Shangri-La offering up to 40% off redemptions with latest Golden Circles promotion

Book by 31 May 2018. Stay by 31 December 2018.

Golden Circle is currently running a room redemption promotion where you can get up to 40% off of what it would normally cost you in points. This promotion runs from now until 31 May 2018 and stays are valid from 3 April to 31 December 2018.

Tiered discount redemption

If you were to book a Standard Room with your Golden Circle points, you’ll be receiving a 25% discount on the points required. For a Club Room, you’ll be getting 30% off the points needed and 40% off if you were to book an Executive Suite. Golden Circle has 7 redemption categories and the bulk of the hotels in South East Asia can be found within Category A,B and C.

These are the points required for a redemption during this promotion, rates shown below reflect the respective discounts:

Category /Room Type Standard Club Room Executive Suite
A 750 1400 1800
B 1500 2450 3300
C 2625 3500 4200
D 3750 4900 5400
E 4875 5950 7200
F 7125 9800 12000
G 15000 N.A N.A

Shangri-La at The Shard London, a category G hotel (Photo Credits : Shangri-La)

How to earn GC points?

You’ll earn 1 GC Point per USD spent on room rates during a stay and Jade and Diamond members earn an additional 25% bonus and 50% bonus respectively. You’ll also earn them at food and beverage places when dining in a Shangri-La group property or when heading for a spa treatment at CHI, The Spa.

You could also purchase GC points at a cost of 130 GC points for USD13. Which is frankly quite expensive so I wouldn’t recommend purchasing GC points for a stay.

Infinite Journeys partnership

If you’re lacking Golden Circle points, they can technically  be transferred from various airline programs like Singapore Airlines which have a unique partnership with the Shangri-La group called “Infinite Journeys”. Under this partnership, you can transfer miles to GC points at a ratio of 12 miles : 1 GC point. Although I strongly recommend you not to do so as this is just super duper poor value of using your miles. Even if you argue that you could purchase 10,000 miles at S$192.80 with your annual fee and convert them to 833 GC points, there’s still no property in Category A during this sale which costs way more than S$192.80.  

Concluding Thoughts

If you’re swimming in GC points, you might want to give this promotion a look as there might be some hotels which are worth redeeming for. Otherwise if you’re severely lacking in GC points and don’t have enough for a room redemption which would give you great value, you might be better off converting them to F&B vouchers for use at The Line. Which is actually what I’m doing with the small stash of expiring Golden Circle points.

Matthew Chong
Addicted to luxury travel while trying not to go broke, Matthew is always on the prowl for the best deals in the travel industry. When he's not busy studying, he can be found trawling the internet and reading up on credit cards, airlines and hotels. He also wouldn't mind taking you out on a date.

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