• Finding the status 'sweet spot' in hotel loyalty programs

    While the top tier of any hotel's loyalty program always provides that chain's best perks, reaching such stratospheric levels isn't always easy – especially for travellers who spread their wings and venture to a variety of destinations, staying with different hotels throughout the year rath...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 10 Comments

  • Your guide to hotel club lounge access

    Hotel club lounges can be a business traveller’s best friend, offering a place to perch and work during the day, and to unwind with a tipple in the evening (not that we’d ever suggest spending your whole day indoors!) Of course, booking into an executive/club room or a suite is the s...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2018 6 Comments

  • How to get Star Alliance Gold status after just three flights

    Star Alliance Gold is normally your reward for regularly flying with Star Alliance airlines throughout the year – unlocking perks like airport lounge access, priority check-in and priority boarding – but there’s a handy shortcut that can elevate you to Gold status after taking j...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2017 23 Comments

  • Shangri-La, Taj Hotels forge loyalty alliance for points, status

    Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will join forces with Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces next year as part of a new ‘loyalty alliance’, promising business travellers both loyalty points and status recognition whenever staying with either hotel chain. The ‘Warmer Welcomes’ prog...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2016 2 Comments

  • New hotel credit card fees could hammer your hip pocket

    Hotel chains nationwide including Accor, IHG, Rydges and Starwood are amending their credit card fees in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s reforms on credit card surcharging. As a result, many hotel guests will now pay a lower credit card fee when using Visa or MasterCard, but whip...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2016 27 Comments

  • The top five credit cards for hotel perks and privileges

    Many credit cards offer predictable perks like travel insurance and airport lounge access, but a select few also make sure you’re taken care of after your flight through great hotel benefits like free room upgrades and breakfast for every day of your stay. Some cards achieve this by unlock...

    POSTED 4 Apr, 2016 12 Comments

  • Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore completes comprehensive revamp

    The Lion City’s Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore is again welcoming guests following a top-to-toe A$43.8 million renovation of the former Traders Hotel Singapore. Backed by recognisable luxury brand Shangri-La, Hotel Jen targets both business and leisure guests with a focus on stress-free trave...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2016 1 Comment

  • This week's wrap for road warriors, high flyers and points fiends

    Whether you’re travelling to London or staying closer to home, hotel loyalty programs deliver great perks such as room upgrades and extra amenities to frequent guests. This week, we take a look at two of those programs – showing travellers how to make the most of Shangri-La Golden Ci...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2015 1 Comment

  • Turning hotel loyalty points into airline frequent flyer points

    While loyalty to a favourite hotel chain can bring perks such as free breakfast and room upgrades, frequent business travellers know that this isn’t always practical or even possible – some chains may not serve every city in your itinerary, or your employer may find a cheaper deal els...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2015 1 Comment

  • Shangri-La Golden Circle: the unofficial guide

    Going beyond most hotel loyalty schemes to offer top guests anytime concierge services, private in-room check-in and complimentary suit pressing, the Shangri-La Golden Circle program brings luxury to business travel. Members begin by earning Golden Circle Award Points during their stays at Shang...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2015 1 Comment

  • Free Shangri-La Jade, Diamond status for AMEX Platinum, Centurion

    American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders can now boost their loyalty status to Jade or Diamond in Shangri-La’s Golden Circle program, thanks to a new partnership between AMEX and the luxury hotel chain. Platinum and Platinum Business charge card customers qualify for the mid-lev...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2015 0 Comments

  • Earn double, triple Golden Circle points with Shangri-La

    Members of Shangri-La’s Golden Circle loyalty program can earn up to triple points and double stay credit until August 31 2014. Stays of one or two nights reel in double Golden Circle points, while visits of three nights or more earn the full bounty of triple points. Better yet, you&rsquo...

    POSTED 6 Aug, 2014 0 Comments

  • London's Shangri-La at the Shard opens its doors

    The new Shangri-La at the Shard is now open, with the luxury hotel boasting unmatched views of London from the city's newest and most striking skyscraper. It's also the first Shangri-La hotel in the United Kingdom – and what a way to plant your flag!With a 'sky lobby' located on ...

    POSTED 7 May, 2014 0 Comments

  • Brisbane's Holiday Inn turns into Shangri La's Traders Hotel

    Brisbane's Holiday Inn hotel is a Holiday Inn no more after reopening as the first Australian Traders Hotel, from Hong Kong's Shangri-La group. Smack dab central above the Brisbane Transit Centre, the new Traders is just the third hotel in Australia run by the group, after flagship outpost Shang...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2012 1 Comment

  • Sydney Shangri-La to undergo $20 million renovation

    Sydney's Shangri-La Hotel will start a $20 million room refurbishment programme between May and September of this year. 442 rooms throughout the hotel -- from the 4th to the 29th floor of the tower -- will be revamped. The upmarket hotel is trumpeting its harbor-view window seats, with a new lea...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Shangri-La Parisian palace to open December 17

    The Shangri-La Paris, due to open on December 17, is the latest in a wave of palatial super-luxury hotels established in the city. Housed in the former private home of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s grand-nephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte – in the City of Light's prestigous 16th arrondis...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

  • Shangri La hotels offers cash to members

    Shangri-La Hotels has re-launched its frequent guest program, Golden Circle. Although a Golden Circle card has been available since 1997, the upgraded program is essentially completely new. The old system only offered small bonuses such as late checkout, a welcome gift. A range of new rewards are...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2010 0 Comments

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