FOR NEW AND EXISTING USERS: Get 5,000 Avios or other miles with a Rocketmiles hotel booking

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Hotel booking site Rocketmiles has launched an EXCELLENT Black Friday promotion which can earn you 5,000+ easy Avios or other airline miles from just one booking.

Importantly, this offer is open to ALL Rocketmiles customers.  It is not just for new users – even if you have booked with Rocketmiles before, you can still get the 5,000 bonus points.

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 next Rocketmiles booking

Via this Black Friday link, you will earn 5,000 bonus miles, on top of your base miles, when you make a booking through Rocketmiles before Monday night.  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.  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.

I did a few experiments and it seems that you need to be spending roughly £200 in total to be offered the 5,000 bonus points.

Of the airlines we tend to cover on Head for Points, the following are included in the offer:

  • American Airlines AAdvantage
  • Etihad Guest
  • Heathrow Rewards
  • 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 Flying Blue, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, JetBlue TrueBlue, Frontier EarlyReturns, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Norwegian Reward, Avios Travel Rewards Programme, British Airways Executive Club, Icelandair Saga Club, Asia Miles, Ethiopian Airlines ShebaMiles, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, OpenTable, Amazon.com Gift Card, Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club, Total Rewards, Rakuten Super Points, Emirates Skywards, American Airlines Business Extra®, Meridiana Club, Smiles, The Home Depot Gift Card, Best Buy Gift Card, Aer Lingus AerClub, OPEN, rewards by flydubai, Uber, Pegasus Plus, Vueling Puntos, flynas nasmiles, or REI Gift Card.

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
  • £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 only seen one bonus in 2019, which was a 50% bonus on Asia Miles transfers.  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 miles – which is 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.

The bonus points show up during the booking process for participating hotels so there is no risk that you do not get them.  You will see something like this on screen, with the extra 5,000 points clearly marked where it is offered (click to enlarge):

Rocketmiles black friday offer

The three hotels above were the only options for a 2-night Manchester stay in January which triggered the bonus.

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 Monday night but the stay can be at some future date.

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Comments

  1. There is more than one downside to rocketmiles, with price being one of the main ones.

    • Whenever I’ve looked and compared the price to booking direct or via Expedia the difference is close to the cost of buying the avios direct from BA,

      Still gets around the buy avios limit I suppose.

      • What are you doing with Avios if you’re running into that problem?

        • I’m not doing anything with my avios just pointing out that there is a monetary cost to getting those avios via rocket miles that people may not be aware of.

  2. Booked 2 nights for forthcoming trip to Barcelona…£24 more than Expedia / Booking.com with 8000 points including bonus….about 0.3p per point. Worth it with the bonus, not without…

    • Comparing to Expedia you need to factor in 9%+£25from £back back. This makes the avios at more that twice the price quoted although it is a little more hassle.

  3. Seems like multiple bookings per account allowed as well. Great for sourcing hard to earn miles (AA, TK) where Marriott is the only non flying option.

  4. 3 times last year I tried to book the deal with Rocketmiles offered via heathrow reward premium membership. 3 times I fell foul of their convoluted IT and rules. After that I gave up. It appeared to me that you get the miles if it’s a Tuesday in October with a full moon, clear sky and a heavenly host singing alleluia all in alignment. ! It’s buyer beware when using the site.

    To be fair they replied to every email and eventually awarded the points just to get rid of me.

  5. The Original David says:

    Is Miles & More still a Heathrow Rewards partner? You didn’t include them in your bullet points of what 5k HR converts to…

    • I thought it had been pulled due to M&M’s legal issues in Germany? If it is back I will amend.

      (EDIT: I checked. The M&M logo still shows until you get to the ‘redeem’ bit at which point it is missing.)

      • The Original David says:

        Oh no! I thought M&M had survived on Heathrow Rewards after it was first pulled from Bonvoy, but maybe it’s disappeared since then. I was banking on a few thousand from HR to get enough for an M&M redemption!

  6. This may be off topic but it seems odd to have people in the comments complain about Rocketmiles (or show how bad it is in comparison to other services), when no one is forcing anyone to use it.

    There are numerous other ways to get miles.

  7. memesweeper says:

    OT (no bits)

    Anyone know approximately how long HSBC to Asia Miles or Kris Flyer takes?

  8. I have my Hilton and IHG status renewed for 2020 and I can expense Rocketmiles rooms for December stays now for an extra 80k-100k Avios.

    I’d say Rocketmiles PDF receipts are very user friendly for most people wishing to expense hotel costs but not show the benefit taken.

    Very useful promo for me.

  9. The Original Nick says:

    OT, I’m using Melia app to try and make a reservation for Havana Cuba and it’s showing the currency in AUD. Also shows in USD at the same time. Does anyone know how to change this to GBP? It’s possible to do this via Laptop but then I don’t get the extra 5% off for using the app.

  10. OT:

    BA have cancelled my flight to Alicante next year and rearranged it to the morning instead, which is not acceptable.

    If i accept an alternative flight the following day will BA be liable for Duty of Care still? They are saying they are only liable for duty of care expenses if cancellation occurs within two weeks of travel. Nonsense according to EU261 and CAA guidelines?

    • Shoestring says:

      yes there’s no time limit (such as the ‘within 2 weeks of flight’ stated) with duty of care

      complete nonsense & BA will pay out fine, just keep to the rough guidelines £200 hotel/ night, £25 food (can be exceeded no problem), no booze expensable, taxis to/ from hotel

  11. Secret Squirrel says:

    OT:
    Anyone have the Iberia Groupon contact email as been 15 x days and no avios been credited.

    • Shoestring says:

      try Chat with Groupon Spain, I doubt if Iberia can help you

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Cheers SS, found Groupon Spain live chat. They admitted time frame exceeded & asked for screenshot of my IB account to prove no groupon has been credited.

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