Here’s something you can put at the top of your “to do” list now that November 15 has passed: You can finally start mailing out those notecards you’ve been preparing over the past few weeks for the IHG Priceless Surprises promotion.
In case you missed it, two weeks ago Deals We Like discovered that you actually don’t have to complete any hotel stays to participate in Priceless Surprises. Instead, you can simply mail in the following information on a 3” x 5” card to receive a prize:
- Full name
- Complete mailing address
- Day and evening phone numbers
- Valid email address
- IHG member number
- The first six digits of your MasterCard
- Date of birth
To be clear, this isn’t a contest – you are guaranteed a prize of at least 500 IHG points for every card you mail in (up to 94). If you were to mail out 94 cards, that’s a minimum of 47,000 points for just $46.06 in postage. Considering 47,000 points is almost enough for a free night at a top-tier Category 9 IHG hotel like the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa, that’s pretty awesome. There are lots of other prizes available that make the tedious task of writing out 94 cards totally worth it:
- Priceless trips to New York City, Orlando or Paris
- One million IHG Rewards Club Points
- $50 prepaid MasterCard gift card
- A free night at any IHG hotel in the world
IHG has also added a grand prize to the mix: A 3-night stay in the InterContinental New York Times Square’s Penthouse Suite. That’s the same suite that’s been getting lots of attention after being featured in a One Direction video. After word got out of the video’s filming location, the $5,000 per night Penthouse Suite began selling out for weeks (those One Direction fans have deep pockets!). This is definitely a nice addition to an already fun promotion.
I’m not used to writing anything by hand anymore, let alone 94 cards. So I wrote out 8-10 cards per day until I hit 94. I didn’t think the post office was suddenly going to be super expedient, but just to be on the safe side (and avoid my hand cramping up from all that writing), I decided to hold off on mailing them out until this weekend, since the cards have to be received between November 15, 2015 – February 5, 2016.
As a reader cleverly pointed out, Stamps.com is offering $5 worth of free stamps to first-time customers, which reduces your out-of-pocket expense for this promotion further to $41.06. It’s just a $5 difference. But if you’re doing this for a spouse or more than one family member, the savings add up. Anyway, I look forward to seeing what sorts of prizes my 94 entries get me and I’d love to know what you end up with as well. Be sure to leave a comment when your winnings come in!
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