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Up to the end of 1 July 2016 (although see below for an extended option), hotel “miles for booking” site Rocketmiles is offering 3,000 bonus air miles on your first booking with them.
There is no minimum number of nights you need to book, nor do you have to hot a certain spend threshold. As such, you’re free to search for 1 night at the cheapest hotel you can find and bag the bonus air miles that way, although I’d strongly recommend tying this into a stay you really want to make. Spending a few quid on a pointless hotel night in a bid to secure 3,000 air miles is almost certainly not worth the effort.
What exactly is Rocketmiles?
The Rocketmiles business model is fairly simple: it awards you air miles for hotel bookings made through it. You can then choose one of a number of airline frequent flyer programmes (including Avios, Virgin Flying Club, AAdvantage and Etihad Guest) to credit these miles to. While your earnings will vary enormously depending on the hotel and the length of your stay, Rocketmiles customers apparently earn an average of 5,000 miles on each hotel booking.
While you need to book by 1 July, there are no restrictions on when the actual 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. 3,000 bonus air miles, for example, is a sizeable rebate on your room cost. Standard bookings may offer some value when you factor in the air 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 air 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 1 July 2016, you can still earn a bonus 1000 Avios if you book via this link.