Kimpton’s newest secret password can help you ‘stay cool’ with a fun surprise at check-in

May 27, 2022

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Just in time for a super busy Memorial Day weekend, one of IHG’s trendiest brands, Kimpton, is pulling a guest favorite out of its bag of tricks: the secret password.

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With locations all around the world, Kimpton is a popular brand with travelers and IHG loyalists thanks to evening happy hours, its “raid the minibar” perk for select elite guests and the brands royal treatment of the fluffiest and floofiest of four-legged guests. Kimpton is famous for being pet-friendly after all.

But from now through Sept. 5, casually work in the phrase “stay cool” while checking in, and you’ll be awarded “a feel-good surprise” for using the secret password.

While we can’t tell you exactly what you’ll get with each stay, we do know that previous perks have ranged from drink credits to local swag to free parking. Each hotel offers something a little different, which makes the game all the more fun.

For TPG’s Summer Hull, using a password at the Hotel Monaco Denver resulted in the chance to spin a wheel that included a number of prizes like a movie night, a succulent, some hotel swag like a flask or beer glass and even a whole bottle of rosé.

Other Kimpton social password surprises we have heard of in the past include:

  • A bottle of wine
  • Comped parking
  • Branded coffee mug
  • Two drinks at the on-site bar
  • Doubled Raid the Bar credit
  • Room upgrade
  • $30 dining credit
  • Breakfast vouchers
  • Hot chocolate kit
  • In-room movie
  • Free IHG points
  • Cupcakes

Related: What is IHG One Rewards elite status worth in 2022?

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(Photo by Eric Rosen/The Points Guy)

The secret password is great, but certain IHG One Rewards elites also get the chance to take advantage of the “Raid the Bar” benefit. With it, Platinum Elite members get a $10 credit and Diamond Elite members get a $20 to use on the in-room mini-bar or hotel bar or restaurant. And if you’ve followed The Points Guy for a while, you know we love a good hotel bar.

If you don’t have status with IHG and are looking for a quick way to get there — and earn points to plan your next Kimpton stay, consider applying for The IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card. With this card you’ll earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, along with automatic Platinum Elite status and the chance to raid the bar on basically every Kimpton stay.

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