Kimpton has a pretty cool “social password” concept, whereby you can receive extra perks for sharing a phrase at check-in. I wanted to talk about what the password currently is, share my experience using it, and also pose a question to Kimpton regulars about the least cringeworthy way to go about saying it.
What is the current Kimpton password?
Kimpton is one of the cooler IHG hotel groups, and there are a variety of things that set Kimpton apart from other IHG brands. One of those things is the social password. The idea is that seasonally Kimpton provides a phrase through social media that you’re supposed to say when you check-in, and if you do that, you’ll receive something extra.
The current Kimpton password is “just chilling,” and it’s valid for stays through February 21, 2022. So just say that when you check-in at a Kimpton property, and you’ll receive a surprise.
My experience using the Kimpton password
I recently stayed at the Kimpton EPIC Miami, which was my first Kimpton stay in quite a while (and it was a good value as well, as I was able to use a free night award earned with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card (review).
I was curious what the benefit would be for using the password. So I shared the “just chilling” password with the front desk agent. At the conclusion of the check-in experience, he brought out a game show-style wheel. I might have spun too hard, it must have gone around for about 30 seconds. Go figure I landed on the tile that just had me spin again.
Then I spun again, and the prize was free parking. I had a car and was staying for two nights, and parking costs $44 per night. So using the Kimpton password saved me nearly $100 — score!!
Based on looking at the wheel, it seems that some of the other prizes include a free welcome drink, free breakfast, free snacks, and a free movie. There were also a few empty squares, where I guess you don’t win anything. And I’m not sure what the alarm clock, car tipping over, or postcard of Miami get you. Regardless, I’d say those are some awesome prizes, and I got a great reward.
It’s cute how the Kimpton EPIC Miami makes a game of this. I know there’s a lot of inconsistency when it comes to this benefit across Kimpton properties. Some hotels provide meaningful perks (an upgrade, free, parking, etc.), like I got here, while other hotels provide a 19 cent branded koozie.
It’s great that this has stuck around, given that it has presumably become increasingly popular. Years ago not everyone was on social media, so it was a good way to encourage people to follow Kimpton on Twitter, Instagram, etc. With the way the internet has evolved, times have changed a bit.
How do you non-awkwardly say the Kimpton password?
I’m hoping some Kimpton regulars can help me out here. As an introvert who finds regular social interactions to be exhausting, I’m curious how other go about using the password during checkin? I find it awkward to just randomly say “just chilling,” so what’s the best way to go about it?
The front desk guy checking me in was polite, and I said “I guess I’m supposed to say just chilling as the social password?” That did the trick, but I’d feel better about doing this in the future if I knew how others go about this. Is there a better way to go about it?
Through February 21, 2022, Kimpton’s social password is “just chilling.” Just state that phrase when you check-in at a Kimpton, and you should get some sort of a surprise. The surprise will vary by property, so there’s no reason not to take advantage of this if staying at a Kimpton.
I used this for the first time during a recent stay. I got to spin a wheel, and I ended up getting free parking, which would otherwise cost $44 per night.
If you’ve used the Kimpton password, what was your experience like?