Ever since American Express discontinued the Shangri-La Circle Jade benefit in April 2021, I’ve been counting down the days till my status gets downgraded. There was a brief respite in 2021 when Shangri-La decided to extend all elite status till 31 December 2022 regardless of qualifying activity, but I wasn’t expecting anything beyond that.
And then yesterday, I received the following email in my inbox:
As it turns out, Shangri-La Circle is in a more generous mood regarding status extensions than I thought…
Shangri-La Circle status extension offer
I totally missed this email, but back in October 2022, Shangri-La Circle sent out the following offer to Jade members (some Diamond members received it too):
“We loved having you as a Jade member, which is why we’re presenting you with an easy way to retain your status. Stay one qualifying night or spend on one qualifying experience – whether it’s a cup of coffee or a feast at any of our restaurants and bars – before 15 December 2022 to renew your Jade status for another year”
Basically, Jade members could renew their current elite tier by doing any of the following by 15 December 2022:
- Staying one qualifying night at a hotel
- Dining at one of Shangri-La’s restaurants or bars
- Making one qualifying purchase at the Shangri-La Online Boutique
Naturally, everyone bought a single cup of coffee or spent US$1 online and called it a day. Having missed the email, I didn’t even bother to do that, but I had some points unexpectedly credited to my account which proved enough to get the renewal.
There’s also reports in the Telegram Group of people getting renewed without any sort of activity at all, so make of that what you will.
My extended Jade status is now valid till 31 December 2023.
What are the benefits of Shangri-La Circle Jade?
Jade status qualification normally requires 20 nights or US$6,000 spending per year. It’s best to assume that Shangri-La will not be offering any more freebies in 2023, so if you want to enjoy status in 2024 and beyond, this is what you’ll need to hit.
|🟡 Shangri-La Circle Elite Qualification|
The full list of Shangri-La Circle benefits can be found below.
The main perks to highlight for Jade members are complimentary breakfast for two adults, as well as 11 a.m check-in and 4 p.m check-out, where available. Jade members can also enjoy instant KrisFlyer Elite Silver membership via the Infinite Journeys partnership, with a fast-track to KrisFlyer Elite Gold after three eligible flights of any duration.
|🟡 Shangri-La Circle Effective Rebate|
|Points per US$1||1||1.25||1.5|
|Redeem points||15 points per US$1|
|All points are valid for 3 years|
Jade members earn 1.25 points per US$1 spent at Shangri-La hotels, and redeem points at a rate of 15 points per US$1. This works out to an effective rebate of 8.3%.
Unfortunately, Shangri-La Circle underwent a massive devaluation in April 2022, which saw the award chart removed in favour of dynamic pricing and fixed value points. This has killed off any hope of aspirational redemptions, and turns the loyalty programme into a glorified cashback scheme.
Shangri-La Circle Jade members who fulfilled the criteria for fast-track renewals last year (and even some who didn’t!) should be seeing their extended status posting now, valid till 31 December 2023.
I personally don’t stay at Shangri-La properties a whole lot, but if your travel plans bring you to one then free breakfast is always a welcome perk.