This secret password will unlock bonus treats at Kimpton hotels

Dec 2, 2019

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Kimpton is the playful and sociable brand within IHG. The brand as a whole generally makes for a fun hotel stay due to its unique atmosphere — plus neat inclusions, such as an evening happy hour. But a few times per year, Kimpton takes the fun up a few notches with a secret password that unlocks extra goodies. Now, a new password has returned just in time for the holiday season!

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

The new Kimpton social password is “stay human,” which I suppose is pretty good advice. We don’t need a bunch of travel robots walking around. The password is in effect until Feb. 16, 2020.

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TPG readers have reported weaving the secret phrase into their check-in conversation to be both fun and rewarding. However, if the check-in agent is a little surprised or confused with the password, just let them know you saw it on Kimpton’s official Twitter account and hopefully the manager on duty will know what to do.

My family has used the secret password 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!

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 credit when staying at a Kimpton property.

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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, but the annual fee essentially pays for itself if you make use of the annual free night benefit.

But, it doesn’t take any elite status or credit cards to say two magic words at your next Kimpton check-in to see what sort of magic is unlocked: “Stay Human”.

Featured image of the Kimpton Seafire by Scott Mayerowitz / The Points Guy

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