee and earn 1,900 points (1/2)
☐ Stay at 2 Holiday Inn® hotels and earn 8,000 points (1/2)
☐ Complete 6 of your offers and earn 46,000 points (1/6)
Also other codes will kick in from the miscellaneous promo codes that I’ve registered for. I don’t know that I”m going to be able to complete all 6 offers, but I do have a considerable amount of travel coming up this first quarter, so what the heck! We’ll see how it goes.
Upromise link is a referral link where I may earn money if you click through and shop via their portal.