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IHG Rewards Club has announced a fall/winter 2015-2016 promotion in conjunction with MasterCard called Priceless Surprises. You can earn a bonus 1,000 IHG points for booking with any MasterCard and staying once between November 15, 2015 and February 15, 2016.
Register for the IHG Rewards Club Priceless Surprises promotion here
Here’s what was sent to Rewards Club members:
It’s time to reap your MasterCard® rewards. Register for the Priceless Surprises promotion and unlock something every time you stay*.
Earn 1,000 bonus points just for booking with your MasterCard & staying once between November 15th – February 15th.
Travel again, using your MasterCard, & you’ll have the chance to be surprised with more points, a free night or a once-in-a-lifetime experience at our top hotels in New York City, Orlando or Paris.
This promo will stack with any other promotions that IHG will be running during this extended promo period, so be sure to sign up and then use a MasterCard to pay for your upcoming IHG bookings. While 1,000 points is not a huge amount, it’s still worth about $7 (based on 5,000 points being $35) and can get you 20% of the way to a PointBreak night. Plus there is the opportunity to earn even more than that.
Beyond just points, there are also other prizes, including:
You could receive any of these Priceless Surprises®
- Paris Tennis Tournament Package
- Experience the trip of a lifetime in Paris, complete with airfare, hotel & car service.
- Trip to New York City
- Enjoy private ice skating, shopping & 3 nights at InterContinental Times Square.
- Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard® in Orlando
- Walk inside the ropes alongside PGA TOUR Pros. Stay & play a round of golf at Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Orange Lake Resort.
- Gift Card to Gilt.com
- Receive a $2,500 gift card to Gilt.com to indulge in fashion, furniture & fitness.
According to the fine print, it’s also possible to register for the contest without spending anything.
To enter without booking a stay, see Official Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Open only to MasterCard® individual and small business cardholders whose account was opened by a MasterCard customer financial institution before November 15, 2015 and is still active, who are legal permanent residents of the 50 United States (D.C) who are at least 21 years old and the age of majority at the time of entry, and who register for the Instant Win Game, and are enrolled in the IHG® Rewards Club program. Ends 2/29/16. To play and for Official Rules, including odds, alternate method of entry, and prize descriptions visit pricelesssurprises.ihg.com
Some intrepid bloggers & redditors have looked into the alternative methods for entering this contest, and by entering by mail the maximum amount of times (94), you could reasonably expect to win a total of between 23,000-40,000 IHG points. See the comments of both links for the full details as the original posts may not be accurate. Note that this math was done by others based on the probabilities of winning each prize, and would require an investment of time, supplies, and postage. Edit: 11/16/15: Deals We Like confirmed that every valid entry will receive a minimum of 500 IHG points, meaning that the maximum of 94 entries would result in at least 47,000 points. I still have some small fear that something will get changed if they get thousands of pieces of mail, so it’s up to you whether or not you want to spend hours + postage on that amount of points. Here are the full rules if you go that route:
Mail in Alternate Method of Entry: From November 15, 2015 to February 15, 2016: You can enter the Instant Win Game without completing a Qualifying Stay. However to be eligible for the chance to win prizes in section 9 below you are required to have an IHG Rewards Club account. If you do not have one, you can sign up for free by visiting http://www.ihg.com/rewardsclub/us/en/home and following the instructions. To enter without completing the minimum two Qualifying Stays, hand print your full name, complete mailing address, day and evening phone numbers, valid email address, member number, the first six (6) digits of your MasterCard and date of birth on a 3″ x 5″ piece of paper and mail it in an envelope with proper postage to “IHG and MasterCard® Priceless Surprises® Promotion,” c/o HelloWorld, Inc., P.O. Box 5996, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5996. Once your mail-in request is received, you will receive an email within five (5) business days from the Administrator inviting you to play the Game and you will receive one (1) Game play for each mail-in request. Limit: One (1) request per envelope. Once you receive an email inviting you to participate in the Game, click on the link found within the email and follow the links and instructions to play the Game. The Game results will be instantly displayed. Potential winners of the Game will be provided directions for validation. All potential winners are subject to verification before any prize will be awarded. Administrator is responsible for the functionality of the Instant Win Game. All mail-in entries must be handwritten and must be postmarked by February 15, 2016 and received by February 22, 2016. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned. Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for 308468.1 lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, misdirected or postage-due entries, which will be disqualified. All Game plays must be completed by March 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET
For those who will be entering, note that any MasterCard is eligible for this promotion. Of course, if you have the IHG Rewards Club Select MasterCard from Chase, you’ll be maximizing the Rewards Club points you can earn on any stays.
Be sure to register for the IHG Rewards Club Priceless Surprises promotion here