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.


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.

500 free Hilton HHonors points for 30 seconds work (potentially)
40,000 points (= 40,000 Avios) sign-up bonus for Amex Platinum via a special link

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

    • 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

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

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

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

      Better than losing them, I guess

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