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3,000 Avios with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking (not targetted)

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If you read Head for Points online, this offer may sound familiar because I added it mid-morning to the article on Rocketmiles I ran last week.

However, for everyone who reads the site via the daily emails or reads it online before 10am, you won’t have seen this.

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

Some HFP readers received a targetted ‘5,000 Avios on your first booking’ bonus email last week.  This was only valid for the person who received it.

However, for the rest of us. 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 3,000 Avios.  You need to use this link instead.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

(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 (5)

  • Rob says:

    I only got 3,000 Virgin!

  • barnaby100 says:

    I took advantage of the 4000 miles offer from Virgin for rocket miles (which is priceline it seems). Just arrived at Loews in Boston to be first told that we had already checked in and then that the room had been cancelled. It is the middle of the night for us although only 10pm in Boston so not got time to dig into it yet but not impressed. I know that Loews had the reservation as they emailed me about it yesterday. Have no idea why it was cancelled- already been charge dot credit card.

  • Rocketmiles Concierge says:

    Hi @ barnaby100 – we’re truly sorry to hear about this unfortunate case. We received your email and responded within minutes. Turns out the hotel had a systems issue and incorrectly cancelled the room. They quickly reinstated the reservation and we were told everything was good to go. This is a very unusual circumstance so we appreciate your understanding. Hope those Virgin Atlantic miles take you somewhere amazing!

    Best wishes,

    • barnaby100 says:

      Hi. Thanks for your reply. You did indeed reply very quickly on the night- although we didn’t see it until the next day -we were very impressed. Not sure what it happened. It was sorted by the hotel, although they offered us a complimentary breakfast as an apology and then charged us but I will get that sorted out. We stay at the hotel a few times a year and the billing is almost always inaccurate.

  • Rashad says:

    I’ve used Rocketmiles for the first time, and was well impressed with ease of use of the website and of course 8000 miles for 2nights in Marrakech. Points were credited within 2 days after checkout. Thank you Rob for highlighting Rocketmiles