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.
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 ….
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Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 5th March), IHG Rewards Club (75% bonus to 25th February), Radisson Rewards (50% bonus to 31st January) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 23rd February)