Earn 47k+ IHG points without staying in a hotel once with IHG Surprises

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IHG is full of surprises here lately…heh, heh, heh.

First they announce a great promotion whereby current IHG members can earn 50000+  bonus points with Accelerate and new members can earn a FREE NIGHT for EVERY TWO nights.

That is just ridiculous. If you haven’t signed up for that promotion…do it here.

The IHG family

THEN, IHG announced some amazing point breaks ( 5k a night) and I booked a trip to Egypt because of it. SAY WHAT??!??!??!

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NOW, IHG has gone and done it again with Priceless Surprises.

By the end of it, you could be staying at the Intercontinental Sydney…FAH FREE

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Priceless Surprises targets those members who hold an IHG credit card. We’ve talked about this before, people…if you don’t have one of these cards you’re missing out on a very valuable credit card. Namely, the annual free night at any IHG property in the world for $49/year annual fee.  The intention of the promotion is to encourage members to register and then whenever they stay at a IHG property, they will earn a surprise bonus on their stay. IHG is really bending over backwards to attract existing and new members to increase their stays at the hotel. What’s even better is that this promotion is stackable to the Accelerate promotion, meaning you can earn both bonus opportunities concurrently. YEAAAAHHHH!!!!!! WE LOVE STACKABLE.


Priceless Promotions

Here are the deets

  1. Like all promotions, YOU MUST REGISTER. Do it here
  2. It begins on November 15th
  3. YOU MUST, AGAIN YOU MUST hold an IHG Credit Card before Nov 15th – if you don’t have one….search for the 80k offer. It is floating around out there. If you can’t find it…here is the normal 60k link.
    • Try looking in your account after you’ve logged in…
  4. 94 times!!!! 94 TIMES you can earn a surprise bonus. These bonuses start at 500 points. That’s 47k minimum
  5. You don’t even need to stay!!!!!!

Let’s take a look at 5 a little more closely. YOU DON’T NEED TO STAY!!!

  • If you’d like to read the official rules…go here
  • But I’m going to go through some of the basics…
Mail in rules for IHG Priceless Surprises
Mail in rules for IHG Priceless Surprises

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As you can see here…you can mail in individual entries, up to 94, to win the prizes…starting at 500 points. There are surprise trips to Paris, New York, and even a couple Million point prizes. If you’d like to see the entire list please go here.

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So by mailing in…if we just played the odds

  • 5000×2
  • 2000×3
  • 1000×6
  • 500×83

That’s 63,500 if the odds are just normal. If you get crap odds…47k and who knows… you might be going to Paris and have over a million more points in your account. Lemme know how you fair in this excellent promotion. I’ll be sitting in front of my TV watching Miles practice his dexterity with a pen and paper writing in entries =)



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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card


The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based. 

Welcome Offer

60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months

Annual Fee


Points Earned

Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards

If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners

Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.

  • 3x on dining
    •  including eligible delivery services for takeout
  • 3x on select streaming services
  • 3x on online grocery purchases
    • (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
  • 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
  • $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
    • The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
  • 10% Anniversary Bonus
    • Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
  • Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
  • Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
    • Primary rental car coverage is my favorite

We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.

Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.

Main Cast: 

Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.

Supporting Cast:

Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on. 

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