Hotel booking site Rocketmiles has launched an EXCELLENT ‘first user’ promotion which can earn you 5,000+ easy Avios or other airline miles from just one night.
EDIT: we amended the article to reflect the fact that not all hotels are participating
What is Rocketmiles?
Rocketmiles – if you are not familiar with it – is a similar website to PointsHound, Agoda and Kaligo.com. You can earn airline miles and other loyalty points in a wide variety of schemes when you book your hotel stays via rocketmiles.com.
The one downside of Rocketmiles is that your stays will be treated as ‘non-qualifying’ by the hotel. This means that you won’t earn points in the hotel’s own loyalty programme and you probably won’t get your status benefits either. Rocketmiles, Kaligo.com etc are best used when booking a stay at an independent hotel or at one where you don’t actively collect their points.
Get 5,000+ miles with your first Rocketmiles booking
Via this special link, you will earn 5,000 bonus miles, on top of your base miles, when you make your first booking through Rocketmiles.
You have until 31st December to book and the stay can be at any point in the future. You get 5,000 bonus points on all participating hotels.
It is not fully clear what makes a hotel ‘participating’ although they are clearly marked with the 5,000 bonus points. It is partly to do with price (those noticeably under $100 per night seem to be excluded) but there seems to be more to it than that. You do not get the bonus if you book one of the hotels on the site which is offered via the Rocketmiles partnership with booking.com – you need to select a hotel where you complete the booking on the Rocketmiles site.
You should assume that ‘first booking’ means that NONE of the following have been used before to book via Rocketmiles – your frequent flyer number, your credit card number AND your email address.
Of the airlines we tend to cover on Head for Points, the following are included in the offer:
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- Emirates Skywards
- Etihad Guest
- Flying Blue
- Heathrow Rewards
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
“But what about Avios?” you shout …..
I was coming to that.
IN THEORY, Avios is excluded. The small print of the offer says:
“Promotion cannot be redeemed through AerLingus Aer Club, Amazon.com Gift Cards, American Airlines Business Extra, British Airways Executive Club, Caesars Total Rewards, Malaysia Enrich, @MyAirItalyClub, Norwegian Rewards, REI Gift Card, Sony Rewards, Uber Gift Cards, Vueling Club.“
All of the companies highlighted are Avios partners.
However, IN REALITY, you CAN earn 5,000 Avios from this offer. How? By crediting to Heathrow Rewards.
Why should you credit your Rocketmiles stay to Heathrow Rewards?
Usually, when you earn miles via Rocketmiles, they are sent directly to the partner of your choice – Avios, Virgin Flying Club, Etihad Guest etc.
The Avios airlines, however, are excluded from this offer.
However, if you credit to Heathrow Rewards instead you can ultimately move the bonus to Avios and earn 5,000 points.
Why? Heathrow Rewards has a lot of 1:1 transfer partners. 5,000 Heathrow Rewards points from this offer can be transferred into:
- 5,000 Avios
- 5,000 Virgin Flying Club miles
- 5,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles
- 5,000 Royal Brunei RoyalSkies miles
- 5,000 Emirates Skywards miles
- 5,000 Aegean Miles&Bonus miles
- 5,000 Miles & More miles
- £50 Heathrow Airport shopping voucher
- £100 Heathrow Airport parking voucher
…. and you could even mix and match across the various redemptions. You can leave your points sitting in Heathrow Rewards until you are firm about where you need them.
There is also the opportunity for a transfer bonus
Heathrow Rewards ran some aggressive transfer bonuses in 2017 and 2018. We have not seen anything in 2019, to be fair, and it is probably not a coincidence that Heathrow Rewards got a new management team this year. However, we used to see:
- 100% bonus on redemptions for Heathrow shopping vouchers
- 50% bonus on transfers to Virgin Flying Club
- 50% bonus on transfers to Avios
- 100% bonus on transfers to Miles & More
Even if your only interest from Rocketmiles is earning Virgin Atlantic, Singapore Airlines or Emirates miles – which are available as a partner under this offer – it may well make more sense to credit your stays to Heathrow Rewards and wait for a transfer bonus. If there is no bonus, you can still convert at the standard rate and you aren’t any worse off.
The special Rocketmiles booking page is here. Remember that you must be a first time Rocketmiles customer, and that means using a credit card number, email account and transfer partner account number which is they do not recognise.
The bonus points show up during the booking process for participating hotels so there is no risk that you do not get them, unless Rocketmiles later identifies you as a ‘previous customer’. You will see something like this on screen, with the extra 5,000 points clearly marked where it is offered (click to enlarge):
Do not book if you don’t see the 5,000 bonus points listed. It means that your hotel is not participating.
Remember that you need to book by 31st December but the stay can be at some future date.
PS. If you have issues booking due to Rocketmiles getting grumpy about your UK postcode, do this. Take the numbers from your UK postcode and add zeros to the end to get to five digits (ie our office postcode of EC2Y 9DT becomes 29000). This turns it into a US format zip code and allows it to pass the credit card security check. Andrew notes this in the comments below and he is correct – I have done this myself many time.
(Want to earn more hotel loyalty points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)