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Kimpton adds more perks for pet guests with new partnership – claim your free dog walk

May 11, 2022
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Kimpton guest and pet enjoy Kimpton Wag
Kimpton adds more perks for pet guests with new partnership – claim your free dog walk
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Before the pandemic, there were millions of pet owners who wouldn't hit the road without their pets. In the most recent National Pet Owners Survey from the American Pet Products Association, 25 million dog owners reported stays at pet-friendly hotels.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports 23 million American households added a pet to the family during the pandemic. As a result, now even more people will want to take their pets with them when they travel for work or play.

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With numbers like that, it's no surprise that the number of hotels offering a pet-friendly stay has increased as well. However, the definition of pet-friendly often means pets are welcome, but only if their owners cough up a nonrefundable fee that can sometimes top $100 a night.

Not so with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (under the IHG Rewards program). It remains one of the most pet-friendly brands. According to the company's website, its 65-plus U.S. properties welcome “your furry, feathery or scaly family member – no matter their size, weight or breed, at no extra charge.”

(Photo courtesy of Kimpton)

Visiting pets receive treats, as well as complimentary loaner beds, water bowls, mats and other goodies. Their owners get a list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques. Additionally, pet guests are welcome to attend the brand’s nightly wine receptions with their owners.

Kimpton is now expanding its pet-friendly program by adding a partnership with Wag!, a mobile platform that connects pet owners with professional pet caregivers in communities throughout the country. Through the KimptonXWag! program, hotel guests can book walks or drop-ins (check-in visits) for their pets.

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To kick off the new program, Kimpton will gift 1,000 free 20-minute services (either walks or drop-ins) to guests staying at one of the brand’s participating properties. To receive one of the free walks (available while supplies last), ask for a discount code via social media at @Kimpton on Twitter or Instagram.

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In addition to the free walks or drop-ins, Kimpton is giving all guests access to one free month of Wag! Premium with every stay. Through that program, guests are eligible for 10% off every pet service booked, waived booking fees and round-the-clock access to advice from credentialed veterinary professionals.

To celebrate the new partnership, KimptonXWag! also released a limited-edition hooded dog bathrobe, inspired by Kimpton’s signature robe collection. The robes come in three sizes and are embroidered with a custom KimptonXWag! patch. You can buy your good dog a robe for $35.

Kimpton has been creative this year with its promotional perks – extending two key ones to employees as well as guests. In February, the brand offered 1,000 complimentary live video therapy sessions to guests to announce a partnership with Talkspace, an online behavioral health care company. The promotion, which offers $100 off the first month of any Talkspace plan for guests, runs through December. It also includes a free one-year subscription to Talkspace for all eligible company workers, from front-line employees to managers.

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“For these two brand partnerships, Talkspace and Wag, we took a look at important topics that emerged out of the pandemic and were well within our wheelhouse to impact our guests’ experiences for the better,” Kathleen Reidenbach, chief commercial officer at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, told TPG via email.

Reidenbach shared that so far, 500 of the 1,000 complimentary Talkspace therapy sessions have been distributed and more than 100 employees have signed up for the benefit.

As for the Wag! partnership, “[It] allows us to provide additional benefits to our employees and take some of the stress off our guests, allowing them to enjoy their stay while ensuring their pets get all the attention they need on the road,” she said.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
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  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

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  • 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