In January, I wrote about a great way to stack IHG offers to earn approximately 110,000 points per person. One part of this equation was participating in IHG's Priceless Surprises Sweepstakes Promotion, which involved mailing in up to 94 entries. These entries would earn a minimum of 500 points each, sometimes more, which meant that each person could earn at least 47,000 points. Here, I will discuss how the promotion turned out for us and what you can do if you did not receive all of your 94 game-plays.
Breaking down our haul of IHG Priceless Surprises points earned
Trevor's Total: 69 of 94 entries were recorded for a total of 37,000 points
- 5,000 points were earned through 5 entries that received 1,000 points each.
- 32,000 points were earned through the remaining 64 entries that received only the minimum of 500 points.
Johanna's Total: 82 of 94 entries were recorded for a total of 57,500 points
- 19,000 points were earned through 5 entries that received more than the minimum 500 points (3x5,000 + 2x2,000).
- 38,500 points were earned through the remaining 77 entries that received only the minimum of 500 points.
Trying to claim our missing entries
Like us, many participants in this promotion did not receive the full 94 game-plays despite sending in 94 entries. We have put out feelers in several directions to correct this (emailed HelloWorld and messaged IHG on Facebook), using tips from others who have had success getting the rest of their game-plays after contacting IHG or HelloWord (the promotion management company). Here is a link to the reddit post we are using to seek out those missing entries.
If we are successful, we will earn an additional 18,500 IHG points, which would bring our haul to 113,000 total points and I will be sure to update this post with any useful information.
The bottom line
In total, we earned 94,500 IHG points, which is very close to what we thought we'd earn, although the circumstances are different. Johanna did very well with three 5,000-point entries, which helped to pick up the slack from the missing entries.
My guess is that we probably won't see anymore points from this promotion, but at an out-of-pocket cost of approximately $110 for 94,500 points (0.116 cents per point earned), I still feel it was worthwhile.
For example, we'll be staying at Hotel Indigo Alexanderplatz in Berlin for three nights this summer at 20,000 IHG points per night instead of $150 per night. In essence, we "bought" 20,000 points for $23.28 (0.116x20,000) so we could stay at this great hotel for 85% off retail. Instead of paying $450 to the hotel for our three-night stay, we paid $70-worth of postage fees to the USPS.