IHG “Surprises” are Here!!


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Yesterday I wrote a post titled “Radio Silence for IHG’s Surprise Promotion” and included my experience with not receiving any prizes from the offer even though it had been more then 5 business days. With that being said, I just received 6 emails from IHG Rewards Club with the subject line: “You qualify for a Priceless Surprise®!”. I am extremely excited to see that the promotion is actually working like planned and prizes are being sent out!

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Even though I sent in 10 entry forms at the same exact time, I only received 6 emails. That either means there is a backlog getting to all of them still or for whatever reason some of my entries didn’t qualify and were thrown away. I am going to assume that the emails for the remaining 4 will come within the next few days.

As expected, I received 500 bonus points as prizes for all 6 entries. A few readers commented on prior posts that they received 1,000 bonus point prizes as well. The site says to check your email on how to redeem the points, but I cannot find any information. I just my IHG account and no 500 bonus points have been deposited, but I’ll keep on checking.

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For those wondering, I hand wrote all information required on a 3×5 unlined notecard and hand wrote the mailing address and return address on the envelope. I am sure within the next few hours we will receive reports on what worked/what did not work from other readers. If you have any success stories, please comment below letting others know what you did.

Ultimately, it looks like the minimum for 47,000 IHG bonus points will work for anyone that wants to put in the effort and a little bit of money (approx $50). You can also read more about this promotion on these two prior blog posts: 1) Spend $46 and Earn at Least 47,000 Points; and 2) Preparing for LOTS of IHG Points

What did you all win?!

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Prateek
Prateek
4 years ago

Lined 3X5 cards should not make a difference correct? I sent out 5 entries on the 18th, so will look forward to getting emails early next week.

Mariana
Mariana
4 years ago

sub

Antonio
Antonio
4 years ago

Great to hear! I sent all 94 of my entries in throughout the past 2 weeks. My wife’s entries will be spread more apart. Let’s see how it goes

Josh
Josh
4 years ago

I submitted around 15 and have yet to receive a single email. I staggered them a few days apart from each other just in case.

Mariana
Mariana
4 years ago

I sent all of mine at once but didn’t put a return address on the envelopes. Also did not include the R (for registered trademark) in the mailing address. I also put them in index cards. I hope those issues do not disqualify me. Have not received any email even though I sent them 11/15 and registered for the promo.

Nathan
Nathan
4 years ago

As a data point, I also sent in 10 cards and only got 6 e-mails.

John
John
4 years ago

I just received emails for 5 out of the 10 letters I sent (I hope my terrible penmanship didn’t prevent the other five from qualifying). Handwritten on 3×5 lined card, addressed handwritten with no return address.4 were 500 points, one was 2000!

K
K
4 years ago
Reply to  John

did you write on the lined side of the index card?

Also – did you use titles like these to fill out the info?

Name:
Address:
IHG#
MC#

Marlene
Marlene
4 years ago
Reply to  K

Finally yesterday received 29 emails! I probably sent around that many in my first batch, so I’m hoping for more.

I wrote on blank index cards, no labels. My penmanship is terrible.

Mark D.
Mark D.
4 years ago

I’d be interest to hear from anyone who used a non-IHG MasterCard as I don’t have one yet. I having a family member with no credit cards (bad credit) do this with a prepaid MC (gift card) to see if it works for them.

Christine Riggs
Christine Riggs
4 years ago

I sent in 90 entries ranging from 10 to 20 at a time (leaving 4 entries open for stays just in case). Hand written address (including the trademarks) but pre stamped return address labels. Used an unlined 3×5 card. Did not write the category headers (NAME, ADDRESS, etc.) except for IHG# and MC#. Wrote the same number twice for day and eve phone and used the first 6 of my IHG MC.

Received my first email today and won 500 points. Hopefully everyone’s will start trickling in.

Miles
4 years ago

Confirmed reader of my blog was awarded 2000 on his surprise – Spire Ambassador, maybe there is inherent advantage for premium status?

DaninMCI
DaninMCI
4 years ago

I sent in 30 on lined 3×5 cards and got 30 emails. All 500 points except the first one that was 1,000. I got all the emails at once btw.

Ben
Ben
4 years ago

I sent in half of the maximum entries (47) when you first reported on the promotion. This afternoon I got 43 emails – again, missing a few like you – and have had mostly 500 point rewards with a few 1,000 too (and I’ve only played the game ~20 times). Providing they credit to my IHG account correctly, the next 47 will be going in the mail next week!

Ron
Ron
4 years ago

subscribe

Kathy
Kathy
4 years ago

I used preprinted return address labels and then printed the to: labels. I did use index cards with lines. I mailed 30 in for me 20 for hubby. I just got 22 emails to my email address and most were 500 point winners and a few were 1000 winners. I got an error message when I tried to click through the game on the last two emails. Not sure why. Hubby hasn’t received his yet but I expect them to follow soon. I guess I better finish writing the rest of these index cards.

