Last August, I wrote about Rocketmiles and PointsHound. These are both online hotel booking services, but with a difference – when you book, you earn a large pile of frequent flyer miles in return!
At the time, both of the sites were US-focussed. However, PointsHound has recently been acquired by Canadian group points.com and is rapidly expanding its partnerships.
For European and Middle Eastern airlines, you can now earn with:
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
When it originally launched, PointsHound offered ‘double up’ rates. These rates WOULD count as ‘qualifying stays’ with the hotel in terms of giving you loyalty points and elite benefits in IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards etc. These rates are not currently available.
If you use PointsHound, you need to be aware of the following limitations:
You will NOT earn stay credit or loyalty points in the hotel scheme of the property you book except for points on additional spending.
You may or may not – depending on the generosity of the individual hotel – get your elite benefits recognised. Hilton generally does still give elite benefits such as free breakfast and internet to Gold members. Other chains are less generous.
The site is also buggy. If you search by US$ pricing, you are presented with several special deals. On July 29th, for example, I would get 4,350 Virgin miles for booking the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge for $380. Switch to £, though, and I would be paying £212 and earning just 925 miles. All very odd.
(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles? Click here to see recent articles on Virgin Atlantic, Little Red and Flying Club, and click here for the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)