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Bits: 3000 miles in 33 schemes with a hotel booking, new £50 coin at face value

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News in brief:

3,000 airline miles with a hotel booking, including Avios and Virgin

Rocketmiles, a Kaligo.com clone, is a hotel booking site which offers airline miles with every booking.  You won’t earn points or status benefits from the hotel itself but the miles from Rocketmiles usually make up for it.

If you book before Saturday night for any future date, you will receive 3,000 bonus airline miles in your choice of 33 programmes if you are a new Rocketmiles customer.  Any cheap one night stay somewhere will count!

As well as Avios and Virgin Flying Club, they also partner with American, Etihad, Flying Blue, Qatar, Singapore, United and many others.

You need to book via this link and be a new customer.  Thanks to Rob.

Rocketmiles

New £50 Royal Mint Britannia coin available

Royal Mint has launched a new £50 Britannia commemorative coin as you can see here.  It has a face value of £50 – and you can buy them for that.

If you have a bank which accepts them, and I know that one HFP reader does have a very flexible HSBC branch near him, these are free miles via your credit card.

Royal Mint does not take American Express so you need a Visa or MasterCard with a high earnings rate.  The reader who contacted me has the old BMI MasterCard paying 2 Avios per £1.

This is a little risky unless you are absolutely sure that your bank will accept them, as the running around required to find a suitable one could easily be more trouble than its worth.  Thanks to Tim.

Comments (45)

  • Clive says:

    Just for information my Hyatt Diamond got me Diamond with Hilton today

  • Sussex bantam says:

    OT – Amex offer from TfL – 5 credit on 5 spend. On my plat card – not on others

  • Alvin says:

    I wonder if it would be a good idea to start a list of bank branches that accept commemorative face-value coins?

    Would that lead to the “golden goose being killed” (potentially leading to hordes of people doing the same), or increased awareness with respect to the bank staff (potentially leading to greater acceptance at more branches)?

    Gotta think this through before I share a list of bank branches that do accept this up here in the Northeast 😛

    • FormalHall says:

      I can’t see the golden goose issue applying to listing individual bank branches, as the bank incurs no loss in accepting these other than the teller’s time – so the more familar they are the better! I have had luck depositing these with Barclays in Notting Hill, but as they have withdrawn their tellers in favour of machines it is a time consuming business waiting for the one human left on the front line in the branch!

      • Ali says:

        Possible doomsday scenario:

        List of banks gets viral -> public knows about it -> Royal Mint’s face value coins sell out in seconds -> people rush-in to deposit -> long lines form at most bank branches -> regular bank customers (that actually bring in revenue) complain that each customer in front is taking half an hour as their commemorative coins are being verified for authenticity -> bank limits it to 3 commemorative coins deposit per visit or bank limits commemorative coin deposit to their premium customers only

      • Ali says:

        Or worse, card issuer implements new rule on no miles earned for face value currency purchases.

  • TP says:

    Update, just deposited my £50 coins with no issue, but a great deal of curiosity and interest. They were delighted that I was back as it makes their day when they see something new. Even the Manager was down and approved it and was very curious.