Shangri-La Golden Circle

Shangri-La Golden Circle is the loyalty scheme for the Shangri-La, Traders, Kerry and Hotel Jen chains of hotels. You can use your points for free rooms or convert them into frequent flyer miles, including Avios points. Free Jade status is available if you take out an American Express Platinum card.  Here are articles on the scheme, including its new partnership with Taj:

Shangri-La launches ‘double points’ promotion – no stay required

Shangri-La Hotels, which includes the Traders, Kerry and JEN brands, is launching a new double points promotion today. Once registered, you will receive double Golden Circle points on all stays until 31st August. Golden Circle points can be used for restaurant or bar credit, or […]

Shangri-La Group launches new hotel customer care guidelines

Hong Kong-based hotel group Shangri-La is the latest hotel group to announce a chain-wide set of guidelines and commitments towards traveller well-being.  This will apply across the Shangri-La, Kerry, JEN and Traders brands. Called ‘Shangri-La Cares’, what makes this different from similar statements I have seen […]

Blacklane will no longer award airline miles or hotel points when you ride

We’ve covered the Blacklane chauffeur service a few times in the past.  It isn’t cheap, but their global coverage is excellent.  If you wanted to have a professional driver and a reliable car meet you at the airport they were a good choice, especially as […]

Shangri-La Golden Circle to extend the status of ALL members

Most of the major hotel companies have told members who live in China and selected other parts of Asia that their status is safe for 2021.  They will not need to requalify this year. Shangri-La Golden Circle has gone one step further.  It is extending […]

The little-known way that Amex Platinum gets you Star Alliance Silver and fast track Star Alliance Gold

One of the quirks of American Express Platinum is that you get more benefits than Amex actually tells you about.  This is because some American Express partners have reciprocal deals with other companies. For example, there is a partnership between Shangri-La Hotels and Taj Hotels.  You […]

How to earn miles and get 10% off your first ride globally with Blacklane chauffeur cars

Blacklane is, to some extent, the Uber of high end airport transfers – although Uber, of course, runs high-end cars itself in many cities including London. You can find out more on their website here. Long-term readers may remember that we ran a competition with […]

Get a 35% bonus on hotel points transfers to Avios – but is it a good deal?

It was due a return and now it is back.  I’m talking about the ‘bonus when you transfer your hotel loyalty points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion. The ba.com page for the offer can be found here. When you transfer hotel loyalty points to Avios by 2nd […]

News: congratulations to BA’s IT team, 20% bonus on Etihad transfers

News in brief: Congratulations to BA’s IT department The British Airways IT department generally has very little to celebrate, but it has managed to hit a remarkable milestone this week. The new British Airways iPad app has just received its 1,000th one-star review.  Since virtually […]

Are the six free Amex Platinum hotel status cards worth having?

If you’re looking to get yourself some hotel status cards quickly, there is no easier route than getting The Platinum Card from American Express. It comes with SIX hotel status cards.  Five of these are given to you directly and one requires you to complete […]

LAST CALL: Get a 30% bonus on hotel transfers to Avios

Here is your final reminder that Sunday 31st March is your last chance to take part in the ‘bonus when you transfer your hotel loyalty points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion. The ba.com page for the offer can be found here. When you transfer hotel […]

How to get free hotel elite status from UK credit and charge cards

This article looks at the different ways you can get elite status with hotel chains via UK credit and charge cards. If you are just getting started with miles and points, you have probably realised by now that your travel life could be improved if […]

IT’S BACK: Get a 30% bonus on hotel point transfers to Avios – but is it a good deal?

It was due a return and now it is back.  I’m talking about the ‘bonus when you transfer your hotel loyalty points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion. The ba.com page for the offer can be found here. When you transfer hotel loyalty points to British Airways, you […]

Why Taj Inner Circle Gold is your semi-secret sixth Amex Platinum hotel status

If you want to gain status at a number of hotel chains quickly, you have two options.  One is to start spending every night of the week in a hotel, potentially changing property every day because qualifying on stays is usually quicker than on nights.. […]

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