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TODAY ONLY: Stack Kimpton’s “not so secret sale” with an Amex offer for big savings

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IHG’s boutique brand, Kimpton, is mid-way through a two-day flash sale that’s offering some incredible savings on stays across the brand’s worldwide portfolio, and by stacking this sale with a current Amex offer, your savings will get even better. Theoretically, savings of up to 52% should be possible but keep your expectations in check as the actual savings on offer probably won’t be quite that amazing.

The Kimpton “Not So Secret” Flash Sale

Kimpton’s “not so secret” sale is currently offering up to 40% off the best flexible rate at properties across the world, but bookings have to be made by the end of today, 13 October 2021.

Here are the key details that you need to know:

  • Get 40% off Kimpton’s Best Flexible Rate
  • Offer is subject to availability and valid for stays October 15, 2021 through April 30, 2022 at participating hotels.
  • Offer must be booked by October 13, 2021.
  • There are a limited number of discounted rooms available each night at participating hotels.
  • Cancelation within three days of arrival results in charge of the one-night stay.
  • Additional taxes and fees may apply.
  • Not valid in conjunction with any other promotions or offers.
  • Not valid for discounted or negotiated rates, groups, or existing reservations

Full terms and conditions can be found on the sale page.

Stack The Sale With An Amex Offer

Right now, American Express is offering $60 back on $300 of spending made at InterContinental or Kimpton properties in the United States (details) and this is an offer that should stack nicely with the current Kimpton sale.

Note: While the Kimpton sale is valid for properties worldwide, the Amex offer is only valid for properties in the United States. This is an unfortunate limitation but as most of Kimpton’s properties are located in the US, it probably won’t be a big issue for most people.

The Math (& Reality)

Theoretically, someone booking a $500 stay that Kimpton has reduced by 40% (a $200 saving) with an American Express card to which they’ve saved the targeted offer (a further $60 saving) will save a total of $260. That would represent a saving of 52%.

Sadly, that’s not quite how things will work in reality.

Firstly, while some Kimpton properties will be offering a 40% discount on the best flexible rate on some dates between now and 30 April 2021, the more popular properties will be offering discounts more in the 20% – 30% range.

Secondly, the sale’s discount is being offered on a property’s “best flexible rate” that’s available to travelers that aren’t members of IHG Rewards. Anyone who’s a member of IHG Rewards (free to join here) can book a cheaper rate and so the overall discount won’t be as high as the marketing material may suggest.

Still, having said all of that and having (hopefully) set expectations at a reasonable level, I should also point out that there are still some very good deals available and that the savings on offer are well worth having – I’ve seen an opportunity to book the Kimpton La Peer with a 32% discount so I may lock that in for friends that will be visiting LA later this year.

The Search

The Kimpton sale rates will not be available at all properties on all the dates between now and the end of April next year but you’ll know if the rate you’re being offered is a sale rate as the IHG website will make it pretty obvious.

Kimpton’s not so secret sale rate displayed

If your search gives results that don’t mention the sale (i.e. you’ve picked dates where the sale rate is not available)…

…don’t go back to the original search page if your dates are flexible and this is a property that you’d really like to visit.

Instead, click on a regular rate that the search results page is displaying and the next window that opens should give you the option to view a calendar showing you the dates on which the sale rates are being offered.

Click to view a calendar showing the dates on which the sale rate is available

The dates in white boxes offer the sale rate

Note: The dates on which sale rates are available can vary considerably from property to property so you may have to be a little flexible if you’re to get a great deal at your preferred location.

Bottom Line

Today is the last day of a 2-day flash sale in which Kimpton is offering up to 40% off its best flexible rates. On its own, this sale can represent excellent value but if you can stack it with the current targeted Amex offer for Kimpton properties in the US, the savings available can be impressive.

Featured image: Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara courtesy of IHG

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