3,000 Avios for any Rocketmiles hotel booking

Rocketmiles is a similar business to Kaligo.com and PointsHound.  It offers you a generous pile of airline miles when you book any property through their website.

At the time I first covered it, it was working almost exclusively with US airlines.  During 2014 Rocketmiles moved closer to home, partnering with Etihad, Qatar, Turkish, Norwegian and – finally – Avios.

As with Kaligo.com and PointsHound, Rocketmiles has deals with various hotel room consolidators to provide it with rooms at wholesale prices. Whilst the selection of hotels available is not the largest, the large profit margins on the rooms allow them to offer very generous mileage incentives when you book.

Rocketmiles will offer you 1,000 – 5,000 Avios points PER NIGHT when you book with them.

Their pricing, frankly, not always the cheapest.  The price should compare OK with booking the hotel directly from its own website (the consolidator route is often used by hotels to quietly move unsold rooms without cutting their headline price) but you should check other independent sites.

If you are not spending your own money when booking hotels, it can be very attractive.

Generous ‘first booking’ offer

As a ‘first user’ offer, you will receive a bonus of 3,000 Avios points when you make your first booking.

The 3,000 Avios additional bonus is valid for bookings made by June 30th for stays by the end of the year.

The sign-up bonus is, without a doubt, a decent deal. It means that you will receive at least 4,000 Avios points (3,000 bonus miles plus 1,000 base miles) even for the cheapest one-night stay they offer.

Looking at, for example, Birmingham on Monday 9th March, their cheapest rate was £82 (Novotel Birmingham Centre). You would earn 4,000 Avios for that booking – 1,000 base miles and the 3,000 bonus – which is clearly a decent deal.  The Novotel website was charging £80.

The Rocketmiles sign-up link is here for avios.com accounts.  If you want the miles to go into British Airways Executive Club, you need this Rocketmiles link.

I should point out that I have seen more generous Rocketmiles offers for other airlines – I recently received one yesterday from Etihad offering 5,000 bonus Etihad Guest miles on my first booking before May 31st.  The Etihad offer is here.

It is important to remember that you will not earn hotel loyalty points or status credit from your stay booked via Rocketmiles. Depending on the chain, you may or may not be able to get your status benefits honoured (free internet, free breakfast, upgrade etc).

Rocketmiles is fully approved by British Airways. You can see their page at ba.com here. Do NOT book via the link on that page, though, as you will not receive the additional 3,000 Avios.

PS.  As you will have seen, Rocketmiles is a partner with BOTH avios.com and British Airways Executive Club.  You could open two accounts, with different email addresses, and double-dip with the 3,000 Avios bonus ….

(Want to earn more hotel points?  To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Bear in mind any bonus points that you might get by booking direct with chains, however. This can often swing it in favour of booking direct. Accor has an offer on offering up to 8000 points (worth 160 Euros) for three stays – you’d miss out on these, and the status they’ll give you, if you book via a different site. Similarly, the stays wouldn’t count towards your Set Your Sights targets for IHG.

    • If they ever put the rules in English I will get around to this – or will bite the bullet and do it in French.

      • It’s pretty simple – book between 17 Feb and 20 March for stays until 31 August. 1000 points for Stay 1, 3000 points for Stay 2, 4000 points for Stay 3. As is usual with Accor, all rates (including ultra-cheap ones, like Happy Mondays) seem to count, and the points go towards your status, making it MUCH better than any IHG promotion. 8000 points is worth 160 Euros, which is probably a better deal than taking miles, unless you have no intention of staying at an Accor hotel again.

      • I wonder if it’s meant to be targeted at France? It’s basically the same as the one they did in September, and it seems very soon to be running the same rather generous promotion again.

        It let me register my card, but I won’t *necessarily* be making any bookings purely on the strength of the bonus. Chances are I’ll do a Happy Monday between now and the 15th anyway though, so I’ll have a chance to see if it works.

    • Just noticed the email from Accor on that promotion. Seems very good especially if you pay for nights in inexpensive countries like those in South East Asia etc.

      • Or if you book rooms using Happy Mondays. You could get a Privilege Room in a Mercure for a night for 40 pounds – do this three times and you’ve got 160 euros worth of points – more than the cost of the stays!!!

  2. Does the bonus just apply for BAEC/Avios credits? I could do with a Flying Blue top up…

    • You could try tweaking the URL! Rocketmiles also does the odd ‘general’ promo where you can have a bonus in ANY airline they work with, although there isn’t one at the moment.

  3. Just booked via this (successfully), although in the process I realised you have to keep looking if you want a specific hotel, and at a price that’s comparable to that direct. At first the hotel I wanted didn’t appear, a few days later it did but at a much higher price, then a few days later at a price similar to that online direct. Very pleased as a result, although I thought it was worth passing this on… I’d have given up after the first search based on what it first returned, but their website does tell you ‘keep checking’ and I can confirm it’s worth doing that! Thanks Raffles!