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En Route to Costa Rica

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We got the green light!

Had to make sure a few things lined up, but I’m happy to say we’re planning our first international jaunt of 2017.  We’ll be flying down to Costa Rica for a few days in April, just at the end of the dry season!

Hopefully by then we’ll have more trips planned too, but this is all we have on the calendar so far, so I’m extra stoked for this one.  We’re going to try and squeeze another international trip in towards the end of the year if we have time, and I’ve got a few shorter domestic trips on the list for 2017 too.

Costa Rica, here we come!

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Make Sure Your IHG Points Don’t Expire!

InterContinental Hotels Group includes Holiday Inn, InterContinental (obviously), Hotel Indigo, the Candlewood Suites, and quite a few other brands.  With their worldwide network and range of brands, I like having a pile of IHG points in my portfolio.  Of course, I earned all of these with the IHG Priceless Surprises Promotion earlier this year.  I filled out 94 notecards for my girlfriend, and 94 for me, and we raked in a total of 102,000 IHG points between the two accounts!  Although I suffered a bit of a writing cramp, the time was well worth it to have all those points!

Now, we haven’t actually stayed at IHG all that often since then.  While in Chicago, I did book a Holiday Inn through my account, which kept my points active.  On the GF’s account?  I got an email from AwardWallet the other day, her points will expire in February 2017.

We have plenty of time before they expire, but I thought I’d cross it off my To Do List early, and write up a little post for you on this cold Sunday evening.

I mean, I don’t have anything better to do…

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IHG Priceless Surprises Promotion

A while back, I posted about the IHG Priceless Surprises Promotion.  This was a popular promotion, so I wanted to provide an update on the whole process.

Drum roll please…

Mt total haul was 55,500 IHG points!  The promotion was definitely worth it, and I plan on using the points for a few weekend trips coming up, and I’ll save a handful for next year.  With plenty of locations and redemption levels, I like having some IHG points in my arsenal.

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Inbox (5): an Update on the IHG Promotion

Well, would you look at that!  I actually got some emails yesterday.  Five emails for five plays, not too bad!

I wanted to update everyone on the IHG Priceless Surprises Promotion now, so that you still have time to submit entries before February 15th if you want to.

I mailed my first 10 entries on January 23rd, and just got 5 emails (which resulted in 5 plays) yesterday, February 3rd.  So far I’ve already earned 3,000 IHG points!  After I receive all my emails, I’ll be analyzing the trends and reporting to back to you.

In short, 3,000 IHG points at current valuations of around $0.007, I’ve won about $21 worth of points already!  Of course, this is a very rough estimate, but I’ve only used about 5.3% of my entries, which means there’s plenty of room for more!

But for now, there’s still time for you!  I know I’ll be sharing these tips with a few friends that might be interested, too.  A few free hotel nights?  Why not!  Be sure to read the official rules, and my previous post explaining some of the information in more relaxed terms.

Good luck!

IHG Priceless Surprises Promotion Experiment

If you thought the days of mail-in sweepstakes were over, think again!

The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) runs promotions from time to time, as ways to award people some extra points, get people excited about their hotels, and apparently they just like to give stuff away!

I originally heard about this promotion on Flyer Talk.  If you like the material on this blog, I’d recommend heading to Flyer Talk for even more information, the latest news, and clever travel hacking strategies.  The forum there is an amazing asset for anyone even slightly interested in travel hacking, or travelling in general.

Anyway, after carefully reading the Official Rules for the IHG and MasterCard Priceless Surprise Promotion, I decided to experiment.  The main variables in this experiment are the direct costs associated with entering the sweepstakes, the time cost of entering the sweepstakes, and the projected return on my time/money.  The ROI (return on investment), will not be in dollars or minutes of course, but in IHG Rewards Club Points.

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