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

Nov 27, 2021

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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 (Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
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!

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 cookies sent up at the Kimpton Van Zandt
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)
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 Club Premier Credit Card, which provides Platinum Elite status. The card has an $89 annual fee. On top of that, the card is currently offering 125,000 bonus points, plus a reward night for new members who get the card and spend $3,000 on it 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 courtesy of Kimpton Epic Hotel.

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