While it was announced back in 2014 that IHG was taking over Kimpton, it took quite some time for their loyalty programs to be integrated. This past Fall you were able to use your IHG points at a handful of Kimpton properties, but not all. Well, fortunately, as of yesterday, you can now book ALL Kimpton hotels through the IHG website. This means you can use your IHG points and IHG Free Night Certificates (earned through the IHG credit card or Accelerate promotions) at Kimpton properties! This is a huge win for IHG members!There is no direct award chart, so you’ll have to check each property individually to see how many points are required. It does, however, seem that most properties are on the higher end of the IHG scale requiring anywhere between 40,000 to 70,000 points for a free night. Depending on the property and time of year, using points might not be worth it, but you’ll have to see for your specific reservation. I am personally more excited that I can use my free night certificate from my IHG credit card at these properties! I wrote more about the credit card free night below.
You can check out all of the Kimpton properties here, but the few that I am the most excited about include:
- Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa – in Grand Cayan right on Seven Mile Beach
- Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel – right in Huntington Beach
- Kimpton Taconic Hotel – in Manchester, Vermont close to many ski mountains including Stratton and Bromley
- Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel – beach front hotel right in Miami
- Kimpton Canary Hotel – right in downtown Santa Barbara
- Kimpton Goodland – in Goleta, a surf town right near Santa Barbara
- Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa – in the heart of Sedona
- Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel and Spa – ocean front hotel right on Vero Beach
And if you prefer to visit big cities, there are plenty of Kimpton options in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Free Night with the IHG Credit Card
The absolutely best perk of the IHG Rewards Club Select credit card is that you receive a free night EVERY SINGLE YEAR that can be used at ANY IHG hotel – and now Kimpton hotel! While there are other credit cards that give you a free night annually (i.e., Marriott and Hyatt), the free night earned from the IHG card is the only one where there are absolutely no restrictions on where it can be redeemed – the price and category of the hotel does not matter! But they do have capacity restrictions.
In theory though, you really are paying $49 for this free night as this is the annual fee of the credit card. This is not a card I would use for every day spend, but a card I’d keep in my sock draw solely for the free night. As always though, it is only worth it if you will be able to utilize the free night on an annual basis. While using it at an expensive hotel is ideal (i.e., Bora Bora, Paris, Grand Cayman, New York City), as long as you get $49+ value out of the free night that you would otherwise be paying for you are breaking even at the minimum.
The free night will hit your account on your FIRST anniversary date. So if you were to apply and get approved for the card today (January 2018), for example, the free night will be deposited to your account next January 2019. Since it hits your account on a yearly basis, I always recommend couples to apply for the card at the same time so they have 2 free nights to use a year and the dates will sync up.
Once the free night is deposited to your account, you have an entire year to BOOK the free night reservation, but you do not actually need to stay by that expiration date. That means you actually have TWO YEARS to use the free night. The one thing to note though, is that if you cancel a free night reservation after the free night expires, you cannot redeem it for another hotel stay. That means you can skip a year using your free night and use two in one year allowing you to get an extended stay!
Here are some prior posts that discuss the IHG credit card:
- Free Night Annually with the IHG Credit Card
- Another Reason you Want the IHG Credit Card
- Top 7 Reasons why you Want the IHG Credit Card