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About 46,000 IHG/Holiday Inn points for about $50 in mailing supplies (MasterCard and tolerance for tedium required)

beachmouse 568 469 December 20, 2015 at 11:32 AM in Computers (6)
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Regardless of how you value them, the points are worth somewhere between $350 (if you purchase them outright) and $500+ (if you wait to redeem until you're getting a penny a point or better redemption rate)

The deal- The 'Priceless Surprises' promotion between IHG and Mastercard gives you a game piece for each paid stay between November 15 and, I think March 1 or something. There's about a 98% chance that each game piece will generate a 500 point reward (value $3.50-$5.00) or better.

The 'hack' is that you're allowed to do up to 94 Alternate Method of Entry entries, which is mailing a 3x5 card to a Hello World PO Box in Kalamazoo, MI. And then they send your electronic game pice back to you after a few weeks (was supposed to be 5 business days, but the travel bloggers read the rules early and kind of crashed the system.


The Priceless Surprises web site:

http://www.ihg.com/hotels/us/en/g...ssurprises

Note that you must sign up for the IHG Rewards program and then additionally sign up for the Priceless Surprises promotion for this to work

Rules including AMOE instructions here- while preprinted envelopes seem to be okay, note that the entry cards themselves are supposed to be handwritten:

http://ihg.promo.eprize.com/price.../rules.pdf

I'm supposed to get 13K oints in my account in a few days for the first 20 entries I mailed in around Thanksgiving

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Can you clarify? You can mail in up to 94 entries to get 94 game pieces or entries via email. Is that correct? Thanks!
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For the AMOE, you have to send in snail mail, and then the fufillment company (Hello World) will process the snail mail entry and send you a game piece to the e-mail address you provided on your entry card.

If you actually stay at one of their hotels during the contest period, you don't need to do the snail mail- then Hello World gets your e-mail address from the IHG database and sends your electronic game piece to you that way.
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Since you have to place it in an envelope do you have to pay the postal price of a letter rather than a post card?
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some odds are better then others..but if u want 500 pts per entry...this isn't a bad way to get em..
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Quote from mortar235 View Post :
Since you have to place it in an envelope do you have to pay the postal price of a letter rather than a post card?
Yeah- standard Forever stamp (or metered equivalent if you've got one of those)
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I have mailed off a bunch and not heard back but it seems they are way behind
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The OP calculated 94 entries * 500pts = 46k, but it's slightly worse than that.

Given the odds in the table, the expected payout is
500÷2.18 + 1000÷15.29 + 2000÷29.57 + 5000÷43.86 = 476.4 pts per entry,
for ~44,780 points total.

I'm still in though!
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The OP calculated 94 entries * 500pts = 46k, but it's slightly worse than that.

Given the odds in the table, the expected payout is
500?2.18 + 1000?15.29 + 2000?29.57 + 5000?43.86 = 476.4 pts per entry,
for ~44,780 points total.

I'm still in though!
so far i'm 16 in...and won at least 500 each..so the likely hood of winning 500pt each time is pretty high...
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My first 20 entries credit to my account-

1x5000
2x2000
1x1000
15x500
1x 'sorry, you didn't win anything'

Am slightly annoyed to already have 4 out of the 5 allowed group B prizes when the really good one from that group is the 'one free night' certificate. The only other way you can get a free night out of a group B prize is getting the 5K and then finding a points break to use it on.
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This'll be a huge help to my family this spring. Thanks!
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Just note that Hello World is the company running the promotion and, as the folks in the My Coke Rewards program will tell you, they often are quite slow to get prizes sent out. They've already tended to miss original deadlines for a couple of weeks for this one. You'll get your points in the end, but summer vacation is a better bet than a spring break redemption.
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Do you have to have the IHG Master Card?

I had one with a reward account but still have another Master Card (just not an IHG Master Card)

My wife still has an IHG CC and reward account so she should be good to go.

Could I do this offer and her?
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you have to have what... and when do this end...
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Quote from beachmouse View Post :
Just note that Hello World is the company running the promotion and, as the folks in the My Coke Rewards program will tell you, they often are quite slow to get prizes sent out. They've already tended to miss original deadlines for a couple of weeks for this one. You'll get your points in the end, but summer vacation is a better bet than a spring break redemption.
Can I use ruled Index card (3x5) or do I need to use plain paper? Also in address format, Can I use abbreviation such as "ave", "blvd"?

Thanks a lot
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