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News in brief:

A great video of Heathrow’s Radisson RED in 1964!

Two weeks ago we ran a review of the new Radisson RED hotel at London Heathrow. This is part of the old Park Inn hotel, which has now had its 950+ rooms split into two hotels – a Radisson RED and a standard Radisson.

You probably don’t know that the hotel itself dates back to 1964, when it was the first hotel to open at the airport.

A reader sent a link to this fantastic video on the British Pathe website. It is a 2 min 25 secs video of the opening event, filmed in classic 1964 newsreel style. It is well worth a watch.

Radisson RED Heathrow
It didn’t look like this in 1964 …..

Shangri-La Golden Circle extends expiry

If you are sitting on any unused Shangri-La Golden Circle hotel points, the company has decided to postpone expiring any points at the end of the year.

All balances will now be protected until 31st December 2021.

This is a good move, as Golden Circle points have a ‘hard’ expiry. Irrespective of activity, they usually expire at the end of the 3rd calendar year after you earn them.

The company has already announced a one year status extension for all elite members.

If you are sitting on some Golden Circle points, keep an eye out for an interesting announcement later this week ……

Full details of all Shangri-La covid policies covering everything from stays to status can be found here.

This offer will double up with IHG’s new ‘double points’ promotion. You will earn double base points on all cash stays between 1st October and 15th December. You MUST register before your stay via this link. Use code 44480 if needed.


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How to get Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade status from American Express (January 2021)

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. 

We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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

Comments (17)

  • John says:

    If we have a totally cancelled QR Y trip can we change to any date in 2021 regardless of booking class, as long as Y seats are available?