Carl P
Carl P
4 years ago

Danin – Did you have return address on envelope?

Chris P
Chris P
4 years ago

I sent in 94 a few weeks ago, all in one day. Just received 58 emails. I have only “played the game” to see what I earned twice so far, and while the first one said I won 500 point, the second one I opened up said “While you didn’t win this time. Complete another stay before February 15 for another chance to win. Now, send a Priceless Surprise link to friends!” Anyone else have this happen to them?!?

Judy Jones
Judy Jones
4 years ago

Did anyone get an email who printed the addresses on the envelope with a printer and did not have the (r) on them?

Kathy
Kathy
4 years ago
Reply to  Judy Jones

I didn’t use the R and I received the emails

Chris P
Chris P
4 years ago

Also, it seems to me (not that I’ve played 6 times) that all the 500 point “wins” come with a firework background. The one where I didn’t win anything showed a background of Paris instead, which made me get really excited for a moment – I thought I’d won a larger prize!

Marlene
Marlene
4 years ago

Nothing yet for me, but I was a couple days late. I will send out the last batch by this weekend. I might be “surprised” a lot over the next few weeks!
Wrote out the envelopes, didn’t bother return addressing the envelopes, and didn’t label the fields on my cards.

Chris P
Chris P
4 years ago

Other data points: I sent my 94 submissions on lined index cards, included the (r)’s in the address, and DID NOT INCLUDE A RETURN ADDRESS. I accidentally did a bunch of the cards “incorrectly” in the sense that for a bunch of them I initially forgot to put my email address on them. I added the email address to the bottom of them once I realized and the rest with the information in the proper “order,” so to speak. I wonder is this is why I’ve only gotten 58/94 emails, but I feel a bit reassured that other people haven’t… Read more »

Brenton
Brenton
4 years ago

I did all 94, mailed them in November 11th or 12th using a non-ihg MasterCard. I got 86 emails, 3-1000, 1-2000, 1-5000, all others were 500.

Chris P
Chris P
4 years ago
Reply to  Brenton

I did all 58 of the emails I’ve received and came out with: (2) 1,000 (1) 2,000 (1) 5,000, (2) NO POINTS, and all the rest 500.

FinnSailor
FinnSailor
4 years ago

I received two entries after 20+ have been mailed. i’m hopeful too. 3×5″ paper (not notecards), handwritten entry and address on envelopes.

500 miles “won” on each entry.

AG
AG
4 years ago

Submitted 20 entries. Received only 3 emails. Received 2 x 500 and 1 x 5000.

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

I got one of the emails this morning and “won” 500 points as expected. FYI to someone who asked above, I used a non-IHG MasterCard at time of submitting (four) entries by mail, having not yet received my IHG card. Seems the issuer doesn’t matter. FYI also that to the contest administrator’s credit, it didn’t matter than I jumped the gun and mailed the entries before the official opening of the entry acceptances (missed than in first reading of the rules). Some contests would have just pitched my entries but they obviously just kept mine in the pile until they… Read more »

Catherine
Catherine
4 years ago

I sent in 94 entries that first week but in 2 different loads. I received 66 emails today and won 500 points 61 times, 2 wins @ 2,000 points, and 3 wins @ 1,000 points for a total of 37,500 IHG points. It was super fun for all of us to pick numbers between 1 and 6. We were hoping for bigger prizes but this was great. Since I mailed them at different times, I’m still hoping to get more e-mails. How fun IHG. I am closer to the award I was hoping for. I have not yet received the… Read more »

Rick i
Rick i
4 years ago

Sent in 34 entries and bride sent in 24. We only have one email each. She got 500. I got 1k.

rusty
rusty
4 years ago

I used a ruled index card and used the back side that isn’t ruled. Still nothing yet but will update if that method works.

Carl P
Carl P
4 years ago

You can’t tell for sure what will get your entry kicked out, but at least some instances of all the below circumstances made it. Of course there are presumably PEOPLE reviewing these, so inconsistencies are possible. 3 by 5 paper (not index card) Ruled 3 by 5 index card Unruled 3 by 5 index cards Back of 3 by 5 ruled index cards No return address Return address label No ® in address Mailing labels It seems if you handwrite on some 3 by 5 paper (including index cards – ruled or otherwise) and presumably include the correct info, you’re… Read more »

Carl P
Carl P
4 years ago

Sorry. The back of the ruled index card is not confirmed, but these SEEM OK

3 by 5 paper (not index card)
Ruled 3 by 5 index card
Unruled 3 by 5 index cards
No return address
Return address label
No ® in address
Printed mailing labels

Nadine
Nadine
4 years ago

I just won 5k points! I have only played 3 so far got 500 on my other two. So excited. I sent 60 on and got about 55 entries today. I wrote everything out on 3×5 blank cards, hand wrote address and return label, but didn’t put the ® sign.

