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Until the end of tomorrow (7 January 2016 – although see below for an extended option), hotel booking site Rocketmiles is offering a bonus of 3,000 miles on your first booking with them.
Rocketmiles awards you air miles for hotel bookings. You can then choose one of a number of airline frequent flyer programmes (including Avios, AAdvantage and Etihad Guest) to add these miles to. Customers earn an average (apparently) of 5000 miles on each hotel booking.
While you need to book by 7 January, there are no restrictions on when the stay needs to be made.
You will of course earn the 3,000 Rocketmiles bonus in addition to the standard miles you earn for your stay.
You can earn miles in the following programmes through Rocketmiles:
- Air Canada – Aeroplan
- Airberlin – Topbonus
- Alaska Airlines – MileagePlan
- Alitalia – MilleMiglia
- American Airlines – AAdvantage
- Amtrak Guest Rewards
- Avianca – LifeMiles
- Azul – TudoAzul
- Cathay Pacific – Asia Miles
- British Airways – Executive Club
- AeroMexico – Club Premier
- Etihad Airways – Etihad Guest
- Finnair Plus
- Frontier – EarlyReturns
- Hawaiian Miles
- Icelandair – Saga
- JetBlue – TrueBlue
- Jetairways – JetPrivilege
- Malaysia Airlines – Enrich
- Oman Air – Sinbad
- Qatar Airways – Privilege Club
- Royal Jordanian – Royal Plus
- Saudia – Alfursan
- Singapore Airlines – KrisFlyer
- South African Airways – Voyager
- Southwest Airlines – Rapid Rewards
- Turkish Airlines – Miles&Smiles
- United Airlines – MileagePlus
- Virgin America – Elevate
- Virgin Atlantic – Flying Club
The key value with Rocketmiles is largely in the sign-up bonuses. Standard bookings may offer some value when you factor in the miles, but it is essential that you compare the cost with a direct booking, or booking through the likes of lastminute.com etc.
If your room is substantially cheaper elsewhere without the miles, it’s unlikely to be a value offering to go with Rocketmiles. One clear word of warning: you are very unlikely to earn any loyalty scheme benefits on stays booked through Rocketmiles.
If you are reading this after 7 January 2016, you can still earn a bonus 3000 Avios until 31 January 2016 if you book through the link on this page.