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The Kimpton Annual Sale was supposed to start today, October 12th, but Kimpton quietly released the link late last night. My Twitter friend (and fellow Kimpton devotee) Tom shared the news that the Kimpton Annual Sale is only valid through December 30, 2017. For people like me, this is horrible news because we were all hoping to get a head start on qualifying for 2019 Kimpton Karma Rewards Inner Circle status based on 2018 stays.
Kimpton Annual Sale
Tom tagged me on a Tweet letting me know that the Kimpton Annual Sale was now live and available until October 16, 2017… and he shared the bad news that we could only book through December 30, 2017.
Sale is at https://t.co/eA8IEvDYKI
— Tom Mackay (@A6BN) October 12, 2017
We’re both bummed.
My Revised Kimpton Annual Sale Strategy
I’ll still book a couple of nights because I have 9 nights on my Kimpton Journey. If you stay at 10 unique Kimpton properties in a calendar year, you receive 2 free nights good at any Kimpton Hotel.
I have two nights planned already – one in Chicago during the Chicago Seminars and another in Nashville paired with my Inner Circle free night at the Kimpton Aertson. I’m going to rebook those nights to earn double credits and try to reduce the rate I’m paying.
Those two stays already planned will give me 11 uniques. If I book 4 more Kimpton stays at unique hotels during this sale, it will give me another free night based on Kimpton Journey reaching 15 unique hotels. And, those 4 stays will give me another 8 stay credits, providing another free night because you receive 1 free night every 7 stays with Kimpton.
It’s not the most ideal because I would have rather booked these additional stays during 2018 so they could count towards 2019 Inner Circle qualification… but I’m still looking to maximize the rewards as much as I can.
Kimpton’s Twitter Response
Instead of just getting mad, I reached out to Kimpton to ask what is going on.I have a good relationship with Kimpton, so they respond pretty quickly when I reach to them. I asked why 2018 wasn’t available with the Kimpton Annual Sale because (in year’s past) you could book dates through February of the following year.
I have a good relationship with Kimpton, so they respond pretty quickly when I reach to them. I asked why 2018 wasn’t available with the Kimpton Annual Sale because (in year’s past) you could book dates through February of the following year.
We understand the concern, Lee. But trust us, we have some great stuff in store soon with Cyber Monday. *wink wink*
— Kimpton (@Kimpton) October 12, 2017
So, it seems that Kimpton will be offering some special promotions during Cyber Monday this year.
The Bald Thoughts
As with anything in travel, what has happened in the past isn’t always going to stay the same going forward. Hotels and airlines are always tweaking their loyalty programs based on demand and the bottom line. I hope that Kimpton’s Cyber Monday sale provides some great opportunities for us going into 2018 as they hinted at via Twitter. If you haven’t already achieved Inner Circle status for 2018, this is still a great opportunity to qualify with the double stay credits and discounted rates.