Do you know David a.k.a. the Pudding Guy? I have met him at a number of frequent flyer events and he is just the nicest guy! He is humble and just loves to travel like most of us. Then again very few of us have a Wikipedia site set up about us or have been on the national news for collecting over a million miles for buying thousands of dollars of “Healthy Choice” pudding for the points promotion that was included.
And that segways me into the current, less costly and extravagant, IHG Mastercard promotion (be sure you register first before you do anything else). No you cannot get 1 million points from this one but a husband and wife can net almost 100,000, and have a shot at some amazing prizes, for under $120. Plus “enjoy” writer’s cramp and many hours burned up doing what was considered punishment in elementary school, that is, writing the same thing over and over and over by hand. Yeah, this is a little nuts but kinda fun too.
I learned about this craziness from my friend Jen at Deals we Like <-LINK (please, be sure to CAREFULLY follow the directions). Then many other bloggers started getting jazzed about the promo. When these folks get excited about something, I pay attention. So I started reading the T&C (and had my wife read them as well). That is when I really got it. I really like my IHG points for cheap, 5k Point Breaks night hotel rooms. They don’t have to be fancy as for me a hotel, when clean and functional, is the most important thing. My math tells me, for my efforts, I am getting almost 20 such nights for under $7 each. That works for me and my “travel math”.
But is there a catch? It can’t be this good and this simple? Well it is all about the details and the T&C. Keep in mind that in Pudding Guy’s situation Healthy Choice attempted to back out of the deal. And if you read the T&C of this IHG deal there are lots of “outs” for them to say your entry does not count. Since so many of us are blogging about this deal I think the amount of entries by mail will FAR overwhelm the ones running the promotion than expected. So we need to be careful not to end up with spending $120, our time and efforts for nothing. Not trying to dissuade you from jumping in on this deal, as Lisa & I are clearly “in”, but just know this could go sideways.
There are also some details few have talked about but in a nutshell every envelope with 3×5 card inside (94 max) you send gets you at least 500 IHG points. So, it is costing you about 64 cents each raw cost. I am not getting super picky here and I also got some 5x points for buying all my required supplies with my Chase INK card <-LINK at a Staples store near my home but you get the idea. This is a cheap way to make some points “guaranteed” (as long as they pay them out to us). They will do so by sending you, for each of the 94 cards, a link you can click for a chance to play in the promotion that will at least net you 500 points.
The only thing Jen leaves out in her outstanding directions is that the promotion T&C says you must include the first six digits of a “valid Mastercard”. Not 100% what it takes for a Mastercard to be “valid” but if you do hold an IHG Mastercard, I would use those numbers if I were you!
Next, you can also win some just amazing prizes but the T&C say they will be, in layman’s terms, spread out over the time period of the promotion. So, the way I read it, it would be better for you to either save and click a few of your links each week during the promotion (for max shot at big prizes) or mail the 94 entries in over time. I think I will send them all in at once and save at least half of my links to click over the next two months. That way I am locking in a chunk of points upfront and we will see what comes of the rest of them. Fun stuff!
So let me apologize that you may now have destroyed your weekend (and maybe your family’s as well) and will be stuck in front of the TV enduring elementary school punishment for the shot at “free” hotel points and maybe some big prizes as well! Oh, btw, if you don’t have the Chase IHG Mastercard you can get 60,000 points <–LINK for getting the travel card and spending $1000 on it. It is a card I hold year after year and pay the annual fee with joy as the perks are well worth cost to hold this card! – René