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Yesterday I wrote a little bit about the IHG Priceless Surprises promotion, which has been going on for a few months now.  I, like many of you, dutifully filled out 94 index cards and 94 envelopes and mailed them in, with the idea that we would win at LEAST 500 points per entry (or a minimum of 47,000 points total) – SEE ALSO: 100,000 hotel points for a few hours work


Well, technically it wasn’t ALL me – my minions also were put to work 🙂

Anyways, it’s been a little over a month, and I have so far received a grand total of nada, leading me to wonder: When should I be worried about my 94 envelopes?

Readers to the rescue

Monday’s post was pretty popular, with over 50 people commenting, and many readers chiming in with their experiences.  Some had already gotten all their emails, others had not gotten any, and some people had gotten only SOME of their entries.  Here were a few themes that I saw

  • Originally it looked like all the emails were coming in on Wednesdays, but then some people commented that they received some
  • If you haven’t sent in all your letters yet, some people suggested not sending in them all at once (like I did).  The words “fiery USPS crash” were mentioned…. 🙂

Can you “not win”?!?

ihg-priceless-surprises-fiascoOne of the beautys of this game is that everyone was guaranteed to win at least 500 points with EACH entry.  So your 94 entries should be worth at least 47,000 points (and possibly more if you win any of the larger prizes).  But a few readers posted some disturbing experiences

I just received 2 more emails last night. When I “choose my floor”, I get the message “Sorry, you didn’t win this time”. This is approximately 3 “Sorry you didn’t win” messages out of the 10 or so that I have received back.


I received 35 today and did not win anything on any of them. When you read the terms, it says you will win 500 per 15 plays on average. This is very disappointing since I thought we were supposed to win a minimum of 500 per entry

This was not in accordance with my understanding of how the Priceless Surprises promotion.  Thankfully we apparently got the answer to that a little later in the day, when a commenter wrote in to say:

“Thank you for your participation in the IHG and MasterCard® Priceless Surprises® Promotion! It appears that you may have accidentally received a message that you did not win when you played the game today. Please be assured that you have won the following prize:

500 IHG Rewards Club Points

Our system indicates that you should have won this prize 2 times, for a total of 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points.

We apologize for any miscommunication with the promotion and thank you for your continued support of the Priceless Surprises promotion.”

So it looks like even if it told you that you didn’t win, you still did 🙂

How many emails?

It also looks like the emails come in with the exact same link.  So while you might get 94 emails, each email is exactly the same, with the exact same link.  There have been reports of people being able to play the game multiple times more than the number of emails that they actually received

The link is the same on each of an individual’s emails. I hope everybody is trying an “extra hit” of the link. As states before I played 35 times when I just got one email. I never did get the other emails.

How about you?  Have you gotten your IHG Priceless Surprises emails?  What have you won?


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