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Say This Phrase to Get a Free Hotel Room Upgrade This Summer

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Kimpton Kitalay Samui, Thailand
Kimpton Kitalay Samui/IHG

You can earn fun (and free) surprises at your next 2022 summer Kimpton® hotel stay just by using a social password when you check in.

The surprise could be a complimentary breakfast, food or beverage credit at the bar or restaurant, a bottle of wine, “raid the mini bar” credit, room upgrade, free IHG® points, free parking, Kimpton-branded swag, or something else. The surprise varies by hotel property. 

To get the free surprise, simply work the Kimpton social password phrase “stay cool” into your conversation with the front desk upon check-in. That’s it! The password is valid until September 5, 2022.

Kimpton hotels are part of the IHG hotel brand portfolio, and you can earn free stays at Kimpton hotels by redeeming IHG points or IHG free night certificates — like those that come with the IHG Rewards Premier credit card. It is also possible to transfer points from programs such as Chase Ultimate Rewards® or Bilt® to IHG, though this usually yields a lower redemption value per point compared to redeeming points at other partnered hotels and airlines.

In addition to the annual free anniversary hotel night, the IHG Rewards Premier credit card comes with a $100 TSA PreCheck®/Global Entry credit every four years, the ability to enjoy a free fourth night when you redeem points for any stay of four or more nights, and automatic IHG Platinum Elite status.

Related Read: A Guide to Chase Ultimate Travel Rewards

The Kimpton brand is one of the most popular IHG hotel brands thanks to regular happy hours and having pet-friendly hotels for guests who enjoy bringing their pets along on vacation. Platinum Elite members also receive an automatic $10 credit to use at the Kimpton in-room mini bar or at the hotel bar or restaurant, in addition to any gifts from using the Kimpton social password “stay cool” in summer 2022. 

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs
Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs/IHG

Kimpton currently has 80 hotel properties worldwide: 62 in North America, two in Latin America/Caribbean, eight in Europe, six in the Asia Pacific, and one in Australia, with more locations opening soon worldwide.

Discover the full list of Kimpton destinations or see them below.

The Kimpton North America destinations include:

  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bozeman, Montana
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Cleaveland, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Huntington Beach, California
  • Key West, Florida
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Manchester, Vermont
  • Miami, Florida
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • New Orleans, Lousiana
  • New York City, New York
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Palm Springs, California
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Sacramento, California
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Diego, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Santa Barabara, California
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Vero Beach, Florida
  • Washington DC
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina

New Kimpton hotels are scheduled to open in the United States in:

  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Garden Grove, California
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Roswell, Georgia
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • St. Louis, Missouri

Europe destinations include:

Kimpton St Honoré Paris
Kimpton St Honoré Paris/IHG
  • Paris, France
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Mallorca, Spain
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Glasgow, Scotland
  • London, England
  • Manchester, England

Future Kimpton hotels are scheduled to open in Europe in:

  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Asia Pacific destinations include:

  • Sydney, Australia
  • Suzhou, China
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Koh Samui, Thailand

Future Asia Pacific Kimpton hotels are scheduled to open in:

  • Hong Kong, China
  • Sanya, China
  • Shanghai, China
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Khao Yai, Thailand

The Caribbean and Latin American destinations include Grand Gayman, Cayman Islands, and Tulum, Mexico, with future Kimpton hotels scheduled to open in Roatan, Honduras, and Mexico City, Mexico.

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Julia Menez
Julia Menez
Julia Menez is a points and miles personal finance coach, travel expert, and host of the Geobreeze Travel Podcast. After traveling to over 30 countries before age 30 and saving thousands of dollars along the way with points and miles, Julia provides easy-to-practice advice to consumers on how to get the most out of their credit card benefits, including trip protection and luxury travel opportunities. Julia’s strategies have been featured in The New York Times, US News & World Report, Fodor’s Travel, and Business Insider, and her podcast was nominated in the 2021 Plutus Awards for “Best New Personal Finance Podcast.”

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