Shangri-La Golden Circle is more of a niche loyalty program, and not one I talk about much. That’s because they don’t have any useful transfer partners, and there aren’t that many ways to get outsized value from the program, in my opinion.
However, for those who do frequently stay at Shangri-La hotels, the great news is that the program sometimes offers discounts on awards, which can greatly help you maximize the value you get out of their points.
At the moment they have brought back one of their most lucrative promotions. You can receive 30% off award redemptions made by December 31, 2019, for stays through March 31, 2020.
The promotion is valid at all Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen, and Traders locations worldwide, with no property exclusions. This is as “no strings attached” as promotions get. You’ll automatically see the discounted price when booking awards.
I guess their ability to offer a promotion like this reflects that this is a significantly smaller loyalty program than the likes of Hilton Honors or Marriott Bonvoy, as we’d never see a promotion like this from them.
For reference, here are the normal redemption rates at Shangri-La properties, which range from 1,000 points per night at a Collection A property, to 20,000 points per night for a Collection G property:
Golden Circle members ordinarily earn one point per dollar spent on a stay (though sometimes there are promotions to earn more points). So ordinarily you’d need to spend $1,000-20,000 to get a free night, though when combined with a 30% off redemption promotion, you can potentially do better than that.
Shangri-La does sell Golden Circle points, but the cost is $130 per 1,000 points, so you typically won’t come out ahead buying points, even when factoring in this promotion.
If you want to maximize your value on revenue Shangri-La stays, make sure you book through the Shangri-La Luxury Circle program, where you’ll receive room upgrades, complimentary breakfast, and hotel credits. These rates are still eligible for points accrual.
Does anyone plan on redeeming Shangri-La Golden Circle points during this 30% off promotion?