News & offers: UK to Shanghai from £1221, new Qatar route & 30% off Marriott Bonvoy points

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There is a plethora of hotel bonus point offers on at the moment. Hilton have announced a 100% bonus which I wrote about here. Until 18 October, Marriott Bonvoy is offering 30% discount when you purchase at least 2,000 points in a single transaction. The annual maximum for purchased points has also been raised from 50,000 points to 100,000 points between 14 September and 18 October 2019. This makes the price $17.50 for 2000 points instead of $25 for example.  If you are a new member you need to have an opened account for at least 30 days before you can buy points with a qualifying activity. Otherwise, you have to wait for 90 purchase 90 days after joining to buy points. So is it worth buying the points at this rate speculatively? Well in many cases, no. For example, looking at the Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai it costs 35,000 points per night. This would cost £246 to buy the points at the reduced rate and yet you could buy a room for around £220! In some cities like New York that can have very expensive cash prices, it could be worth it though. The Westin New York Grand Central Station costs 50,000 points which now cost £351 to buy but the cash price on the random date I looked at was £437.Click here to purchase Marriot Bonvoy points.