Shangri-La Is Offering Up To 40% Off Award Redemptions

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, the program seems to be getting more competitive in some ways. As I wrote about earlier in the year, you can earn 100 points just for downloading the Shangri-La app and logging into your account through it. On top of that, Golden Circle members can earn double points for bookings made through the app, and triple points for bookings made through the app where mobile check-in or check-out is also used via the app. These promotions are valid through April 30, 2018, so you still have a bit of time to take advantage of them.

Shangri-La Paris

The program is now back with a fantastic sale that we’ve also seen in the past, which has the potential to be lucrative.

Specifically, you can receive 25-40% off award redemptions made by May 31, 2018, for stays through December 31, 2018. Specifically, you can receive:

  • 25% off a standard room redemption
  • 30% off a club room redemption
  • 40% off an executive suite redemption

The promotion is valid at all Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders locations worldwide, excluding Shangri-La Vancouver. 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 Rewards, 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 with the current app promotion can earn 2-3 points per dollar spent. When you combine that with 25-40% off the above redemption rates, that’s a pretty lucrative return on Shangri-La spend. Again, the issue is their lack of properties and how tough it is to acquire their points.

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.

Shangri-La Colombo

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.

Does anyone plan on redeeming Shangri-La Golden Circle points during this 25-40% off promotion?


  1. Shangri-La properties are amazing and you can get great rates in some of their properties in Asia.

  2. My albeit limited experience with Shangri-Las has been mixed. I’ve stayed at 3: Boracay, Yangon and Bangkok. Boracay was stellar but Yangon and Bangkok were meh… in-need of renovation and with only average service for a 5-star hotel.

  3. Baffled. So I cannot transfer points nor does it make sense to buy even during this promotion. If I am avid Shangri-La fan and stay often presumably I already know about this promotion. This post is I suppose a niche post about a niche program targeting a very niche readership?

  4. Perhaps someone in OMAAT can give a review of Shang’s Diamond Status treatment when staying at their various brands. I am always curious on it given the lack of coverage.

  5. I’m a big fan of the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto.

    It’s as good as the Four Seasons but at 2/3 the price.

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