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Use Kimpton's latest surprise password to 'chill' at check-in

Nov. 27, 2021
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Kimpton EPIC Hotel lobby
Use Kimpton's latest surprise password to 'chill' at check-in
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Kimpton devotees know to be on the lookout for passwords that unlock surprises from the IHG hotel brand. The latest has arrived in time for your winter stay.

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Kimpton Van Zandt in Austin (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

From now through February 2022, say the phrase “Just Chilling” at front desk check-in. You'll be on your way to a free perk in no time.

Kimpton properties are known for their unique atmosphere — plus inclusions, such as an evening happy hour and "raid the mini bar" perk for elite guests. Throughout the year, Kimpton takes the fun up a few notches with a secret password that unlocks extra goodies for anyone who utters the magic words.

Earlier this year, Kimpton began the summer travel season with the clever password, “No more sweatpants.” Previous surprises included food and beverage credits to gifts such as a hot chocolate kit.

My family has used the secret password several times, including at the Hotel Monaco Denver, which resulted in the kiddos each getting to spin the prize wheel to win a free in-room movie and snacks!

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Kimpton prize wheel (Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

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
Free Kimpton cookies and milk (Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

On top of whatever treats the password unlocks, remember that Gold Elite, Platinum Elite and Spire Elite IHG Rewards Club members get a "Raid the Bar" or "Raid the Mini Bar" credit which allows a choice between points or a drink/snack when staying at a Kimpton property.

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Raid the Kimpton mini bar (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

If that interests you, the easiest way to quickly earn IHG elite status is through the IHG Rewards Premier Credit Card, which provides Platinum Elite status. The card has an $99 annual fee. On top of that, the card is currently offering 140,000 bonus points + 1 free night after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening.

But, it doesn’t take any elite status or credit cards to unlock surprises with the magic words “Just Chilling.” The surprise perk will get your holiday travel off to a cheerful start.

Additional reporting by Ariana Arghandewal, Liz Ramanand.

Featured image by Kris Tamburello
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023