The IHG acquisition of the Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group back in 2015 was a major uptick for IHG members, and a potential downgrade for loyal Kimptonists (Kimptonytes?). (PS – does this remind anyone of the Marriott+SPG marriage?) Though Kimpton properties had long been marketed on the IHG website, you couldn’t earn points on Kimpton stays, nor could you redeem IHG points on them.
Intercontinental Hotel Group today announced that in early 2018, IHG Rewards Club members will be able to earn and redeem points for nights at Kimpton properties.
Kimpton Karma Rewards will become integrated into the IHG Rewards Club, combining the two programs into one.
For those unfamiliar with the Kimpton brand, they are a collection of 66 boutique hotels in 35 cities, predominantly in the United States, with one in Grand Cayman and another hotel in Amsterdam (plus one in Paris in the works). For those that travel with their furry friends, they are notoriously pet friendly. The properties have are generally known to have fun activities planned, plus fantastic personalized service.
Since the acquisition, they have joined Intercontinental Hotel Group’s portfolio of over 5,000 properties in more than 100 countries worldwide.
I’m not going to lie, I’m not a huge fan of the IHG brand (maybe it’s the lack of free breakfast for plat members, maybe it’s the mostly underwhelming properties, who knows), but the Kimpton acquisition was a big deal in that it really elevates their portfolio. The Kimpton Hotels offer unique properties who had historically been known to be pretty amazing to their Kimpton Karma Rewards members – doing things like asking fun questions on your profile and leaving thoughtful presents in your room. Hopefully IHG adapts some the Kimpton’s boisterous personality and uses this as an opportunity to improve their program. Looking forward to seeing what updates 2018 has in store for IHG.
Featured image and article image credits: Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group / Intercontinental Hotel Group