IHG Rewards Club has a new sweepstakes in 6 separate phases for a chance to win prizes. But, there is a catch. To enter, you need to spend points for entries.
400 points buys an entry into the 1 million points prize. Technically, you can enter for free without points if you remember how to mail a postcard.
You need to spend 50 to 400 points for one entry. Members are limited to purchasing ten entries per day of the sweepstakes.
Instant win prizes are available for 25 points per entry for a prize like a $10 iTunes card. Limit of 3 instant win prize entries per day.
Promotion is only open to US and Canada residents, excluding Quebec.
Basically, IHG Rewards Club is giving members the opportunity to burn over 4,000 points per day for a chance to win 1 million points and other prizes.
That is a hotel loyalty program vacuum suck if I have ever seen one. IHG will suck your points away on the chance of winning a dream prize of one million points.
Top Prizes in IHG Sweepstakes
All in all, I say stay away from this game.
I burned 300 points today for a chance at a Canon camera, but I doubt I will play this IHG Sweepstakes again.
I redeemed 5,000 points for a hotel night in California next week on PointBreaks. That gives me $25 per 1,000 points in real value for a hotel stay.
Tossing out 300 points today for a chance at a camera is like blowing $8 in points. I don’t think I will debit my points again for a chance to win a prize during the remainder of this promotion.
Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
Loyalty Traveler shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests.