IHG Sale: Up to 40% Off Kimpton Stays & There’s a New Password to Use for Free Perks

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The Kimpton brand is IHG’s boutique-style hotels that offer fun perks like yoga mats, community bicycles, and nightly evening wine hour.  It is no surprise that their Cyber Monday/Giving Tuesday promotion is a bit unique and fun as well.

Kimpton is offering 25% to 40% off most of their hotels as part of this promotion (which lasts through the end of the week).  And they’ll also donate $5 per night to charity.  This promotion could also be stacked with the other IHG promotions going on (there are a bunch, see below).  And booking discounted nights can be a good way to keep your IHG points from expiring.

There are two charities that they are donating two:  The Trevor Project and No Kid Hungry.  The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth while No Kid Hungry offers meals, education, and advocacy to prevent childhood hunger.  Both great causes!

And don’t forget to share the new social password “chilled to perfection” at check-in to receive a free gift.  The gift varies by location, but in the past it has been anything from a free upgrade to free parking or free breakfast.

Also, the latest IHG PointBreaks list was published today.  So check out the hotels you can book for 5,000 to 15,000 IHG points per night!

Kimpton Hotels Have Tons of Unique Character at Each Location. Right Now You Can Earn Up To 40% Off Kimpton Hotels and They Will Donate $5 per Night to a Great Cause.
IHG Kimpton Hotels Have Character.  Right Now You Can Earn Up to 40% Off and They Will Donate $5 per Night to a Great Cause

IHG Kimpton Cyber Monday & Giving Tuesday Promotion

End date:   November 30, 2018

Travel dates:   November 19, 2018 to March 31, 2019

Important terms & restrictions:

  • Only valid on prepaid & non-refundable reservations
  • Discount valid on the Best Flexible Rate
  • At participating Kimpton hotels only, rates & days of the week vary by hotel
  • Blackout dates may apply for each hotel
  • Must be an IHG Rewards Member to get the deal

Promotion link:   Kimpton Cyber Monday + Giving Tuesday

Good deal or not:   Most of the participating hotels are offering 25% or 30% off the Best Flexible Rate.  This is a sizable discount, but it is worth mentioning that you do lose the flexibility part of the Best Flexible Rate.  These rates are non-refundable and must be prepaid.  So depending on your travel dates, you might not be saving much compared to the typical Advanced Purchase rates, which are always prepaid and non-refundable.

Expect most Kimptons to offer either 25% of 30% off.  The steeper discounts are limited to just a few hotels.  I only saw the 40% discount at 2 Kimpton hotels in Miami;  The Kimpton Angler’s South Beach and Kimpton EPIC Hotel.  And you can get 35% off at 6 locations, including the Kimpton Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco,  Kimpton Solomar Hotel in San Diego, and Kimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood.

I like that Kimpton offered to donate for each night you stay to some great causes.  This is a great bonus that we often don’t see with other Black Friday deals.  Keep in mind that you have until November 30 to get this promotion.  These nights will earn points and count toward elite status.

IHG Buy Points Sale – 100% Extra Points!

Purchase dates:   Through November 30, 2018

Travel dates:   Points expire after 12 months of inactivity.  But there are plenty of ways to keep IHG points from expiring.

Important terms & restrictions:

  • 100% bonus points offer requires a minimum of 5,000 IHG points purchase
  • Bonus points available on purchases made between November 12, 2018 and November 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time
  • Purchased points are not refundable
  • IHG members may only purchase a maximum of 100,000 points per calendar year and receive a gift of a maximum of 100,000 points per calendar year
  • Allow up to 72 hours for points to post to your IHG account

Promotion link:   IHG Buy Points Here – Earn 100% Bonus

Good Deal or Not:

This is a good deal if you are willing to drop at least $260 to purchase points at the 0.5 cent per point rate.  Buying at lower tiers makes sense only if you are combining these points with other deals like PointBreaks hotel offers.

When you purchase points during this promotion there are distinct tiers where points get cheaper.

  • Buy 1,000 to 4,000 points = 1.35 cents per point
  • Buy 5,000 to 10,000 points + 100% bonus = 0.675 cents per point
  • Buy 11,000 to 25,000 points + 100% bonus = 0.575 cents per point
  • Buy 26,000 to 100,000 points + 100% bonus = 0.5 cents per point

IHG points tend to have a redemption value of around 0.6 cents per point.  However, this varies by location and travel dates.  But typically any points that you can purchase that cost less than 0.6 cents per point means that you are saving money by buying points.

As an example, buying 26,000 points will earn you a bonus 26,000 points for a total of 52,000 IHG points at a cost of $260 or 0.5 cents per point.

This offer is good because these points can be saved for future stays and since points are almost always worth 0.6+ cents each then you know you will save money on future stays even if you purchase points now.

The best value for this offer is by combining these low-cost points with a PointBreaks hotel deal (scroll down for more details on this promotion).  These deals allow you to book awards nights at big discounts at select IHG hotels.  For example, you could stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville, TX for just 5,000 IHG points per night under the PointBreaks deal.  This hotel usually costs ~$125 per night, but if you use 5,000 points that you purchased at just 0.5 cents each then you can stay here for effectively $25, a total savings of roughly $100!

There are even PointBreaks deals at Hotel Indigo and Intercontinental hotels (which require 10,000 or 15,000 points per night).

This deal is also amazing for folks with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card because cardholders get the 4th night free when they book 4+ nights with points.  So purchasing points for only 0.5 cents each and getting 4th night free makes points worth even more.  If one of the PointBreaks hotels work for your travels you could actually spend 4 nights at a 5,000 point per night PointBreaks hotel for just 15,000 points total.  That’s just $75 for 4 nights or ~$19 per night!

Granted, to get that low of a price you’ll need to be staying for 4 nights exactly and be able to find a PointBreaks hotel that fits your plans.  While there aren’t as many good choices left for the current IHG PointBreaks list, there is a new list coming out in December just after this sale ends.

If you stay at IHG hotels often, then stocking up now on points will probably make sense for you in the coming year.  It is also worth noting you can only purchase a maximum of 100,000 IHG points per calendar year.  Since we are getting to the end of the calendar year you can buy a bunch of points now and still be able to take advantage of any other point deals offered next year since that maximum amount will reset on January 1, 2019.  So now is a good time to stock up for IHG loyalists.

IHG Annual Sale – 20% Off!

Booking dates:   Until January 7, 2019

Travel dates:   November 4, 2018, to March 31, 2019

Important terms & restrictions:

  • Book now through January 7, 2019
  • Stay between November 4, 2018 and March 31, 2019
  • Valid only in US Hotels
  • The Venetian Las Vegas, the Palazzo Las Vegas, Kimpton Hotels, and IHG Army Hotels are all excluded from this promotion
  • Discount & days of the week vary by hotel
  • Subject to availability
  • Blackout dates and minimum stays may apply
  • Bookings are non-refundable, fully pre-paid
  • Must book 3 days in advance

Promotion link:   IHG Annual Sale

Good Deal or Not:

Your experience will definitely vary with this promotion.  IHG has a lot of very vague restrictions that seem counter intuitive to me.  For example, they say you will save at least 20%, but then say it is subject to availability.  In addition, blackout days and minimum stays apply (without being very clear what those dates or minimums are) and will “vary by hotel.”  IHG also states that the sale only works at participating hotels and that discounts and days of the week when the discount applies will also vary by hotel.

In other words, your savings could be all over the map.  I did some initial searches for a few upcoming trips I had planned to see if I could save any money with this promotion.  Unfortunately, nothing came back with any significant savings for any of my trips.  In fact, I compared the prices I found with the prices I saw on few online travel agencies over the same dates and they were almost the same.

IHG specifically mentioned using this sale to enjoy a great ski getaway, so I decided to look for some ski destinations I am familiar with.  My search in Park City, Utah finally returned some promising results!  I searched mid-January dates (which is popular ski season) and was able to find some rooms for $80 to $100 that usually run ~$130 to $150.  Success!

These Hotels Would Usually Cost At Least $130 During These Premium Ski Dates. So This Is a Savings of ~30%. Not Bad!
These Hotels Would Usually Cost at Least $130 During These Premium Ski Dates.  So This Is a Savings of ~30%.  Not Bad!

I shared with you my search experience to emphasize that these deals are very fluid.  There is no list of discounted destinations.  It is very vague.  Because of this, I would take a moment to search the IHG site for any upcoming trips you have between now and the end of March to see if there are any deals that catch your eye.  But these savings are not good enough that it is worth planning a trip around them.

IHG Double Points Plus More Promotion (Extended & Updated)

Booking dates:   Until December 31, 2018

Travel dates:   September 16 to December 16, 2018

Important terms & restrictions:

  • You must register for this promotion in advance of your first stay, no retroactive bonus points will be awarded for stays prior to registration
  • There is no limit on the amount of points you can earn per member for the double points portion of this offer
  • Targeted offers will vary by member, you must register to see which offers are available to you
  • Only one room per member per qualifying stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points

Promotion Link:   IHG Double Points Plus More Promotion

Good Deal or Not:

The base double points promotion is only ok.  But some of the targeted offers can make it a decent deal.

You earn 10 base points per $1 spent at most IHG hotels (5 IHG points per $1 spent at Staybridge Suites & Candlewood Suites), so this promotion can earn you an additional 10 bonus points for a total of 20 points per $1 spent.

The biggest caveat is that you must have two or more stays (non-consecutive nights) during the offer period to earn the double bonus points.  And IHG updated the promotion, so there is now no limit on the number of double bonus points you can earn.

In addition, IHG is targeting members with individually tailored offers after they register, which allows you to earn even more points.  My offer was disappointing, I was targeted for 4,000 bonus points when I booked a single stay of 4 nights or longer for a total of 19,000 potential bonus points.

A Preview of Some of The Targeted Offers You Could Receive.  Some Members Report Receiving as Many as 5 Additional Offers Worth Much More Than This Offer

Other members have been offered better bonuses through offers that varied from “Stay at 3 different IHG brands”, “Book 2 stays with the IHG App”, or “Stay 2 weekends.”

Team member Jason was targeted with an offer to earn double points on every stay up to 30,000 bonus points, which is 2X the standard maximum bonus.  But it would also require double the spending.

The Offers for This IHG Promotion Aren’t as Good as Their Other Deals Have Been in the Past

Remember that if you pay with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card, you’ll earn another 10 IHG points per $1.  And the card comes with automatic Platinum Elite Status, which gives you a 50% bonus on the base points you earn.  Together this could earn you 35 points per $1 (10 base points + 10 promotion bonus points + 10 card bonus points + 5 elite status points = 35 IHG points) spend PLUS any other bonus points earned by accomplishing your targeted offers.

I recommend taking a moment to register for the promotion just to see what targeted offers you are given.  Some of these deals are easier to earn than others and can really be worth it.  A friend of mine was offered 19,200 points for staying at 3 different IHG brands.  This can be just one night at each hotel brand.  And 19,200 bonus IHG points (on top of the double points and all other base points and bonus points) is an exceptional deal.

Between 30 and 45 IHG Points Per $1 at Avid Hotels

Booking dates:   Between August 1 and December 30, 2018

Travel dates:  August 13 to December 31, 2018

Important terms & restrictions:

  • You can earn no more than 15,000 bonus points per member for this offer (not including base points)
  • You’ll earn triple points for the total spend of all qualifying paid stays at the Avid hotel brand

Promotion Link:   IHG Triple Points Promotion

Good Deal or Not:

Good!  And even better than good if you have the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card.

When you stay at an IHG hotel, you’ll earn 10 base points per $1.  And with this promotion, you’ll earn an extra 20 points per $1, for a total of 30 points per $1!

I estimate that IHG points are generally worth ~0.7 cents each (though you can get much more or less from them).  So earning 30 points per $1 means you’re getting ~21% back in points (30 points per $1 X 0.7 cents each = 21 cents).

Plus, if you pay with the Chase IHG Premier, you’ll get another 10 points per $1.  And the card comes with automatic Platinum Elite Status, which gives you an extra 5 points per $1.

Add these all up, and you’ll get 45 IHG points per $1 at Avid hotels (10 base points + 20 bonus points for this promotion + 10 bonus points for using the Chase IHG Premier + 5 bonus points for having Platinum Elite Status = 45 points per $1).  That’s like getting 31% back in points (45 points per $1 X 0.7 cents each = 31.5 cents).  And you can even earn an additional 5 points per $1, if you happen to be an IHG Spire elite member!

There are painfully few Avid hotels.  Oklahoma City has the only open hotel at the moment.  But this promotion is worth switching your stays if you’re visiting the area.  I’m planning a trip to Oklahoma City for Thanksgiving, and I’ll probably use this promotion.

And don’t forget to book your stays through an online shopping portal for even more points or cash back!

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IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after spending $2,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening
  • Enjoy a Free Night after each account anniversary year at eligible IHG hotels worldwide. Plus, enjoy a free reward night when you redeem points for any stay of 4 or more nights
  • Earn 10 points per $1 spent when you stay at an IHG hotel
  • Earn 2 points per $1 spent on purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants. Earn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Platinum Elite status as long as you remain a Premier card member
  • Global Entry or TSA Pre✓® Fee Credit of up to $100 every 4 years as reimbursement for the application fee charged to your card
  • IHG Rewards Club Bonus points are redeemable at hotels such as InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Kimpton®, EVEN® Hotels, Indigo® Hotels & Holiday Inn®

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Good article, but I don’t think the section I pasted below is accurate as you can only book two nights max with PointBreak thus not being able to take advantage of the 4th night free with the credit card promo.

If one of the PointBreaks hotels work for your travels you could actually spend 4 nights at a 5,000 point per night PointBreaks hotel for just 15,000 points total. That’s just $75 for 4 nights or ~$19 per night!

Hi Mike,

The PointBreaks site says you can “only book two PointBreaks® Reward Nights reservations per hotel.”

The way it’s worded is confusing, but you can actually make up to 2 reservations per hotel, but those stays can be for multiple nights. I hope that helps.

Oh okay, thanks clarifying. Agreed it is confusing and I’ve only used the PointsBreak promo once or twice, but both times was just for one night each. So to confirm you can make a reservation for as many nights as you want (or as long as there is availability)? For example, I could make two separate reservations at the same hotel and one for 7 nights duration and the other 4 nights and each night is only 5,10, or 15k points depending on the hotel? If so that is great news.

That’s right, as long as there are available award nights the length of the stay isn’t limited!

Hi jason,

Tks for the excellent write-up.

If the hotel is booked under my wife’s ihg acct, to get the extra points from chase ihg credit card, can I charge to my ihg card instead of hers?

Yes, you can pay with any credit card.

alex, mine has a promo that earns 5k pts for staying at 2 brands, will booking with all pts be counted to earn the bonus? TIA

Hi Dan, unfortunately, stays booked with points won’t count toward the IHG Double Points promotion.

thx jason… guess that the pts + cash booking won’t count as well?

I don’t think it will, Dan. Here is what the terms say:

Bonus points are not issued for Non-Qualifying Room Rates or Non-Qualifying Stays. “Non-Qualifying Room Rates” or “Non-Qualifying Stay” include the following: net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, IHG® Rewards Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, rates booked through third-party web sites, complimentary hotel Stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate at IHG®’s sole discretion.

I didn’t see Points + Cash specifically listed, but I’m guessing it falls under the rewards night category.

thx for the details! need a stay later this wknd in denver, co where the HI xpress in Broomfiled has a 10k pt pt break; went ahead to book that with pt instead of cash rate @ $92/n