This is an incredible offer to earn at least 47,000 points for a few hours of work and $49 for stamps and supplies. IHG and MasterCard have come together to offer this Priceless Surprises promotion with various prizes from a simple 500 bonus points to the trip of a lifetime in Paris, complete with airfare, hotel & car service. I have earned 500 points 79 times, 1K points 3 times, 2K points 1 time, and 5K points 1 time for 49,500 total points through 84 plays. Keep reading for step by step instructions on how to do this.
What can 49,500 points get you? If you’re looking for luxury, a stay at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square is 50K points. However, a stay at a Candlewood Suites in Indianapolis or Holiday Inn Express in London, Ohio is only 10K points. If you combine this promotion with IHG PointBreaks, you can earn nearly 10 hotel stays. We are taking a road trip to Denver over Spring Break in April and are planning on utilizing this. There are a few possibilities for us to stay halfway such as the Holiday Inn Express in Vermillion, South Dakota for only 5K points. This hotel carries a $145 nightly price tag. For only 5,000 points of 49,500, I am already saving $96 ($145-$49) and could possibly get 9 more hotel stays for free!
I am also hopeful that the Summer 2016 PointBreaks will include properties in Doha, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, or Tokyo as we will have overnights in those four cities as we transit and explore the cities for 23 hours (reward miles trick) en route to other places. Maybe we’ll get lucky and get a stay at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi ($150/night or 35K points) or the famous InterContinental Hong Kong ($360/night or 50K points) for only 5,000 points.
The main way to enter is to complete a qualifying stay at an IHG location, but once you look into the CAMPAIGN OFFICIAL RULES, you can enter without paying for anything except a postage stamp. In section 6. The Game: How to Enter part b. Mail in Alternate Method of Entry, it states that you can mail in up to 94 handwritten entries. That’s right, instead of paying ~$100 for a hotel stay, you can simply take 2-3 minutes of time to write in an entry to receive a promotional entry. And you can do this 94 times! The entries must be HANDWRITTEN, postmarked by February 15th, and received by February 22nd.
Step 1. You must have a MasterCard. This does NOT have to be an IHG branded MasterCard. I used my CITI AAdvantage MasterCard.
Step 2. Open up a FREE IHG Rewards Club account. If you ever stay at Holiday Inns or any other IHG hotel, you should have one of these anyway. Simply go to IHG.com and click on “Join” in the upper right hand corner by the IHG Rewards Club icon.
Step 3. Enter the IHG Rewards Club and MasterCard Priceless Surprises promotion. To do this, go to IHG Rewards Club Offers and click on Priceless Surprises Begin Here. Then, sign in using your IHG account. Now you’re ready!
Step 4. Fill out the entries. The entries must be handwritten on a 3×5 piece of paper and include a few pieces of information. I picked up 100 3×5 index cards at the Family Dollar for $0.65. I filled out 94 of them to get the maximum number of entries. The entries must include the following:
- Full name
- Complete mailing address
- Day phone number
- Night phone number
- Valid email address
- IHG member number
- The first eight (8) digits of your MasterCard
- Date of birth
Step 5. Fill out the envelopes. I bought two packs of 80 envelopes for $1 each. The entries must be handwritten, but the envelopes can be printed. I printed labels with our return address and addressed the envelopes to “IHG and MasterCard® Priceless Surprises® Promotion,” c/o HelloWorld, Inc., P.O. Box 5996, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5996.
Step 6. Stamps! A roll of 100 stamps at Meijer cost $49. I considered buying stamps off eBay to save a few bucks, but ultimately decided I didn’t want to wait a few days for them to come in.
Step 7. Mail them in and wait. Within a week, I began receiving emails from IHG Rewards Club ePrize Promotions. I only received 1 to begin with, but the next day I received 83 more. I’m hopeful that I will still receive 10 more, but even if I don’t, I’m happy about my winnings and will be filling out 94 more entries for Skye later today.
Step 8. Click on the link in the email. Press play. Choose a floor on the elevator (1-6) and watch the elevator door open with your prize.
Note: You only have one unique link per account so you can continue clicking on the same link until all of your plays are up. You don’t need to click through each email. Also, some people have stated that they only receive one email, but can play multiple entries through the one email. This means continue playing until you get this picture…
Do you plan on entering Priceless Surprises? How would you use ~50,000 points? What is the top IHG location that you’d like to see added to PointBreaks?