AMEX Platinum Charge members in Singapore enjoy elite status with several hotel chains, one of which is Shangri-La. Cardholders receive instant Golden Circle Jade status, so long as their card is active.
Or should I say, “received”. There have been rumours that the benefit may not be long for this world, after Platinum Charge members in Germany, Hong Kong and Australia lost theirs.
Unfortunately, it looks like Singapore will be next in line. As per an American Express spokesperson I reached out to:
“Effective 1 April 2021, Shangri-La’s Golden Circle Jade Membership will no longer be a benefit for Platinum Members in Singapore.
Eligible Platinum Members who have enrolled in the benefit by 31 March 2021 will continue to receive their membership benefits in line with the expiry date outlined within the membership page on https://www.shangri-la.com/en/corporate/golden-circle/. We will focus on our continued partnership with Shangri-La and their properties as part of our Fine Hotels & Resorts and The Hotel Collection program.”
tl;dr: if you haven’t registered for your Golden Circle Jade upgrade yet, there’s no time like the present. You’ll receive Jade benefits for the rest of 2021, as well as 2022.
|This is based on the principle that you “qualified” for Jade in 2021, so you have 1-31 December 2022 to “requalify” for Jade membership in 2023|
If you’ve already claimed your Jade status upgrade before 2021, you’ll enjoy it all the way until 31 December 2021.
What are the benefits of Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade?
Golden Circle Jade status usually requires 20 nights or 10 stays within a calendar year. The main benefit is the free breakfast and room upgrades, although you also earn 25% more GC points than a base member.
|Priority check-in/out at Club Lounge||✅|
|Free breakfast in restaurant||✅|
|Free breakfast in restaurant/ lounge||✅|
|Club Lounge access||✅|
|Concierge services for non-staying guests||✅|
|Guaranteed room availability||✅||✅|
|11 a.m check-in, 4 p.m check-out*||✅|
|8 a.m check-in, 6 p.m check-out*||✅|
|Free suit pressing||✅|
|Free use of selected resort facilities||✅|
|Bonus GC Award Points||✅||✅|
|*Subject to availability|
The loss of Jade status also means no more enhanced rates on F&B redemptions. Shangri-La allows Golden Circle members to redeem points for F&B credit at Shangri-La and JEN hotels worldwide. The rate is usually 10 GC points= US$1, but Jade and Diamond members enjoy 25% more value.
|Value per 10 GC points||US$1||US$1.25||US$1.25|
|Shangri-La offers two different redemption options for F&B credit. The first is a fixed value certificate of US$50/$100 for 500/1,000 points. The second is through The Table, which lets you spend points at US$1 (or US$1.25 for Jade/Diamond) per 10 points. The latter is obviously much more flexible, and offers better value to Jade/Diamond members.|
No more KrisFlyer Elite Gold fast track
One of the lesser-known benefits of Golden Circle Jade is a fast track to KrisFlyer Elite Gold. Thanks to the Infinite Journeys partnership, Jade members can register and get instant KrisFlyer Elite Silver status. By completing three flights within four months of registration, they will be upgraded to Elite Gold. A “flight” refers to every time you set foot on a plane, so one and a half round-trips would do it.
Again, it’s not too late. Existing Golden Circle Jade members will be able to apply for the fast track offer any time up till their membership expires. The bigger problem is figuring out when international travel will open up again.
No more Taj InnerCircle match
An even lesser-known benefit was the opportunity to match Golden Circle status to Taj’s InnerCircle program under the Warmer Welcomes partnership. Golden Circle Jade matches to Taj InnerCircle Gold, which doesn’t offer all that much to be fair:
- Late check-out
- Early check-in
- 2 upgrade vouchers
- 15% discount on room redemption rate
Nonetheless, the benefit could still come in handy on the off chance you visited a Taj property. The majority of the footprint is within India, although there are also hotels in Cape Town, Dubai, London, The Maldives and San Francisco.
The loss of Golden Circle Jade for Platinum Charge members should also mean that Centurion members lose Golden Circle Diamond. I’m getting official confirmation on this, although I wouldn’t hold my breath.
It remains to be seen what benefit American Express rolls out to replace Golden Circle status; I certainly hope ASR Platinum wasn’t meant to be it, because that’s underwhelming with a capital U.
How big a loss is Golden Circle Jade to you?