How I earned 101,000 IHG Points worth 20 free nights with the Big Win!

I wrote previously about the awesome Big Win promotion that IHG brought back again for this quarter. My Big Win offer was for 74,000 points if I completed 6 stays with certain requirements.BigWin In the previous Big Win offer, I scored an amazing 132,000 points!  In my recent trip to China, I used 55,000 of those points to get 11 free Pointsbreak nights all at beautiful Crowne Plaza or Intercontinental Hotels. During my other nights I was strategic about where I stayed to help meet the requirements for the current Big Win offer.

3 of my free nights were in this beautiful Intercontinental room!
3 of my free nights were in this beautiful Intercontinental room!

Specifically, I stayed at 4 Holiday Inn Express with a cost of $46, $38, $34, and $75.  I also stayed at 2 Holiday Inns at a cost of $84 (this rate included breakfast) and $54.  These stays were all I needed to get the 74,000 Big Win!  China luckily has some pretty affordable room rates with the exchange rate which kept my total cost down.  I was able to stack several of the available promo codes which gave me at least 3000 for every stay. I was also able to get 6% cashback on some of the bookings by booking through

This Holiday Inn Express in Shanghai was still nice enough for me.
This Holiday Inn Express in Shanghai was still ok even at a cheaper rate.

So when all is said and done (not including pending cashback), I spent $331 and earned 101,000 points.  One way to look at this is I paid $0.003 per point(one third of a cent per point!), but since I received lodging each night that I needed, that isn’t completely accurate.  Since I will use these points for 5000 point a night rooms around the world, I like to think that I paid $331, received 6 nights worth of value, then they threw in another 20 free nights at Crowne Plaza or Intercontinental hotels for free!  How can you beat that?

This Big Win promotion has finished but make sure you keep coming back to our site to find out about the next one!  Another option if you have missed this is to just sign up for the Chase IHG Rewards Mastercard that includes 80,000 points as a sign up bonus.  This card is one of the select ones in our Easy Quarter Million program! You could use those for 16 free Pointsbreak nights!

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Author: John Butler

I live in Miami Beach but love travelling all over the world.