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Old Dec 22, 13, 1:56 pm   #301
 
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I'm going to try to get my Big Win Q1 2014 and also want to redeem my IHG free certificate within the next several months. I'm going to take a short trip to Vegas in Feb or March and want to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. I think award or certificate stays don't count toward Big Win, but my plan is for a 2-3 night stay, and redeeming my free night for 1 of the nights, and pay for the other night(s). Should I book a single stay and use my certificate to pay for 1 night, or should I book 2 separate stays for this trip (1 free, 1 paid)?

The second question is regarding the brands. For Big Win, I need 4 brands. On the IHG website, the Palazzo and Venetian are both "Intercontinental Alliance Resorts". Will this count as a regular Intercontinental hotel? Will it count as an IHG brand at all? I don't know what "alliance" means in this situation.
I'd book two separate stays.

Both the Palazzo and Venetian are IC, and paid stays will count as such.
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Old Dec 22, 13, 7:23 pm   #302
 
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2014 Offer:

Stay more and earn (10 nights) - 10,400
Start the day off right (1 Breakfast rate) 2,000
Change your view (3 Holiday Inns) 5,600
Survey - 100
Win big (Complete all 4 offers) - 18,000
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Total: 36,100 points

Strange that my net yield has greatly diminished from the 2013 Big Win, especially given that I was barely able to complete the 2013 promo with fewer stays and 3x the payoff.
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Old Dec 22, 13, 8:59 pm   #303
 
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similar unrealistic goals for me too

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2014 Offer:

Stay more and earn (10 nights) - 10,400
Start the day off right (1 Breakfast rate) 2,000
Change your view (3 Holiday Inns) 5,600
Survey - 100
Win big (Complete all 4 offers) - 18,000
---------------------------------------+
Total: 36,100 points

Strange that my net yield has greatly diminished from the 2013 Big Win, especially given that I was barely able to complete the 2013 promo with fewer stays and 3x the payoff.

Mine was very similar
last time this time
11 nights 24 nights
2 sat nights 2 sat nights
2 cities one was a challenge 3 holiday inns (normally stay at HIE

92000 61000

made the last one, not even going to try for this one, back to HH for me
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Old Dec 22, 13, 9:12 pm   #304
 
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Nobody's going to know for sure until next year, when stays start crediting...

We can only speculate. I suspect it might need to be different hotels, simply based on the fact that the city-based one needed to be different cities...
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Can't go with that answer - where is the IHG rep in all of this????
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Old Dec 22, 13, 9:19 pm   #305
 
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Can't go with that answer - where is the IHG rep in all of this????
Do you own a telephone?
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Old Dec 22, 13, 9:20 pm   #306
 
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Yep...
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Old Dec 22, 13, 9:22 pm   #307
 
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Yep...
Well this seems like something you need an answer to pretty urgently, why not phone them?
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Old Dec 22, 13, 9:29 pm   #308
 
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Oh no Santa - you will not make me call the IHG space aliens, rest assured of that. Nothing good comes from that.

It is just that sometimes -- the IHG rep (I believe her name is Carolyn) gives us this important information from time to time. So I thought I would put it out there. And let me assure you, I am quite relaxed. Merry Christmas! Let your heart be light!
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Old Dec 23, 13, 3:49 am   #309
 
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I think it is particularly bad form by IHG to ask UK members to take out a Credit Card in order to achieve their Big Win target. I think this is inappropriate.

I am also sure that many may even get rejected for the credit card if they applied making the whole thing actually impossible to achieve.
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Old Dec 23, 13, 3:51 am   #310
 
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Some advice 2014 Credit Card

My offer:

Stay a total of 27 nights and receive 17,200 POINTS

Stay at 3 different IHG® brands and receive 11,200 POINTS

Stay 2 Saturday nights and receive 4,800 POINTS

Complete a simple survey and receive 100 POINTS

Stay at 4 Holiday Inn Express® hotels and receive 6,400 POINTS

Get the Priority Club Rewards Black Visa, brought to you by IHG® Rewards Club, use it to book and pay for 1 stay and earn 20,000 points. 20,000 POINTS

Stay at 2 of the following locations and receive 9,600 POINTS

Complete 7 of your offers and receive 69,000 POINTS


My 2013 offer was for 118,000 and I will just make it with my last stay on the 30th.

