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  1. Becky
    Becky 26 August 2013 at 10:29 am |

    I’m in the same boat and have determined that my particular set of offers isn’t worth it. I’ll probably earn some of the points along the way, but definitely not all of them. Kudos to them for at least making it interesting.

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  2. Cogswell
    Cogswell 26 August 2013 at 11:38 am |

    Going out of your way to these fulfill these gimmicky offers is generally a terrible idea. You will end up spending so much more money (and time/effort!) than you would have otherwise.

    Furthermore, hotel points are massively overvalued to begin with due to:
    *devaluation risk
    *expiration/unused risk
    *illiquidity
    *limitations (can only use for one specific hotel chain, and often for limited dates)
    *cost of add-ons (when staying at a chain hotel, especially a high-end one, you will spend far more on add-ons such as parking, wifi, tips, food/drinks, etc than at a locally owned one)
    *time/effort to manage points
    *lack of earning potential (an equivalent amount of cash can be invested)
    *price anchoring (just because a hotel lists room at $800/night doesn’t mean it’s actually *worth* that – yet for some reason people consistently make this mistake when estimating the value of their points)

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  3. David G (@gster78)
    David G (@gster78) 26 August 2013 at 12:18 pm |

    I’m going for it. Though I can’t earn as many points as you do, my $/point comes out to be about the same. I’m all for high-end redemptions so even though this won’t be “free,” it’s still a great value for me. Plus, I tend to travel to Asia more, so IHGs there are properties I want to stay at.

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  4. Alan
    Alan 26 August 2013 at 4:31 pm |

    Wow I can’t earn half the points they’ve offered you (and that’s with 2 more nights required!) but IHG are cheaper where I’m going (there are TONS of them all over Europe) so I’ll probably go for it. By comparison the Marriott offer is of zero interest and we hardly have any Hyatts (and not that many Starwood). Wonder what Hilton will offer?

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  5. Charles
    Charles 27 August 2013 at 10:55 am |

    Not really worth it for me… my total would only be 77,600 points, but I have to do 9 nights for the one promo. I’m sitting on ~350k points, so not as much of an incentive for me, as you only need 5 nights and get double the points I would, much better deal for you.

    Here’s how my offer broke out:

    •Try one and done: Stay 1 night – 1000 points
    •Stay more & earn more: Stay 9 nights – 8,000 points
    •Explore our brands: 2 Brands – 12,000 points
    •Survey the win – 100 points
    •Book with us: Book 2 stays online – 4,000 points
    •Live the city life: Stay in 2 different big cities – 7,200 points
    •Win in a weekend: Stay 2 Saturday nights – 4,800 points
    •Spend it to win it – 1,500 points
    •Win big: Complete all 8 – 39,000 points

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  6. a. viguera (@viguera)
    a. viguera (@viguera) 27 August 2013 at 11:30 am |

    I think it might not be worth it, even with the potential windfall, unless you’re 100% sure that you’re going to hit all the goals at that price.

    Remember, IHG has had a couple of promos this year with bonuses for buying points, and you could have hauled 100k points for $575 with the one that ended yesterday.

    I think if you set off without a plan and spend $300-400 and get only 40k points because you didn’t complete the whole thing, it’s a terrible waste — unless it’s not your money or you had the stays planned anyway.

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  7. rb
    rb 27 August 2013 at 9:08 pm |

    can we use points stays to fulfill this promo?

    or do only paid stays count??

    thanks in advance

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  8. Mike B
    Mike B 28 August 2013 at 12:12 pm |

    Did you ever manage to confirm or rule out if Chicago is a valid city in the IHG Big Win promo?

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  9. JC
    JC 13 September 2013 at 3:55 pm |

    My set of offer tiles adds up to 78,600. Fortunately, due to business travel, I’ll only have to pay for either 1 or 2 stays out-of-pocket. THat makes my participation a no-brainer. Otherwise, I agree that it doesn’t make sense if you’re having to pay for all the stays yourself.

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