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Get 5,000 Avios or other miles with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking

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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.

Rocketmiles 5000 points bonus

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.

Heathrow Rewards Rocketmiles

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.

Rocketmiles and Heathrow Rewards

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):

Rocketmiles 5000 bonus points

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.

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Comments

  1. OT _ BA / Iberia for Status

    I am travelling between LHR and MAD every week for next 12 months.
    Who should I credit flights to? I am flying in most flights operated and marketed by Iberia.

    I am keen to get BA Silver or Iberia Equivalent.
    Already flew several flights and credited to BA.

    • Personally credit everything to BA but that’s a personal choice. BA are easier to talk to if things go wrong.

      • Are you flying business or economy? And do you happen to know the booking class/fare basis for your flights? It could make a difference.

        Agree that BA are easier to talk with than Iberia.

        • Economy, some of then in Class O and Q, which might only earn 5 tier points but may still be eligible for BA Bronze / Silver Status purely based on number of flights and not tier points.

          • You mentioned that most of your flights are marketed and operated by Iberia. I’m not sure if the “25 BA flights” to qualify for bronze, or 50 for silver, would need to be at least BA marketed flights?

            The dates of your BA membership year are important, because I think your tier points will reset at the end of your year.

            Even with only 5 tier points per flight that is still 10 tier points per week, or a full 520 tier points, so close to silver, if you really flew every week and the flights happened to coincide with your membership year. Are you able to book flights far out and take advantage of less expensive fares with a slightly higher booking class earning 10 tier points, or even one or two in business class? Or an occasional Iberia inexpensive domestic flight to visit another part of Spain? Preferably early in your membership year. I think BA gives you a soft landing to bronze if you qualify for silver the first year but not the next.

            I’ve forgotten the minimum number of actual BA marketed flights you have to take in addition to qualifying for BA status through tier points. 2? 4?

          • Shoestring says:

            [The official definition of eligible flights is:

            Eligible flights are defined as those flights marketed or operated by British Airways and those flights marketed and operated by Iberia.]

          • You might find these articles Rob wrote in January about Iberia useful if you haven’t already seen them.

            I’ve included the links in a previous comment but it is “awaiting moderation”. So since it is Sunday, and I don’t know how long this takes, I thought I’d just give you the titles for now in case you want to search for them. Both articles are dated January 2, 2019

            “Can I earn avios and BA tier points if I fly with Iberia?”

            “What is the difference between British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus”

      • Shoestring says:

        but OP would still have to deal with IB, even if he can credit Avios & TPs to BAEC

    • I also travel economy to Europe at least once a week for work, but getting only 10TP as standard for a return. I get to BA silver through the 50 flights rather than the tier points.

  2. Slightly OT but also related to this promotion of transfering to Heathrow Rewards :Can I use Heathrow Rewards points for non prebooked parking in the short term stay car parks, e.g.for pick ups? If so how does it work?

  3. Moktar Ahmed says:

    Looking for a hotel in Skopje. Not a single hotel appears to offer the 5k bonus points.

  4. Hi does Marriott status reset on 1 Jan or later like Hilton

  5. Michael Purcell says:

    Bonus offer: Get 5,000 bonus miles or points at select properties on your first reservation. Learn more
    This is the offer………..NOT all hotels

  6. OT: I self-referred from Amex Platinun to BA Amex (free) and got the referral bonus. Didn’t realise at the time that I could have got the sign up bonus for the BA Premium one. Anyway, nearing £10k spend soon so want to upgrade. If I refer myself to the BA Premium from my Amex Platinum, will I get the referral bonus? I know I won’t get any signup bonus. As I understand, to upgrade to BA Premium I need to apply for the card as a new application. When they ask if you have any other Amex cards, do we need to give the BA Amex card number?

    • You can’t hold the free BA and the BAPP at the same time. Your free card would be upgraded to BAPP and you won’t get referral points. Unless you have a partner to refer, you’ll have to close the BA card and wait 24 months for a BAPP sign up bonus.

  7. I’m seeing alot of prices the same on rocketmiles as on other OTA’s. Is that normal? I thought they inflated the prices to account for the miles awarded.

  8. Shoestring says:

    Don’t forget you also get 3000 bonus HR points for HR sign up with code BA2019
    https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/executive-club/collecting-avios/shopping?DM1_Channel=AFF&DM1_Campaign=UKI_GB_EN_PHG_ALWAYSON&DM1_Site=PHG&utm_source=PHG&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=UKI_GB_EN_PHG_ALWAYSON

    so you could get 8000 miles total combined with the Rocketmiles offer

    • RussellH says:

      Not quite.
      100 HR points for signing up.
      3000 for then spending £150 or more on your first visit at Heathrow.

      I doubt if I have spent that much at all the airports I have visited throughout my life!

  9. Spaghetti Town says:

    OT: Airbnb avios have turned up in my account about a month after making my booking.

  10. I didn’t get this bit about booking.com exclusion. Can you explain please a bit more (ideally with an example), thanks!

    • You are taken to another booking site when you select a hotel (mostly booking.com as far as I can tell). Hotels which aren’t booked through booking.com qualify for the bonus. It’s easier to understand if you go on the website and have a look.

  11. Can anyone confirm whether the points will be awarded if one does not turn up for the booking? If so has anyone found any mega-cheap qualifying hotels to book ??

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