So maybe acquisitions aren’t all that bad. Many moons ago, I lamented the InterContinental (IHG) acquisition of boutique chain (if there is such a thing) Kimpton. I had described Kimpton as the best hotel company that you had never heard of, and that wasn’t far from the truth. They offered high-touch service with hotels that reflected the cities in which they were located, but did so at a reasonable price. And then they got bought. Here’s a hint: The program hasn’t gotten better.
But Here Are Some Bonus Points…
It’s not all bad news, though. When you are owned by a larger corporation, they have the ability to offer bonuses that you are not able to. So, as part of its Accelerate promotion, IHG is offering 10,000 points with your next Kimpton property stay before April 1. You will, of course, still get your base points. If you’re not signed up for IHG, you should do so, since it costs you nothing. 10,000 points is not going to get you to the InterContinental in Paris, but it will get you a night at the lowest category hotels.
Note that you can get 60,000 points and that night at the InterContinental in Paris for free each year by signing up for the IHG credit card, but I’d wait until the bonus is 80,000 to sign up, not now at 60,000, unless you’re in a real hurry to get those points.
Thanks to Frequent Miler, where I first saw the post.
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