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Holidaycheck.com, the Tripadvisor alternative, is a great way to earn a handful of airline miles in various schemes (including Lufthansa Miles & More, Etihad Guest and American AAdvantage) just for writing a very brief hotel review.
American AAdvantage was the most recent addition, with 70 miles offered per review. Good as it may be to now have this option, it should not detract from the fact that you can earn more generous mileage amounts in other schemes, as follows:
- Lufthansa Miles and More – 100 miles per review
- Etihad Guest – 150 miles per review
- airberlin Topbonus – 150 miles per review
- PINS (airbaltic) – 150 miles per review
It very much depends on your circumstances of course, but I personally would not take 70 AAdvantage points when 150 Etihad Guest or Miles and More miles are an available alternative.
You can credit up to 10 hotel reviews per month to each frequent flyer scheme. What’s more, if you have previously posted reviews on HolidayCheck.com, you can even get miles retroactively credited for reviews from the last 6 months.
Note that (unlike Tripadvisor) Holidaycheck will periodically ask you for proof of your stay so “creative” reviews are a risk. Some people address this by booking refundable rates and then cancelling, so they have a “proof of booking”, but clearly you make the decision here.