Shangri-La is an Asian luxury hotel chain with 64 hotels, primarily in China and Southeast Asia. The hotel chain is growing with hotels scheduled to open in London, Paris, Vienna, Toronto, and Macau over the next couple of years. There are hotels in Sydney and Cairns, Australia. I have been to the Rasa Sentosa Resort in Singapore. There are no US properties.
Golden Circle is the Shangri-La hotel loyalty program.
Golden Circle 2009 Free Night Summer Promotion
Registration is required. No retroactive credit for hotel nights prior to promotion registration.
Golden Circle members must register for this promotion online between 1 July and 30 September 2009 by logging onto www.goldencircle.shangri-la.com and clicking “Summer Promotion 2009”.
Offer: One free night will be awarded for every four accumulative qualifying nights stayed between July 1 and September 30, 2009. The qualifying nights do not have to be consecutive nights. Any published rack, corporate, or package room rates qualify.
Free Night Redemption: Free nights earned can be redeemed online and used for stays at any Shangri-La hotel and resort between 1 October 2009 and 31 March 2010, except at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives; Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo; and Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver.
Free nights can be redeemed as of September 15, 2009 after free night credit is posted online. Redemption must be made three days in advance.
Redemption reservations cancelled less than 24 hours and 7 days for City and Resort hotels respectively prior to 4 pm on day of arrival (local hotel time) or NO SHOW will subject to a deduction of one free night. For NO SHOW, the entire booking will be cancelled automatically. Members will have to rebook again.
The following black-out dates, in addition to existing Golden Circle black-out dates, apply:
For all Hotels: 31 December 2009 and 1 January 2010
For all Resorts: 22 December 2009 to 1 January 2010 and 13 to 17 February 2010 (both dates inclusive)
Free night is not transferable.
Shangri-La Hotel Properties link.
Shangri-La Golden Circle Hotel Loyalty Program
Golden Circle Member Benefits link.
Shangri-La Golden Circle Elite Status
Classic membership is free to registered members.
Executive membership requires 20 nights in a calendar year in at least two different Shangri-La properties.
Elite membership requires 60 nights in a calendar year in at least three different Shangri-La properties.
Golden Circle Terms & Conditions
Loyalty Traveler Promotion Analysis
Golden Sands Resort, Penang, Malaysia
September 7-11, 2009
400 MYR/night (US$114.20/night) Superior Hill view Room 36sqm/368sq.ft.; free internet
1,840 MYR (US$525.34) after tax for 4 nights
630MYR/night (US$180.00) Executive Sea view room 30 sqm/328sq.ft.
Total rate = 2,898MYR (US$827.41) after tax for 4 nights.
Sample Free night redemption:
Dubai Shangri-La, United Arab Emirates (Hotel webpage link)
January 13 Deluxe Room. Room rate: 1,350 AED/night ($US368.00)
Deluxe Room Description for Dubai Shangri-La:
-Deluxe Rooms offer stylish comfort with an inviting earthtone design based on warm sycamore veneers, and are decorated with original local artworks.
-The rooms, located on floors 29 through 39, feature panoramic views of Sheikh Zayed Road or the Arabian Sea.
-Dual line telephones (with dataport connection), complimentary broadband Internet access, in-room safe, satellite television, coffee/tea making facilities, and a comfortable writing desk are standard in all Deluxe Rooms.
-The spacious bathroom, featuring Aigner bath amenities, contains a deep soaking tub and a walk-in shower with a rainforest showerhead.
-The room dimensions are 45 sqm/484 sqft.
For this example earning and redemption scenario a Golden Circle guest could stay at a beach resort in Malaysia for four nights at a cost of US$525 and redeem the free night earned in Dubai for a room that would cost US$368.
That is a 70% rebate on a four night Malaysia beach getaway.
Loyalty Traveler promotion rating = 4 keys (high value).