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In the absence of good hotel promos ….. get 3,500+ Heathrow Rewards points (= Avios) with a Rocketmiles hotel

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On Tuesday I did an article bemoaning the lack of good hotel loyalty promotions at present.  There are only two options:

Hilton Honors – 2,000 bonus points per stay (register)

Radisson Rewards – up to 150,000 bonus points for up to 15 stays (register)

I admit that the Radisson offer is INSANELY generous if you can do 15 stays before 31st March but for most of us that isn’t realistic.  It is less generous for people doing fewer stays.

If you are scratching your head over where to book an upcoming stay, you may want to book one trip via Rocketmiles if you have never used it before.

Heathrow Rewards, the Heathrow Airport shopping loyalty scheme, has an interesting partnership with hotel booking site Rocketmiles which can earn you 3,500+ easy Avios or other airline miles from one stay.

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.

If you are booking a business stay, note that Rocketmiles does not produce VAT receipts.  If this likely to be an issue for you, use the offer when booking a stay outside the UK.

Heathrow Rewards

Before I get to this new deal, let me repeat why I like this partnership.

Why is the Heathrow Rewards partnership interesting?

Usually, when you earn miles via Rocketmiles, they are sent directly to the partner of your choice – Avios, Virgin Flying Club, Etihad Guest etc.

However, if you credit to Heathrow Rewards instead you will get substantial extra flexibility.

Why?  Imagine a hotel stay booked via Rocketmiles which would earn 2,000 miles or points.  Send those to Avios and you get 2,000 Avios.  This is fine but of course you’re not getting any flexibility.  Send those to Heathrow Rewards and you would have the choice of:

  • 2,000 Avios
  • 2,000 Virgin Flying Club miles
  • 2,000 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles
  • 2,000 Royal Brunei RoyalSkies miles
  • 2,000 Emirates Skywards miles
  • 2,000 Aegean Miles&Bonus miles
  • 2,000 Miles & More miles
  • £20 Heathrow Airport shopping voucher
  • £40 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 has historically run some aggressive transfer bonuses although they were a lot quieter in 2019.  In 2018 we saw:

  • 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 Avios, 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.

You can learn more about the partnership on the Heathrow Rewards website.

Rocketmiles and Heathrow Rewards

Get 3,500+ Heathrow Rewards points with your first Rocketmiles booking

Via this special link, you will earn 3,000 bonus Heathrow Rewards points, on top of at least 500 base Heathrow Rewards points, when you make your first booking through Rocketmiles.

Note that this offer is NOT valid for existing Rocketmiles customers.  If there is any match between the email address, credit card number or Heathrow Rewards account you use and the Rocketmiles customer base, you won’t get the 3,000 bonus points.  You would get the 500+ base points.

The offer runs for the whole of 2020 and the stay can be at any point in the future.  There is no minimum spend although not all hotels are participating.  The cheapest hotels are most likely not to be taking part.

Here is an example for Sheffield – of the three hotels in the screenshot, the Copthorne is not participating but the other two are (click to enlarge):

Rocketmiles Heathrow Express offer

You will pick up 3,500+ Heathrow Rewards points which – at the very worst – you can, at a time of your choice, move into either 3,500+ Avios, Virgin, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei, Aegean or Emirates miles.  You could also take a £35 Heathrow shopping voucher or a £70 Heathrow parking voucher.

As you can see from the Crowne Plaza example above, this can work out very well.  An £80 hotel room would earn you enough Heathrow Rewards points for £70 of Heathrow parking or 3,500 miles.

If there is a transfer bonus at some point, you will do even better.

The special booking site is here.  Remember that you must be a first time Rocketmiles customer.

Until Marriott Bonvoy, IHG Rewards Club, Accor Live Limitless or World of Hyatt come out with new global promotions, this offer could be your best bet.

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Comments

  1. Rocketmiles and Heathrow offer is very good…. if it works! The problem is that Rocketmiles are pernekity and unless every stage of the booking is perfect you will not get the award.
    It took me 3 separate bookings and around a dozen emails to finally get the deal.

  2. Annabel says:

    Morning! Is there a code for new Heathrow reward card members for 2020? Last year there was spend £150 in one day and get 3000 points as a new customer. Thanks.

    • Shoestring says:

      no, but they come back ir/regular as clockwork – if you’re not wanting to miss out being a new customer + 3000 bonus, it’s not difficult to open a new HR a/c when it comes up next, just change your address slightly

    • They told me they are working on it – this was last week. I will do an article when one turns up.

  3. I have used rocketmiles twice before
    And had no problems at all. I will
    Definitely be using them again as I got
    6k Avios for very little spend over 2 stays into my ba account. Both times
    Within 24Hrs of checking out

  4. Looking at hotels in Boston for a few nights over Easter, prices a bit more on Rocketmiles (only £70 ish in total) but you get 17k points so tempted to change existing booking.

    • How does that £70 extra compare to just buying the same amount of points / miles in your airline scheme?

      When ever I price up rocket miles etc the extra cost over say expedia or direct with the hotel correlates quite closely with the cost of just buying the miles. Also most hotels won’t give your the same benefits as if you booked direct / have status.

      Now where I can see this being of value is if you need some extra points for your loyalty scheme and have already reached its buy points limit this would get you around that.

      • Even in a sale it would cost over £200 to buy 17k direct from BA/virgin.

        I don’t travel much so hotel status not a factor.

  5. How is the payment processed? i.e. can you claim AMEX offers on top of your booking if you have one for a participating hotel?

    • CraigyC says:

      The payment is processed by RocketMiles, so no you wouldn’t get any AMEX offer on top.

      Also worth noting that hotels.com gives 4 avios per pound (was 12 last week) or 3 avios if you collect the reward nights too. I think this is a decent deal especially if you need to book a non chain hotel or one that you don’t collect points actively.
      It does take an age for the points to post which is annoying, it says up to 120 days and they seem to wait for all of that.

  6. Credit card number match.
    Should they be storing those?

    • memesweeper says:

      They can store CC numbers if they follow the appropriate payment card industry rules for merchants and data protection laws.

      If they store a good quality cryptographic hash of your CC number then they can detect a ‘match’ without storing the original card number at all, which would bypass PCI and DP rules (and likely be a less risky way to fulfil their business needs).

    • RussellH says:

      As long as they comply with the relevant PCIDSS regulations and pass the annual audits, it is no different from airlines + hotel chains, surely the answer is yes?

  7. In Seoul next month (coronavirus spreadgetting worse notwithstanding). £49 for a hotel for the first night with 3,500 points. £4 more than the same hotel on hotels.com. Decent result if they all post

  8. Steve A says:

    Any one know of Heathrow rewards offering a bonus on transfer to Avios coming up soon? Got a few points, waiting to maximise their potential.

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