IHG in plans to merge IHG Rewards Club and Kimpton Karma Rewards

InterContinental Hotels Group announced plans to bring together its two distinctive loyalty programs—IHG Rewards Club and Kimpton Karma Rewards. In early 2018, Kimpton Karma Rewards, the loyalty program of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, will become a part of IHG Rewards Club and offer all members one program with a single reward point system.

Members from both IHG Rewards Club and Kimpton Karma will benefit from the breadth of hotel options and redemption possibilities this combined program will offer, in addition to the following:

  • Kimpton Karma members will be automatically enrolled in IHG Rewards Club, gaining access to nearly 5,300 hotels, including 11 additional IHG brands in almost 100 countries. In turn, IHG Rewards Club members will now be able to earn reward points and redeem Reward Nights at more than 60 Kimpton boutique hotels across urban locations, up-and-coming cities, and resort destinations.
  • Kimpton Karma members will enjoy the ability to accelerate higher tier status and earn more benefits with personalized incentives and promotions. Members can also earn points through IHG partners for everyday activities like renting a car, ordering flowers, shopping, dining, and more.
  • Kimpton Karma members will enjoy the many benefits that have made IHG Rewards Club an industry best program, including discounted rates when booking direct, value-priced Reward Nights with no blackout dates, no cancellation penalties, online reward redemption, and the opportunity to redeem with hundreds of partners, including airline miles. Members also have access to digital innovations such as the industry’s first mobile app, as well as mobile check-out and stay preferences. The IHG Rewards Club Concierge shopping experience also offers members the ability to redeem points for everything from event tickets and experiences, to exchanging points for a variety of items.
  • As part of the Kimpton experience—in addition to exclusive Kimpton offers—invitations to private events and more will continue.

IHG Rewards Club members may begin earning rewards and redeeming them at Kimpton properties and will have their IHG Rewards Club current status recognized and receive all applicable in-hotel benefits, starting in early 2018.

All Kimpton Karma earned reward nights will be honored. Karma member tier levels will map to IHG Rewards Club membership levels, and activity accrued toward an earned night will be converted into IHG Rewards Club points. Karma InnerCircle will continue to exist at Kimpton hotels and will be grandfathered into the program in 2018.

More information on the merger can be found here.

Source: InterContinental Hotels Group