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Hilarious all-new secret password will unlock bonus treats at Kimpton hotels this holiday season

Nov. 29, 2022
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Hilarious all-new secret password will unlock bonus treats at Kimpton hotels this holiday season
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Kimpton is the playful and sociable brand within IHG, and now it’s back with a timely, hilarious new secret password — just in time to kick off the winter holiday travel season.

Kimpton generally makes for a fun hotel stay due to its unique atmosphere — plus neat 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.

To kick off the long weekend, a brand new password has returned, and it's a perfect reflection of the current season. The new Kimpton social password: The Snuggle is Real.

TPG readers have said that weaving the secret phrase into their check-in conversations is 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 several times, including at the Hotel Monaco Denver — each kiddo got to spin the prize wheel to win a free in-room movie and snacks!

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

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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

The secret password is great, but certain IHG One Rewards elites also get to take advantage of the "Raid the Bar" benefit. With it, Platinum Elite members receive a $10 credit and Diamond Elite members receive a $20 credit to use on the in-room minibar, or hotel bar or restaurant. If you've followed TPG for a while, you know we love a good hotel bar.

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Raid the Kimpton mini bar. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

If you don't have status with IHG and you're 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 within the first three months of account opening; you'll also receive automatic Platinum Elite status and the chance to raid the bar on basically every Kimpton stay.

However, you don't need any elite status or specific credit card to say these funny magic words at your next Kimpton check-in to see what sort of magic is unlocked: “No more sweatpants.”

With the 2022 winter holiday travel season just beginning, the timing is right to get cozy and remember to add the phrase “The Snuggle is Real” to your next Kimpton check-in.

Additional reporting by Melissa Klurman.

Featured image by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ/THE POINTS GUY
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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