Update: January 27, 2010 – I interpreted this Kimpton InTouch charity offer incorrectly in my original Loyalty Traveler post. Generally I don’t even bother calling the hotel company to discuss promotion details due to the high probability of getting bad information. This was actually an instance where I talked to a Kimpton Hotels representative before writing the original post and I basically got it all wrong anyway.
The Kimpton Hotels offer for InTouch members who make a $50+ donation to Doctors Without Borders is one stay and night credit towards the free night InTouch members earn after 7 stays or 20 nights at Kimpton Hotels.
“For those members who donate $50 or more, a bonus credit will be applied to your InTouch account. This bonus credit will be applied to your next free night in 2010. Please forward your email confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org.“
So what does this mean?
Kimpton InTouch is not a points-based hotel loyalty program. The InTouch program offers members a free night after 7 stays or 20 nights. Free night qualifying stay and night credit are cumulative year to year. If you joined Kimpton InTouch in 2009 and had 3 hotel stays with 5 nights, then you would only need 4 more hotel stays or 15 nights to earn a free night.
The $50 donation to Doctors Without Borders will count towards your free night credit by adding one stay and one night credit to your account. If your account shows 3 stays and 5 nights, then a $50 donation will put your account at 4 stays and 6 nights.
I apologize to Kimpton Hotels and my readers for incorrectly interpreting the Kimpton Haiti Relief offer.
As I understand this offer, say you donate $100 to Doctors Without Borders, then when you redeem a free night credit in 2010 you will receive a $100 credit to use at the hotel for services like restaurant, spa, room service, and such.
If you already have a free night in your Kimpton account, then this offer is a great deal. You will need to complete 7 stays or 20 nights to earn a free night if you are new to Kimpton InTouch.