You’ve probably heard by now of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) promotion, “Priceless Surprises”. You can get surprise points per stays, or just by mailing in a handwritten postcard when you’re part of IHG Rewards Club and have a Mastercard. The latter is the interesting part.
You can mail in up to 94 entries per IHG account until February 15, 2016 and you’re guaranteed to win at least 500 pints per entry. That means a total of at least 47,000 IHG points at a cost of about $50 (stamps, envelopes, co-pay for hand cramps). See official rules here.
Today there’s reports on reddit, May in the comments below, and other places that people are receiving emails for their entries, but get a message saying that they’re not winners. “Play again daily. 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!“. Entries until now have always earned a minimum of 500 points as expected so this is troubling.
Maybe there’s a daily limit that’s being reached with more people jumping in and receiving emails now. Or people sending in second batches after testing the waters first. Maybe there’s a total limit on points, which wasn’t noted on the terms of the promo. If you get the same message, then you should probably give up for the day and try again tomorrow.
I’m still waiting for about half of my emails so I hope I didn’t waste my time.
As always, you should jump on these deals early. And maybe I should listen to my own advice.