My apologies, I interpreted the IHG/ANA match improperly

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A quick heads up on a post I wrote roughly a week ago where I intimated I had matched to ANA Platinum from IHG. I had gotten overly excited when I saw the announcement and mistakenly assumed a couple of things about the targeted offer. One, that you needed IHG status to try and match, and second that when I got notice I had matched, it was certain. In fact,  you don’t need IHG status to try and match, and second, while I did get notice that I had matched, so did everyone else, and it isn’t certain.  I should have crossed my “t”s and dotted my “i”s, but alas, I didn’t.  More than likely, by sheer volume, this deal won’t go through, but we can keep our fingers crossed. My apologies if there was any confusion, and worse yet, if anyone felt deceived by the post. The original post has been amended, and honestly I still think it’s worth a shot if by some miracle it goes through.

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  • […] Updated: According to data from DOC this appears to be working for everyone with an IHG account. It was my initial impression you needed some sort of status to match, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Will keep you updated. […]

  • ken May 22, 2018

    where do you check your ana status? I have been watching my account but I cannot find a place to check my status on ana.co.jp

  • Lilly May 22, 2018

    I salute you for writing this, you are always so honest and open and I really love reading MM! It’s unusual to find your fun style of writing whilst also getting such educational content. Thanks!

  • Ryan May 22, 2018

    IHG does have some history of shutting down accounts over similar incidents, so there is a small, but non-zero, risk of registering when you weren’t actually targeted.

  • DaninMCI May 22, 2018

    It does seem too good to be true. At least there should be safety in numbers as IHG or ANA is unlikely to shut down tons of accounts for trying.

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