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Re: IHG/MC Priceless Surprises Promotion

Postby amexmember12 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:16 pm

50,500 from 91 entries, seems 3 got lost. So mailed another 3 to fill in for those.

Will go a long way in covering free nights for summer vacation as I hop around.

Hours worked weren't a concern, since I had nothing to do but sit and watch tv after i got bk to my hotel after work.
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Re: IHG/MC Priceless Surprises Promotion

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:21 pm

amexmember12 wrote:50,500 from 91 entries, seems 3 got lost. So mailed another 3 to fill in for those.

Will go a long way in covering free nights for summer vacation as I hop around.

Hours worked weren't a concern, since I had nothing to do but sit and watch tv after i got bk to my hotel after work.

Any thought of getting the Chase MC before the 5/24 rule goes universal (assuming the rumors are true)? Or you have enough recent Chase activity?
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Re: IHG/MC Priceless Surprises Promotion

Postby amexmember12 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:56 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:Any thought of getting the Chase MC before the 5/24 rule goes universal (assuming the rumors are true)? Or you have enough recent Chase activity?


I think my Chase Marriott was my 5/6th one in that 5/24 rule. Fortunately I have gotten all the Chase cards I wanted, the others I won't be able to use much for either work or personal (outside of sign up bonuses). I just noticed that they bump my Marriott Card up by $1K, haven't gotten any notices about it either. :cool:

In regards to the Chase MC (I assume that's what you meant), I rarely fly united to make use of it. My company books airfare through a travel agency, which bills the company's account. Plus their preferred airlines are AA and Delta, and living by Delta's main hub (ATL) all my flights end up being Delta.

The upside is that we get to choose our hotels (and everything else) - which most of the time end up being Marriott or Hilton brands.

Edit: Speak of the devil - they just sent me an offer for the MC 50K miles after $2K spend

How about you? Any Chase applications for you?
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Re: IHG/MC Priceless Surprises Promotion

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:02 pm

I meant the Chase IHG MasterCard.

The current bonus is sub-optimal, but it can be a great value for IHG customers, particularly for the free night.

The earn rate isn't great for everyday spending.

I'm not sure what I'll app for next. Citi Hilton Reserve is an option.
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Re: IHG/MC Priceless Surprises Promotion

Postby amexmember12 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:10 pm

Yea the sign up bonus is not as appealing to me either. I looked at it and thought maybe - my bro is a IHG fan so will prob recommend it to him in the meantime. The free night can definitely pay for itself if you can redeem it for one of the higher end hotels.

In the meantime I'll just use the 50K points for a night or two instead of my Hilton/Marriott points. Hopefully my 3 additional envelopes give me a big haul.

So any plans for you 54K worth of points?

I thought about the Reserve but currently using my CSP to pay for my non-Marriott stays, but then I would be spreading myself/rewards thin.
CSR $24K | Discover IT $22.9K | AMEX BCE $15K | AMEX EveryDay $12.9K | Marriott Premier - $11K | Delta Platinum $10K | Freedom $6.5K | Freedom $6K | BOA Travel Rewards - $2.7K | AMEX Premier Gold

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Re: IHG/MC Priceless Surprises Promotion

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:26 pm

amexmember12 wrote:Yea the sign up bonus is not as appealing to me either. I looked at it and thought maybe - my bro is a IHG fan so will prob recommend it to him in the meantime. The free night can definitely pay for itself if you can redeem it for one of the higher end hotels.

In the meantime I'll just use the 50K points for a night or two instead of my Hilton/Marriott points. Hopefully my 3 additional envelopes give me a big haul.

So any plans for you 54K worth of points?

I thought about the Reserve but currently using my CSP to pay for my non-Marriott stays, but then I would be spreading myself/rewards thin.

No specific plans in the near future. I've been able to get reasonably low cash prices lately, and don't want to throw the points away.

Hilton Reserve would be a one-year-only bonus card for me.
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Re: IHG/MC Priceless Surprises Promotion

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:22 pm

Just redeemed some for 2 cpp*. :D

(Conventional valuations are around 0.8 cpp.)

*And possibly more than that, if the points + cash rate rebates me on my gross (instead of net) points spent. A points + cash redemption seems to involve spending the full amount of points, and then buying points as part of a separate transaction.
Wallet: Prestige CSP SchwabPlat Freedom It Hyatt SallieMae AAPlat
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Re: IHG/MC Priceless Surprises Promotion

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:24 pm

It's back...but severely nerfed...and IMO not worth bothering with this year (unless you're staying, anyway).

Critically, they have taken away the small prizes (500/1000/2000/5000 points). Either you win one of the 115 medium or big prizes, or you get absolutely nothing.

And you can't do a mass mailing. You have to either complete stays or go to a website and watch a short video to enter...but you can only enter once per day. That would mean watching the same short video every day without even a modest guaranteed return.
Wallet: Prestige CSP SchwabPlat Freedom It Hyatt SallieMae AAPlat
SD: Arrival BrooksBros BCE ED IHG
Letting new accounts cool off since May
Really not sure what I'll add next or when



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