So its time for acceptance.
They never considered wanting to be an IHG Rewards Club elite member.
Still this move is good for existing IHG Rewards Club members (more redemption options but its not good for Kimpton Karma Rewards members (sanitization of whats unique about their recognition program).
Weve had 3 years to go through all the various stages of grief.IHG has a good earn and burn program, but is weak on elite benefits.More From View from the Wing.Although theyve trialed actual benefits on a limited basis at some hotels.The non-elite conversion rate is offensively bad.Combining loyalty programs is going to happen in early 2018.
This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear).The group added that Karma InnerCircle (the schemes top tier) will continue to exist at Kimpton hotels and will be grandfathered into the program in 2018.With the increased portfolio of hotels 80 times more hotels than what weve been able to offer our members can now travel all around the world earning and redeeming points, including new international Kimpton destinations.IHG completed its acquisition of Kimpton in 2015, and has gradually been expanding the brand outside of the US, with the first European property opening in Amsterdam this year.Folding Kimpton into IHG gives the small hotel chain a platform to expand.Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002.Compare that to the current Kimpton elite program: This is Good for IHG, Could Have Been Better for Customers.
Kimpton currently awards a free night every 7 stays or 20 nights.
Commenting on the news Kathleen Reidenbach, chief commercial officer, Kimpton, said: Becoming part of IHG Rewards Club allows us to answer some common requests from our Kimpton Karma Rewards members, such as no blackout dates, online redemption, and perhaps the pinnacle of it all,.