You Can Now Redeem IHG Points At Kimpton Hotels

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Back in 2014, IHG announced that they were acquiring Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. Kimpton is the largest chain of boutique hotels in the United States. They’re also quite special as far as hotel chains go, since historically they’ve really had an emphasis on customer service and loyalty, more than you’ll find at just about any other hotel group.

Of course the concern is what IHG’s takeover of Kimpton means for guests. Kimpton had their own Karma Rewards loyalty program, though as of this year it’s being integrated into IHG Rewards Club.

This is either good or bad news, depending on how you look at it. On the plus side, IHG Rewards Club members can now earn and redeem points at Kimpton properties when they couldn’t previously, while for Kimpton loyalists it’s likely bad news, as they’ll lose much of the special service that they’re used to.

Anyway, there’s some good news on that front. You can now redeem IHG Rewards Club points for stays at Kimpton hotels. These stays are bookable directly on IHG’s website, and as you’d expect, the pricing varies by hotel. It looks like Kimpton hotels range in cost from 40,000 to 70,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.


A free night at the Muse Hotel New York costs 70K points

For example, Mommy Points shares the following redemption rates:

  • Muse Hotel New York – 70,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa Grand Cayman – 70,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC – 65,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Van Zandt Austin – 60,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs – 60,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Alexis Hotel Seattle – 60,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Aertson Hotel Nashville – 60,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton EPIC Hotel Miami – 55,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Donovan Hotel Washington DC – 55,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC – 55,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton EPIC Hotel Miami – 55,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Hotel Born Denver – 50,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam – 50,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Topaz Hotel – 50,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Tryon Park Charlotte – 50,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle – 50,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City – 40,000 IHG points per night
  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore – 40,000 IHG points per night

Keep in mind that if you have the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card you can receive a 10% refund on redemptions, for a total refund of up to 100,000 points per year.

In many cases the redemption rates seem disproportionately expensive, but I guess that’s not surprising, given that they’re just in the process of integrating with IHG.

The other great news is that the anniversary free night certificate offered with the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card can now also be redeemed at Kimpton hotels. This is such a great value, since the card has a $49 annual fee (waived the first year), so getting an annual Kimpton stay for that is great. If you love Kimpton and don’t yet have this card, then there’s now another reason to get it.

Bottom line

I’m thrilled that it’s finally possible to redeem IHG points and free night certificates at Kimpton properties. Ultimately many of the redemption rates seem a bit inflated, though I think the biggest win here is the ability to redeem the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card annual free night certificate at Kimptons.

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Comments

  1. They just built the Kimpton Sawyer here in Sacramento. I might just apply your this card. Thanks Lucky for the info.

  2. I’m definitely excited about the earn aspect of this. While I’ve almost abandoned IHG, I do have quite a few points with them. I’ll be going to Portland a few times, and they seem to have pretty solid properties there. I’d rather stay at The Nines, but it’s a hard sell with their nightly rate.

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Lucky. This is great news! I’ve been waiting for this for a while. I’ve found it very easy to accumulate IHG points. Now there are even more ways to redeem them.

  4. Curious what the impact is on existing Kimpton points? I just redeemed my last free Kimpton night last week figuring I would get screwed if I waited past the integration date.

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