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IHG Rewards Club and MasterCard are launching a new promotion this week called “Priceless Surprises,” which gives you a prezzie every time you stay and pay with MasterCard. It’s a new partnership that’s part of MasterCard’s ongoing Priceless Surprises promotion. They’re not literally priceless, but they are a surprise, and some of them are worth big bucks.

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Starting this week, US members over age 21 with an active MasterCard that was opened before November 15, 2015 can register for the promotion at Once that’s all set up, you then need to use that MasterCard to book and stay at any IHG hotel in the world between November 15, 2015  and February 15, 2016 – no exclusions! You can use any MasterCard, including the IHG Rewards Club Select card or Citi Prestige, which always gives you the 4th night free when you book through Citi.

The first time you stay at an IHG property under this promotion, you’ll get 1,000 IHG Rewards Club bonus points awarded to your account. TPG values IHG at 0.7 cents per point, so that’s $7 right out of the gate – which isn’t a fortune, but it could go toward staying at an IHG hotel this Christmas instead of sleeping on that awful sofa bed at your parents’ house.

Wouldn't you rather be at the Holiday Inn Orlando – Orange Lake Resort than in your childhood bedroom this Christmas?
Wouldn’t you rather be at the Holiday Inn Orlando – Orange Lake Resort than in your childhood bedroom for the holidays?

Then, for the rest of the promotion, every time you stay at an IHG property and pay with MasterCard (check-in by February 15, 2016, check-out by February 29, 2016), you will receive an IHG “Priceless Surprise.” There’s no word on how the surprises are awarded, but here is a sample:

  • Trips to New York City, Orlando or Paris
  • One million IHG Rewards Club Points
  • $50 prepaid MasterCard gift card
  • A free night at any IHG hotel in the world

As you can see, they range from Showcase Showdown to lovely parting gifts. But if you’re going to stay at IHG (and pay with MasterCard) anyway, why not spin the wheel and get a prize?

Priceless Surprises is cross-compatible with the IHG Rewards Club Accelerate promotion, which launched in August. To register for Accelerate as well, click here.

IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card

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  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $1,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening
  • Enjoy a free night each year of card membership at over 4,900 hotels worldwide
  • Earn 5 points for each $1 spent at our hotels
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores and restaurants
  • Bonus points redeemable at hotels such as Intercontinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn®
  • Automatic platinum elite status, as long as you remain a credit cardmember
  • $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49
Intro APR Regular APR Annual Fee Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Rating
N/A 16.24% -23.24% Variable $0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $49 0% Excellent Credit