Jacob
Jacob
4 years ago

I did 3 right away. I got two 500 points and one $50 MasterCard code which apparently I will receive by email in 6-8 weeks.

Brandon
Brandon
4 years ago

I sent out 10 cards as a test but only received 2 e-mails today. I thought we would get 10 e-mails with “unique” links to the games like everyone is saying however after I played my two games (500 prize and 5,000 prize) I went back into the e-mail and clicked the same links again and I was able to play it over and over again and kept winning 500 points until around 10 games later it said I had no more available and to try to do an eligible stay by Feb 15. Maybe they inputted 10 games in only 2 e-mails but the link was the same??

Lyn
Lyn
4 years ago

I sent in 40, but 20 of them were accidentally mailed on Nov. 11 (before contest began). I received 25 emails today and received all 500 points except one 5,000 (that was exciting!), two 2,000 (also exciting) and 2 1,000. (So, some of the too-early entries apparently counted).

I used lined 3×5 cards (it’s easier to write on)
Did not include Registered trademark in address
Hand-wrote everything except used a return address label

Just started filling out more… after my hand cramps ended, it was fun seeing what I won. 20,500 points so far!

Tory
Tory
4 years ago

Mailed 25 entries on 11/13/15. Used lined index cards and neatly printed all the requested info.
I printed the mailing address then cut and taped it to the envelope.
I used pre printed return address labels.

I haven’t received ANY notices.

john
john
4 years ago

Sent in ten entries. Received 8 replies so far. Had one winner for 5000 and another for 2000. The remaining six were 500. Used unlined index cards.

Lori
Lori
4 years ago

My husband received 5 emails today–all 500 points except 1 $50 MasterCard win (he did have to enter his information, an email came immediately after , telling him the code would come to his email in 8-10 weeks).
I received 6 emails, all 500 points except for 1-5000 point win.

Jennifer
Jennifer
4 years ago

I filled out 50 and got them in the first day possible. Filled them out exactly as prescribed. Haven’t received any emails yet. Anybody else in the same boat?

Hari mehta
Hari mehta
4 years ago

Sub

Joseph
Joseph
4 years ago

I still haven’t received any yet :-/ I sent all of them in one push 🙁

I’ll update if I start getting any emails in.
If it does work, I’m going to start them for my wife!!!

**here’s to hope**

Matt
4 years ago

I used 3×5 index cards (lined) and handwrote those and handwrote the envelopes. I sent in 14… received 1 email Friday, so I’m hoping the other 13 are just backlogged and will come Monday.

I used the first 6 digits of the Citi Prestige card, which is 552479.

Allu
Allu
4 years ago

Does the MasterCard have to be in my name? I.e. owned by me?

Eric
Eric
4 years ago

what email address and subject line are they coming from? want to make sure gmail isn’t sending them to Spam or promotions folders where they get missed. thanks.

Steve
Steve
4 years ago
Reply to  Eric

Interested in this info as well.

Matt
4 years ago
Reply to  Eric

From: IHG Rewards Club [IHGRewardsClub@eprizepromotions.com (via bounce.eprizemail.com)]

Subject: You qualify for a Priceless Surprise®!

Catherine
Catherine
4 years ago
Reply to  Eric

Mine did go in my junk e-mail folder. Glad I checked.

Eric
Eric
4 years ago
Reply to  Catherine

which email provider? And Spam folder? Promotions folder? Trying to find where to look… haven’t gotten any yet.

Marlene
Marlene
4 years ago
Reply to  Eric

Me either, but I didn’t mail them first thing. I’m using gmail and so far nothing in any folder.

Ellen
Ellen
4 years ago
Reply to  Marlene

I haven’t rec’d a thing yet either and I sent them about a week into promotion….

Joe-SC1
Joe-SC1
4 years ago

Subscribe

k
k
4 years ago

sent in 10 on 11/15.. have not gotten any emails as of today.. anyone else on the same boat?…

Mariana
Mariana
4 years ago

I sent 94 the weekend before November 15. I had registered for the promotion prior to that. I still have not received one single email. I also sent my husband’s letters (all 94) the same weekend, and he only got 5 emails this past weekend. We both have gmail. I truly hope the emails come through, I am anxious to play!

Jessica C
Jessica C
4 years ago

I sent 20 in the first week of the promotion and still nothing. I hand wrote everything on the cards and envelopes.

k
k
4 years ago

i didn’t use index card i cut out 3×5 paper and wrote on them. i haven’t received ANY emails so far. sent on 11/15 and 11/23.. 10 each time….

Judy jones
Judy jones
4 years ago

No emails here yet either 🙁

Rom
Rom
4 years ago

Did you need to put title on each line?

Name:
Address:
Day Phone:
etc?

Richard
Richard
4 years ago

After nearly giving up hope, l received five emails today (for the five entries l sent on 11/17). Time to send more!

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