New Kimpton secret password to unlock bonus treats at hotels this summer

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Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information and offers.

Kimpton is the playful and sociable brand within IHG, and a couple of times per year, it offers freebies to guests checking in who know a few secret words.

To kick off the long weekend, a brand new Kimpton secret password has returned: No shade.

Saying those magic words from May 26 through Sept. 3 can unlock goodies, such as a treat from a prize chest at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia; prizes can include wine, a complimentary in-room movie or a room upgrade. TPG readers have had some pretty great success with prior Kimpton secret passwords.

My family has used the secret password several times, including at the Hotel Monaco Denver — where each kiddo got to spin the prize wheel to win a free in-room movie and snacks.

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prize wheel

Other Kimpton social password surprises we have heard of in the past include:

  • A bottle of wine.
  • Comped parking.
  • Branded coffee mug.
  • Two drinks at the on-site bar.
  • Doubled Raid the Bar credit.
  • Room upgrade.
  • $30 dining credit.
  • Breakfast vouchers.
  • Hot chocolate kit.
  • In-room movie.
  • Free IHG points.

The secret password is available to anyone who knows it. Remember that IHG One Rewards Platinum and Diamond elites can also take advantage of the “Raid the Bar” benefit. With it, Platinum Elite members receive a $10 credit, and Diamond Elite members receive a $20 credit to use on the Kimpton in-room minibar, hotel bar or restaurant.

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Raid the Kimpton mini bar (Photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy)
Raid the Kimpton minibar. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

If you don’t have status with IHG and you’re looking for a quick way to get there — and earn points to plan your next Kimpton stay — consider applying for the IHG® Rewards Premier Credit Card. With this card, you’ll earn 140,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening; you’ll also receive automatic IHG Platinum Elite status and the chance to raid the bar on basically every Kimpton stay.

However, you don’t need any elite status or specific credit card to say “no shade” at your next Kimpton check-in and see what sort of magic you unlock.

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