Today Kimpton Hotels launched it’s biggest sale of the year, the Kimpton Karma Rewards Annual Sale, with rates starting as low as $119. You can also receive double stay credit as part of the offer. The sale runs from October 23 to October 26, for stays October 23 to March 1 in 22 participating cities. You must be logged into your Kimpton account in order to qualify for sale prices. Book using promo code NOW14, though I had some difficulty pulling up rates and it seemed to work best using the ‘BOOK NOW’ button on the far right for each hotel.
Anyone can join Kimpton Karma Rewards and receive some great basic benefits! Just for signing up for the rewards program you’ll automatically receive free wifi, custom stay preferences, a birthday offer and a “Raid the Mini Bar” credit, good for $10 toward a cocktail at the bar or drinks or snacks from your room. Most hotels also offer a “Wine Hour” from 5-6 p.m. each evening for all guests.
The way Kimpton’s reward program works is you earn a free night after seven eligible stays, OR 20 eligible nights. Stays roll over from year to year, as long as you have at least one stay within the last 24 months. Once you qualify for an award night you have a year to redeem it.
Another way to earn free nights is with The Kimpton Journey. If you stay at 10 different Kimpton hotels during the calendar year you’ll receive two complimentary nights. If you can stay at 15 different hotels you’ll get another free night, and when you reach 20, another. Here’s a complete list of locations. Right now Kimpton has 61 boutique hotels in 27 US cities.
One of the great tips I picked up over the weekend at the Chicago Seminars was that Kimpton Hotels will status match top-tier elite status from other hotel chains. I’m a Hyatt Diamond member now after completing the Diamond Trial, and in only a matter of minutes I was able to qualify for Kimpton’s top status, Inner Circle. I emailed email@example.com with a screenshot of my Hyatt Diamond status and my Kimpton Karma number and politely asked for a reciprocity match. I got an email back a few hours confirming my Inner Circle status through December 31, 2015.
Inner Circle benefits include a complimentary chef’s taste, a personalized welcome amenity (based on preferences you select in your profile), a $30 spa credit, complimentary upgrades, late check out, and a complimentary night at all new Kimpton hotels. Yes, you read that right. Anytime Kimpton opens a new hotel, they offer their Inner Circle members a free night to try it out, along with a $50 dining credit in the hotel restaurant. I think this is a fabulous perk and I hope to be able to take advantage of it soon. For Inner Circle members that status matched instead of qualified with stays, you do have to have three paid stays before you’re able to utilize the new hotel offer. Upcoming projects include Pittsburgh, Austin, Denver, Seattle and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
I had two upcoming work nights I needed to book, so I figured those would get me 2/3 of the way there to qualifying for the new hotel offer. The hotels seem to be in great locations and the rates are comparable to other nice hotels in the area. I booked refundable rates so I was able to go in and change the reservations when the prices went down during today’s sale for an upcoming Dallas stay. Some hotels do have restrictions, and availability is limited. Here’s a sample of availability for Washington DC.
I heard multiple stories this weekend about how great Inner Circle is and that they truly treat their elites like family. I was wandering around downtown Chicago after my appointments Monday and happened to walk by the Hotel Burnham. I popped my head in to look around and an employee came up to me right away and asked if they could help. I mentioned I was an Inner Circle member and that I just wanted to check out the hotel and possibly the bar. He handed me a coupon for a free hand-crafted cocktail at the bar. Quite a good first impression!
Finally, here is Kimpton’s Best Rate Guarantee Policy: If you find a better rate within 24 hours of booking, call 1-877-536-0508 and they will match the rate and provide you with a $25 food and beverage credit for your stay.