IHG Flash Sale: Stay 2+ Nights At Kimpton, Get A Free Night At Any IHG Hotel

Earlier this year Kimpton Karma Rewards was folded into IHG Rewards Club. IHG has been offering quite a few lucrative promotions to get members to stay at Kimpton properties. For example, at the moment they’re offering a targeted promotion for 10,000 bonus points for making one Kimpton stay.

Now there’s another good promotion, though it’s not quite as great as it sounds.

Specifically, with Kimpton’s flash sale you can get a certificate valid for a free night at any IHG hotel after you book an eligible prepaid stay of two or more nights at select Kimpton hotels.

Here are the basic terms to be aware of:

  • Availability is limited
  • 21 Kimpton hotels are participating in this promotion
  • Valid for bookings by May 9, 2018, and for stays between May 8 and September 16, 2018
  • Eligible rates are prepaid and non-refundable, through you’ll be paying the best flexible rate
  • The free night certificate will be deposited in your account 2-4 weeks after you’ve checked out of any two or more night stay booked with this offer
  • The free night certificate can be used at any IHG hotel, and expires March 31, 2019; it sounds to me like this is the same as the uncapped anniversary free night certificate that was offered by the old IHG Card
  • Each member can take advantage of this promotion up to 15 times

I don’t think this promotion is quite worth mattress running for, but if you’re going to stay at an eligible Kimpton anyway, this is an awesome opportunity.

With this promotion they’re essentially make the best flexible rate non-refundable. For example, take the Hotel Palomar Phoenix. The best non-refundable rate is $172, while the promotion eligible rate is $214. So for a two night stay you’re paying a premium of $84 in order to earn the free night certificate. I’d say it’s a no brainer to pay that rate, since that’s a small price to pay for a certificate that can be redeemed at a property that retails for up to 70,000 points per night.

Hopefully some of you can take advantage of this great offer. I can’t seem to find any Kimptons with significantly cheaper rates, or else this could be worth mattress running for.

If you’re interested you’ll want to book ASAP. Not only does the promo expire tomorrow, but they also claim that quantities are limited, and there’s a counter on the promotion page showing roughly what percent of these packages are remaining.

Comments

  1. Is it possible to buy 2 rooms for 2 days at the same time and get two certificates or not. How many times one can do this and still get multiple certificates

  2. @ George — I’m curious, do you see any hotels with significantly better rates that could make this more worthwhile?

  3. @ Aleksandar — Maybe someone else can chime in, because I’m not sure. My gut says no, since IHG doesn’t award multiple elite nights when booking multiple rooms, but I could be wrong.

  4. Why are the “Flash Sale” rate higher than the standard non-refundable rate? That doesn’t make any sense and it’s borderline deceptive.

  5. @lucky, best rates I’ve seen so far are the Kimpton Minneapolis. I got a couple reservations with total room cost + taxes under $300.

    I saw on Reddit some people found $129 per night for a DC Kimpton but did not specify which specific property since Kimpton has several. I’m looking now.

  6. @Ian, the rates are higher because you’re getting a free night cert. Isn’t that obvious?

  7. $123/nt at the Kimpton Rogue in DC the weekend after 4th of July (perhaps the slowest leisure travel weekend of the summer). The other DC properties are coming in under $150/nt for best flexible rate.

  8. @Lucky @George, the fine print just says you have to book “2 or more prepaid, non-refundable nights”, so I don’t know why you can’t just book 2 or more non-refundable nights at the regular non-refundable rates, rather than these “inflated” non-refundable rates, which still qualify under the terms.

  9. @George most of that is their ‘resort fee’. pretty much all Kimptons have those. you can try to get it waived if you are an Elite member I guess?

  10. @ Ian — From the terms: “Offer must be booked by May 9, 2018 or while supplies last under this exclusive rate code.”

  11. @Ian, the rate chosen has to say Kimpton Flash Sale. You won’t get the free night if it’s not selected properly.

    As for having the resort fee waived, more trouble than it’s worth for me. The rates aren’t noticeably cheaper than Minnesota Kimpton and it’s a lot easier to get there from Chicago than D.C.

    I wish the Portland Kimpton was cheaper. Had wanted to go there this summer but I’m not going to pay those room rates.

  12. @Lucky You’re right. So it seems deceptive to me. You’re paying a higher rate than you would otherwise pay in order to get a ‘free’ night. Still a good deal, as I found two nights in DC for $129/night, but deceptive.

  13. Unless you have already scheduled Kimpton stays or you will be at a destination that has a reasonably priced Kimptons, I would pass!

    I don’t get what the brouhaha is all about with the addition of the Kimpton Hotels to the IHG program. Not what we are used to for hotel stays. Cash rates are $300+ and up here in Southern California. I am truly trying to understand why the huge excitement, I was not by any measure impressed by our recent lackluster stay at a Kimpton property rated #1 in Los Angeles by TripAdvisor.

  14. Booked 2 2-night stays in DC for about 675 total. Not too bad for a total of 6 nights. Looks like a nice 3 night getaway later in the year when I add my IHG Card free night.

  15. Could do Minneapolis this week. 5/9-5/11 for $303 total incl taxes. Not a fantastic deal, but cheaper than buying 70k points.

  16. FYI, I have an AMEX offer for $60 off a $300 stay. This should stack with the Flash sale nicely, but I cannot use my Chase IHG card then.

    Get a one-time $60 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend $300+ on room rate and room charges, when you pay for your stay with Kimpton Hotels from 2/20/18 to 5/20/18. See terms for exclusions.

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