It’s no secret – I am a huge fan of the Kimpton brand and their Inner Circle loyalty program. A few months ago, I shot them an email asking for a status match into their Inner Circle program, and since then, I have been loving every moment of being an Inner Circle member – they are a brand that truly makes me happy when I am a guest of theirs. If you missed that post, you can check it out here.
Aside from their daily hosted wine hours, custom welcome amenity preferences, and room upgrades, one of the most lucrative benefits of being a Kimpton Inner Circle member is the complimentary award nights perk at their new hotel locations. Each complimentary night also comes with a $50 dining credit to use at their in-house restaurant.
Up until March 18 of this year, anyone could ask for a status match and instantly be eligible for the free nights, but with a growing buzz and popularity, Kimpton decided to modify the terms of their reciprocity status match by sending out an email explaining that the free night benefit would only be available after completing 3 stays (in my eyes this is totally fair and reasonable). Here’s an excerpt from what was sent:
It is the spirit of Kimpton to be generous; we offer reciprocity upfront and without required stays within any specified amount of time. We will continue to do so. However, in order to participate in the Free Night at New Hotel Offer we ask that you first complete 3 eligible stays.
Respecting their decision to require 3-paid stays, I went for it. My first stay was at the Eventi hotel in Manhattan back in April for my birthday outing, my next stay was at the beautiful Surfcomber hotel in Miami for July 4th weekend with friends, and my third and most recent stay was at the Ink48 hotel in Manhattan. All of my stays have been mind-blowing with personalized touches (I always get my favorite snacks and drinks waiting for me in my room) and huge suite upgrades.
Now that had 3-paid Kimpton nights under my belt, I wanted to get creative with the complimentary award nights. To complete my quest for 1K status with United this year, Mr. Points Traveler and I have booked an extended weekend getaway to San Diego in a few weeks. With 3 new Kimpton properties in the Southern California area, we thought it would be a perfect opportunity for us to drive up the coast and stay a night at each property.
Upon landing in San Diego, we’re going to spend one night at Hotel La Jolla, then drive up to Newport Beach to visit our close friends to spend a night with them, our third night will be at the Hotel Wilshire in Beverly Hills, and lastly, we will finish off the trip with a complimentary night at the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara before returning back to San Diego.
I’m really excited to be able to have a 4-night vacation with complimentary nights at my favorite hotel chain. 8 free nights after completing 3 paid stays is an incredibly generous offer on top of a loyalty program that already outshines most. What’s even more exciting is that the Kimpton portfolio is rapidly expanding – it was just announced that there are 3 new locations in the works (Pittsburgh, Austin, and Grand Cayman)!
For those readers who are also Inner Circle members, please feel free to share you’re experiences as well.
If you’re not yet an Inner Circle member and are interested in a reciprocity status match, you can learn more about it here.
P.S. – I was thinking of having a casual get together in the La Jolla area when I’m in town. I already presented the idea on Twitter and some points and miles enthusiasts have expressed interest. If you’re local to the San Diego/La Jolla area or visiting during the first weekend of October, drop a line if you’d be interested!