News in brief:
Got any Shangri-La points left to use?
If you have any Shangri-La Golden Circle points left from their 2013 promotion, they are likely to be expiring at the end of the year. At the moment, the minimum transfer to airline miles, which includes Avios, has been reduced to 1,000 points which means that you are able to redeem.
This is a far poorer deal than getting $100 of free food and drink at a Shangri-La hotel but if you haven’t managed to get to one then you do have an alternative.
Gatwick Airport joining Oyster leading to price falls
From January, you will be able to use Oyster pay-as-you-go or any contactless payment card to travel on Thameslink or Southern train services from London to Gatwick, excluding Gatwick Express.
As part of this move, the cost of train to travel to Gatwick will fall as it aligns with standard Oyster pricing zones. East Croydon to Gatwick Airport will drop to £3 each way off-peak, for example. A single trip from London will fall to £14 at peak times and £8 off peak.
Triple PartnerPlusBenefit points to Geneva
Finally, if you are travelling to Geneva from London or Dublin on SWISS before the end of January 2016, you will earn triple points in the Star Alliance PartnerPlusBenefit small business programme.
You need to register via the ‘Special Promotions’ page of your PartnerPlusBenefit account. If you are not already a member, you can register your company here.