To achieve 2014 I need to get the credit card which I think is very poor to encourage you to need to get a credit card to complete a challenge.

However you get 30,000 for your first purchase on the credit card, and I would get 87,000 points for completing that aspect of the challenge so if I applied make the purchase that's 117,000 points which I thought made it worth it until I seen the credit card had a £99 annual charge!!!!!! does anybody know if I applied make my purchase then cancelled within a month how much of the £99 I would owe? would It be pro rata?

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Old Dec 23, 13, 4:05 am   #311
 
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Visa

Sorry just realised I was looking at the Black Visa not the Visa there is no annual charge on the Visa - still terrible to make you apply for a credit card tho!
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Old Dec 23, 13, 4:54 am   #312
 
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However you get 30,000 for your first purchase on the credit card, and I would get 87,000 points for completing that aspect of the challenge so if I applied make the purchase that's 117,000 points which I thought made it worth it until I seen the credit card had a £99 annual charge!!!!!! does anybody know if I applied make my purchase then cancelled within a month how much of the £99 I would owe? would It be pro rata?

thanks
If you check Raffles' website (http://www.headforpoints.com) there was a link for 40,000 points when signing up to the black card, I'm not sure if it is still working though.

As for the £99 I'm not sure if it works pro-rata, you would need to check the small print for that one. I'd also imagine that you would need to keep the card until the points posted through on IHG and the Big Win site, recently it has been taking about four weeks for points to post from statement to IHG although if you search back this forum it's not too long ago it was taking up to three months for the points to transfer across.
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Old Dec 23, 13, 10:11 am   #313
 
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If you check Raffles' website (http://www.headforpoints.com) there was a link for 40,000 points when signing up to the black card, I'm not sure if it is still working though.

As for the £99 I'm not sure if it works pro-rata, you would need to check the small print for that one. I'd also imagine that you would need to keep the card until the points posted through on IHG and the Big Win site, recently it has been taking about four weeks for points to post from statement to IHG although if you search back this forum it's not too long ago it was taking up to three months for the points to transfer across.
It's still working in that it let me apply OK - if I don't get the 40k I've made sure I've taken screen shots and printouts of the page and will be challenging them on that front! Agree it's poor that they've made applying for and getting a CC a core component of Big Win - some folk have been let off (only needing 6/7 complete to still get the Big Win), but for the rest of us a full sweep is needed. Mind you if it works then I'll probably not go for the full Big Win and just take the 20k + 40k sign-up bonus. The £99 fee isn't pro-rated, although if you can get £10k spend onto the card in a year you'll get a free night certificate which helps a bit.
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Old Dec 23, 13, 12:02 pm   #314
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The difficult question is now what to do: Make a weekend trip or book for the run only and check in and run away!
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Old Dec 23, 13, 1:15 pm   #315
 
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It's still working in that it let me apply OK - if I don't get the 40k I've made sure I've taken screen shots and printouts of the page and will be challenging them on that front! Agree it's poor that they've made applying for and getting a CC a core component of Big Win - some folk have been let off (only needing 6/7 complete to still get the Big Win), but for the rest of us a full sweep is needed. Mind you if it works then I'll probably not go for the full Big Win and just take the 20k + 40k sign-up bonus. The £99 fee isn't pro-rated, although if you can get £10k spend onto the card in a year you'll get a free night certificate which helps a bit.
I've been thinking about the card as I also have this requirement for the big win.

The problem I see is that it's not clear if you can receive the normal sign up bonus (40K points) as well as the 20k as part of the big win. The reason I say this is that I have an application link on the big win web page - does this mean that you must apply via this link (therefore missing out on the other points) in order for your application to be tracked as part of the big win? How did you apply for the card?
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