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Not had your free Shangri-La meal yet? Avios conversion now an option

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A lot of Head for Points readers earned 1,000 – 1,200 Shangri-La Golden Circle points in a promotion they ran last October.  The reason this offer was so popular is that 1,000 points could be turned into a $100 Shangri-La food and drink voucher and, with Shangri-La due to open their hotel in The Shard in London, it offered a great opportunity for a couple to get $200 of free food and drink.

If you have not already redeemed your points, there is another option – for a limited period only.

Until the end of the year, Shangri-La Golden Circle has reduced the minimum number of points that can be transferred into airline schemes to 1,000.

Even better, there is a 25% bonus on airline transfers into British Airways, Miles & More, Enrich, Asia Miles, Velocity or Phoenix Miles.  BA transfers must be done by the end of November whilst the other five airlines are offering a bonus until the end of December.

Shangri La miles conversion

What does this mean?

You now have a choice.  Obviously it is SUBSTANTIALLY better value to use 1,000 Shangri-La points for a $100 food and drink voucher rather than convert them into 1,000 airline miles.

However, if you realistically think that you will struggle to use your points in a Shangri-La hotel before they expire, this offers you a decent opportunity to use them for something else.  Shangri-La is a partner with 27 airlines so you could receive (with the 25% bonus) 1250 Avios, 1250 Miles & More miles, 1000 Virgin Flying Club miles etc.

Here is the small print of the bonus miles promotion:

Eligible Golden Circle members will receive 25% Bonus Miles when they convert GC Award Points between noon (HK Time) of 3 October 2014  and noon (HK Time) of 31 December 2014 into miles of the selected participating Frequent Flyer Programmes (except British Airways Executive Club valid until 30 November 2014) . 3) A minimum of 1,000 GC Award Points is required for each conversion request with additional point conversions made in increments of 500 GC Award Points. 4) Once the conversion is made, no amendment or cancellation is allowed.  The conversion is non-reversible and non-redeemable for cash. 5) The 25% Bonus Miles will be awarded upon confirmation of the conversion request and credited to the selected Frequent Flyer Programmes within 6 to 8 weeks after the completion of promotion.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (47)

  • Maria says:

    So if you got the bonus points from last Octobers offer (was it really that long ago?!) – will they expire at the end of this year?

    Do you need to just convert them before then or can will any vouchers expire by then. Thanks

    • TimS says:

      End of 2015

    • Rob says:

      I think those whose accounts got locked and then unlocked found the expiry date reset to Dec 2015. Others may be left with Dec 2014.

      • YL says:

        Mine expiring date has always been Dec 2015.
        Just had the account unlocked last week, and the expiring date remained the same as December 2015.

  • squills says:

    Not sure why I’m getting excited 😉

    1250 Avs is only £5.20 in Tesco Clubcard points lol

    I think I’d prefer to rescue my Shangris and at least have the opp of $100 x 2 nosh-up in London next year sometime 😉

  • John D says:

    I had my account blocked too which I subsequently reset by sending scan of passport. All sorted out very quickly and account now shows as points expiring December 2015. This is very handy as we are travelling en familie to bangkok July 2015 and plan to use credit plus my wife’s at the Bangkok Shangri las for an authentic Thai meal at the Salathip Restaurant. The 2 lots of credits should just about cover the meal. thanks for tips on the promo last year Rob.

    • JamesWag says:

      If these come as vouchers anyone can use and some of you won’t be able to make it to a participating resteraunt, I’d be willing to take them off your hands for the cash value of the associated Tesco Clubcard vouchers needed to get the equivalant Vios points; £5.20.

      Any takers ?!

      Miffed I missed out on this deal last October (foolishly hadn’t found this excellent site at that point).

      • TimS says:

        I doubt anyone would take you up on the offer of swapping a $100 food voucher for £5.20 cash if they could be redeemed by anyone!

        They’d get for more than that on ebay for a start!

        At the very least you could offer people a price equivalent to 1p per avios (ie £12.50) for the $100 voucher. I still don’t think you get any takers though.

        • JamesWag says:

          I’m well aware no one would accept that offer, it was tongue in cheek.

          Lighten up 🙂

  • Paul says:

    I was in the Traders Dubai a couple of weeks ago for a four night stay.

    I used 2 x $50 vouchers for lunch and dinner (on different days) it was easy enough to spend and the rib-eye steak was delicious!

    Thanks Raffles, wouldn’t have seen the promo without reading headforpoints

  • ankomonkey says:

    Has anyone eating in the Paris Shangri-La, either La Bauhinia set lunch or afternoon tea? If so, how did you find it?

  • squills says:

    Reactivated my a/c without the faff of sending passport etc, just did it all online under ‘Activate my account’.

    1,000 Points will expire on 31 Dec 2015

    So you get another year