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Get 3,000 to 5,000 Avios with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking

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

As with 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

Many British Airways Executive Club members received an emailed offer from Rockemiles yesterday.  You will receive a bonus of 5,000 Avios points when you make your first booking.

The 5,000 Avios additional bonus is valid for bookings made by 15th May for stays over the next 12 months.

The sign-up bonus is, without a doubt, a decent deal.  It means that you will receive at least 6,000 Avios points (5,000 bonus miles plus 1,000 base miles) even for the cheapest one-night stay they offer.

You need to book via the link in the email.  It is now clear that it does not work otherwise so I have deleted the URL.

If you were not targetted, you can receive 3,000 Avios on a booking made before 30th June by using this link –

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 here. Do NOT book via the link on that page, though, as you will not receive the additional 5,000 Avios.  You need to use the link emailed to you or, for 3000 Avios, this link –

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (27)

  • luke says:

    apologies O/T, hope someone might have done this recently and know the answer

    I just received my and the wifes free night voucher for spending 750 pounds each on the barclacyard Hilton visa. have closed the barclacyard accounts this morning. how long do I need to wait to reopen them and then trigger new free night vouchers?

    is it 6 months like the amex welcome bonuses?


    • Alan says:

      Yep, six months seems to work for most folk.

    • mark2 says:

      Did you get your 10,000 points for first four stays before you cancelled?

      • luke says:

        nope, not interested in collecting Honours points, only interested in the free night voucher.

        using them in Dubai for a stopover to oz next month…

        anyone advice whether a 2 night stay at Waldorf Dubai or Conrad Dubai is nicer?


        • D says:

          The Conrad’s nice, but it is effectively at the side of a motorway with not much to see on foot. The metro is across the road though.

  • Tom C says:

    Thanks – that worked and hotel booked! I’ve not used Rocketmiles in over a year, but coincidentally I had their site open in my browser last night and ready to book a hotel this morning, so this was a nice treat.

  • Wyle E Coyote says:

    After you posted the ‘Bits: excellent Virgin East Coast sale, Heathrow Airport Parking sale, 3000 Avios with RocketMiles’ post yesterday I created an account with RocketMiles and mad a booking (you also said it expired last nigh so. Acted quickly). Even though I used he link you provide on the page there as no mention of the 5000 or the 3000 miles bonus.

    Now when I click on the same link it clearly advertises these bonuses but since m booking is non-refundable it seems cancelling this and creating another new account in my husband’s name to take advantage of the bonus is not available to me.

    What part did I get wrong?

  • pazza2000 says:

    I am already a member of Rocketmiles under my BAEC registered email and have received this promotion. In thinking about it I’ve never credited to BA and the promo link seems to work (lists the correct miles inc. the bonus miles) so I have registered under a different email to credit to BA, I assume that is perfectly OK?

  • James says:

    Sorry, O/T – In BA Avios redemption sales, are you still able to book Cathay Pacific (and other partners) via the BA website at the reduced rate?

  • Trevor says:

    Just compared Kaligo, rocketmiles and pointshound with my existing 4 hotel bookings on, and all four are more expensive with points offers that don’t nearly make up the difference. Furthermore, I had a 10% discounbt code with Only searched on these points-back sites once before but after this analysis, won’t be wasting my time again.

  • Cheshire Pete says:

    I’ve said this previously, but as an example I compared 2 hotels Id short listed for the end of my trip to Miami over Easter. Rocket miles were on average £50 more expensive than for exactly the same room at the same hotel on the same day. £170 on Rocket miles compared to £118 on Rocket miles state on their website they ‘compare favourably’ to other booking sites plus you get avios on top. I completely disagree. The base miles for this hotel was just 2000 avios for £50. You’re obviously paying extra to get the miles. No thanks.

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