Staying At A Kimpton? Don’t Forget The Secret Social Password

Filed Under: Hotels, IHG Rewards

IHG initially announced that it was purchasing Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants back in 2014, but up until a couple of years ago the brands continued to operate separately. Then in 2018 the Kimpton Karma Rewards program was finally integrated into the IHG Rewards Club program.

Understandably, many people were concerned that IHG’s takeover of Kimpton would mean that the brand would lose what makes it special. Kimpton has always been known for how well it takes care of guests, and even though there are several dozen locations, properties still maintain a boutique feel.

The good news is that for the most part I think Kimptons haven’t changed too much, and Kimpton has continued to offer one very cool benefit for guests. For years Kimpton has seasonally had a “secret social password” that you can provide at check-in to get a special surprise. This password was typically available through social media channels, so it was a way for Kimpton to engage with guests in a different way.

Kimpton has now introduced its new secret social password, and it’s “Road Trip.” While end dates are usually published for these promotions, that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

So just mention that at check-in at any Kimpton property and you’ll get a special surprise, which could include something like a free upgrade, free breakfast, free parking, or something along those lines.

Note that there’s a lot of inconsistency when it comes to this benefit. Some hotels provide meaningful benefits, while other hotels provide a 19 cent branded koozie. I guess with social media becoming increasingly popular more people are aware of these, and as a result they’re less special.

You can combine this with other opportunities to maximize Kimpton stays, from IHG’s current global points promotion, to the Amex Offers deal for Kimpton stays, to the offer for new IHG Rewards Club members, to the InterContinental Ambassador enrollment offer.

If you have the chance to use the Kimpton social password in the coming months, please report back on what you get!

Comments
  1. @TravelinWilly, I assume it’s where you join Jack for a spa-bath.

    Either that or an insulator for a beer bottle.

  2. If I booked a Kimpton using the “hotel collection” from my gold card, could that be combined with the ambassador program?

  3. I personally think of koozies as more oriented to cans of beer rather than bottles just because I tend to hold bottles by the neck so there is way less contact between my warm hands and the cold bottle. Whereas with a can there isn’t really an elegant way of holding it without holding the can body, thus warming up your beer.

    In the US they are often a mass promotional giveaway items because they are really cheap to print your logo on. I very much think of them as the stereotype of the swag a college student apartment complex might give out to get their brand out there.

  4. @Will, the generic term in Australia for that sort of thing is a ‘stubbie holder’, a stubbie being a short beer bottle. I’m an equal opportunity user of them, can or bottle, they both need to be kept cool, and not just from my hand.

  5. Koozies are not just for keeping your beer cold, they also prevent it from “sweating” all over the place. Anyone who has had a beer in the south knows how handy they are, I’d argue even more so for bottles than cans.

  6. I said the secret woid at the Kimpton Monaco Philadelphia last summer. I think they just gave me a couple hundred points. No free upgrade that’s for sure.

  7. Nashville Tennessee 10 dollar restaurant credit or free movie. With the 10 dollar credit plus the 10 dollars for ihg elite took care of my breakfast. Can’t complain too much. Last time in Chicago though it was a full size bottle of wine (about 20 dollars retail). 10 dollars seems about right to me. Probably costs the hotel maybe 1-2 dollars in actual cost cause I imagine a lot of people just use it for a bottle of water.

  8. Stayed at the Kimpton Seafire in Grand Cayman within the first year they opened (just for time reference). Told them the social password and got a mini kit of sun bum products. Not the greatest benefit, but hey, it was used.

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