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I’ve seen a few posts about this already, but wanted to report on the IHG Priceless Surprises promotion.  The actual promotion, as apparently intended, is nothing special – for each stay at an IHG property, you can earn 500 points (or more).

But buried in the official rules was the fact that you could MAIL IN 94 envelopes, with each one good for one entry.  The entries will get you an entry where you will win AT LEAST 500 points, with the chance to win more (1 commenter I saw has already won 1 of the 2 million point prizes)

Some posts on the subject

How to get your points

First, and most importantly, you MUST REGISTER for the IHG Priceless Surprises promotion!  You’ll also need to make sure that you have an IHG account.

Then, on a 3 x 5 piece of paper, handwrite the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Complete Mailing Address
  • Day Phone Number
  • Evening Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • IHG Number
  • First 6 Digits of MasterCard
  • Date of Birth

We used blank 3×5 index cards.  Mail the index card to IHG and MasterCard® Priceless Surprises® Promotion, c/o HelloWorld, Inc., P.O. Box 5996, Kalamazoo, MI 49003-5996

I’ve read of people that used address labels instead of handwriting the address, but personally we hand-wrote everything, just to be safe.

The full terms and conditions are here.

Here are a few pics of my “minions” writing our 188 index cards and envelopes, assembly-line style.  We did 188 – 94 for me and 94 for my wife.  I considered opening up accounts for each of my 6 kids and doing it, but you do technically have to be at least 21 years old, so for now we’ve stopped at 2.



Or… if you’re lazy

If you want the points but don’t want to put forth the effort hand writing envelopes, some entrepreneurs have come up with a system where they will fill out the index cards and envelopes for you.  The service costs $136, which is about $50 in materials and $90 in labor.  You can see this View from the Wing post for more information.

We just sent in our envelopes over the weekend, so I’ll look for a bunch of emails in a few weeks.  People that sent their envelopes in on the first day of the promotion (November 15th) have already started receiving promotional emails.  The contest runs through March 15th, but mail-in entries must be postmarked by February 15th and received by February 22nd.

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