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Bits: Gatwick train ticket prices cut, Shangri-La airline transfer deal, PartnerPlusBenefit promo

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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.

Golden Circle

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.

You can find full details on the Thameslink website.

PartnerPlusBenefit

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.

Comments (41)

  • RIccati says:

    SPG & Mariott sent out an announcement of the merger.

    But the business underpinnin/economic sense of the deal is shaky. 200 million in synergies are less then premium Marriott is paying for Starwood. Going to be struggle among stakeholders to complete the deal.

    The email today is re-assuring about Starwood points.

    However, it takes one person on executive level to decide to squeeze cash out of the program and the value is gone/reduced. We already have the differential in miles between Category 6 properties and decent Category 3 as 25K vs 5K per night. If the corporate does not rein hotels in, brand deterioration is also a risk.

  • ND says:

    Hi, sorry off topic ..but really hoping someone might have experience of this and be able to clarify?: …. I’ve triggered and redeemed 2 x 2-4-1 for 4 LHR to SEA return in 1st for next October. With all tickets safely showing as booked now in my BA account, I’ve called AMEX to cancel mine and my wife’s BA Amex cards (both downgraded from BA AMEX PLAT after triggering the initial bonus) only to be told that I should keep the cards and can only safely cancel (without affecting 2-4-1 booking) after I have taken the redemption flights ..ie end of next October …. is this true? or is this a call center person not fully aware of Ts&Cs around 2-4-1s?

    • Jason says:

      Never had a problem have cancelled as well as downgraded always kept voucher each when not yet booked

    • Rob says:

      You are fine, unless you cancel your 241 booking – there is a risk that the voucher does not come back.

      • Sam G says:

        I cancelled the card and then had to cancel booking and the voucher came back though neither BA or Amex seemed sure if it would !

  • harry says:

    Another O/T

    We all know about 100 free Tesco points for an insurance date https://www.renewals.tescobank.com/

    NEW Add onto that 250 points for a home insurance quote, added at end of process.

    350 points = 840 Avios for a couple of minutes’ work

  • Evelyn says:

    Shangri la website now excludes shard from eligible hotels to spend dining points. Is this new?

    • TimS says:

      As far as I can see, the Shard is excluded from “Instand Dining Awards” (though this has always been the case.

      I don’t see it on the excluded list for regular F&B non-room redemptions though. The only ones excluded from regular F&B redemption are:

      -Seventh Son at China World Summit Wing, Beijing,
      -Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai
      -Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen
      -Collage Bar at Hotel Jen, Upper East Beijing
      -The Rocks Teppanyaki and Harts Pub at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
      -The Act Dubai and Junoon at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai
      -Momofuku Noodle Bar at Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto

      • Tom says:

        …how do these differ from instant dining? Can you still use them in the Shard restaurants? How?!

  • Max says:

    Pls advice, how I can spend 800 Shangri La points before they expire, at the end of this year?

    • harry says:

      Just converted our 2000 points to Avios, what an admission of failure 🙂

      Better than losing them, I guess