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Just a few minutes ago I wrote a blog post advertising a new IHG “surprise” promotion. This is an offer where you’ll earn a surprise offer after every stay starting with your second stay. While this is a great offer for those staying at IHG hotels often, there is actually a way to participate if you have zero intentions of staying with them!
I read the entire terms and conditions for the promotion, and you actually DO NOT HAVE TO STAY at an IHG hotel to be eligible for this offer! There is a Mail in Alternate Method of Entry! Here is a copy and paste directly from the terms:
“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.”
This means, all you have to do is send in 94 mailings and you are eligible for 94 prizes. While this might be quite annoying, it can really pay off well! To send in the 94 mailings (that is the maximum each individual is eligible for), it will cost you $46.06 for postage. The terms state that you are only allowed one entry per mailing, that is why you must do it 94 times. Even if you win the lowest prize value every single time (500 points per entry), that will still net you 47,000 points! And there is a definitely a chance that a few of those entries might earn you a bigger prize. I expect hand-writing 94 note cards and envelopes to take about an hour at most. Thanks to a reader for pointing out that each individual is only eligible to win at most 1 prize from the top giveaways and 5 prizes from the 2nd tier giveaway (free night, $50 Mastercard, 5,200, 2,000, or 1,000 points). It does not state a limit to the 500 points.
In my opinion, this is definitely worth it and something to do while watching TV tonight. I value 47,000 IHG points at around $235. So this is the minimum you’ll gain, but you could always potentially win one of the big prizes! Make sure to read this prior post to see all the prizes!