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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 brought back its EXCELLENT ‘first user’ promotion which can earn you 5,000+ easy Avios, Virgin Flying Club or other airline miles from just one night.

The offer runs until the end of 2020.  If you don’t have any plans to use it immediately, park this idea for the Autumn.

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.

It is also worth noting that Rocketmiles does not provide VAT invoices.

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 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
  • Norwegian Reward
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • United MileagePlus
  • Virgin Atlantic Flying Club

Take Heathrow Rewards instead of Avios …..

Unlike when this offer ran last year, British Airways Executive Club IS included.  You could select this as your earning partner.

However, this would not necessarily be the best idea.

Heathrow Rewards Rocketmiles

Why should you credit your Rocketmiles stay to Heathrow Rewards?

If you credit to Heathrow Rewards instead you can ultimately move the bonus to Avios and earn 5,000 points.

This is BETTER than sending the points directly to Avios.

There are three reasons for this.

Reason 1:  Heathrow Rewards has more hotels offering the bonus

First, looking at the Rocketmiles site, you see more hotels with a 5,000 points bonus when you select Heathrow Rewards than if you select Avios.

Looking at Manchester for 8th September choosing BAEC as my partner, I can earn the 5,000 points bonus at three hotels:

  • Hotel Gotham @ £185 for 7,000 Avios
  • Hilton Manchester Deansgate @ £159 for 6,000 Avios
  • Holiday Inn Manchester Central Park @ £138 for 6,000 Avios
  • Hyatt House Manchester @ £198 for 6,000 Avios

However, when I swap to Heathrow Rewards as my bonus (and remember it is a 1:1 transfer into Avios) I see:

  • Hotel Gotham @ £185 for 7,000 Heathrow Rewards points
  • Hilton Manchester Deansgate @ £159 for 6,000 Heathrow Rewards points
  • Holiday Inn Manchester Central Park @ £138 for 6,000 Heathrow Rewards points
  • Hyatt House Manchester @ £198 for 6,000 Heathrow Rewards points
  • The Edwardian @ £175 for 6,000 Heathrow Rewards points
  • Holiday Inn Manchester Media City UK @ £126 for 6,000 Heathrow Rewards points
  • Hilton Manchester Airport @ £139 for 6,000 Heathrow Rewards points
  • Hotel Indigo Manchester Victoria Station @ £125 for 6,000 Heathrow Rewards points
  • Hyatt Regency Manchester @ £150 for 6,000 Heathrow Rewards points

Choosing Heathrow Rewards instead of Avios means:

I can choose from nine hotels instead of four

I can pay as little as £125 instead of £138

Rocketmiles 5000 Avios promotion

Reason 2: Heathrow Rewards points are more flexible than Avios

The 2nd reason for taking Heathrow Rewards points instead of Avios is FLEXIBILITY.

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.

Reason 3: There is also the opportunity for a transfer bonus

Heathrow Rewards ran some aggressive transfer bonuses in the past.

A few weeks ago, for example, there was a 50% bonus when you transferred Heathrow Rewards points to Avios.

If that offer came back, you would have been substantially better off taking Heathrow Rewards points in the first place.  This is ON TOP of the fact that Rocketmiles has more, and cheaper, hotels under this offer if you take Heathrow Rewards instead of Avios.

Conclusion

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, and
  • an email account, and
  • a transfer partner account number

….. which 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 offer

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 and the stay can be even later if necessary.

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.

(Want to earn more hotel 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.)

Comments (23)

  • memesweeper says:

    I jumped on this last time round. I would recommend checking on the transfer, in my case to Heathrow, as the points lost in the post. A few complaints raised and it was sorted. Keep ’em peeled!

  • Martin Louis says:

    Isn’t it usually cheaper to book direct with the hotels than via 3rd party sites? And wasn’t Rocketmiles usually one of the more expensive hotel booking sites? Negating the value of the pointe earned even?

    • Paul74 says:

      Yes worth looking at. Also following the refund chasing cases that have been appearing on the daily discussion threads on here recently, third party bookings appear to be involving more complications.

    • ken says:

      Hilton Wembley in September 1 night £102 earns 7000 Heathrow rewards.

      Hard to beat that for new customers.

      • BJ says:

        Only if the points post, and now if you don’t have to chase refunds. For most it seems to work fine but there has been reports of some people not getting their bonus since forever. However, reports of missing bonuses direct from major chains are not exactly unheard of either.

        • Rob says:

          Rocketmiles generally has a decent reputuation. I did this offer last year and got my 7,000 Heathrow Rewards points with no bother.

          It was marginally more expensive because marriott.com does ‘Member Rates’. I also took a small hit on the VAT, as it was a HFP related trip, but this won’t apply to most people.

          • BJ says:

            I’ve still to do it, largely because I couldn’t get the right hotel at the right time, even had to pass on a £50ish night in Aberdeen once which would have been perfect.

      • Genghis says:

        I remember getting 5k points for a £50 hotel near Izmir airport quite a few years ago.

    • Harry T says:

      It’s sometimes cheaper or the same rate but better value with the points. I’ve used it before for independent hotels. The Silo hotel in Launceston, for example – would highly recommend that on the small chance anyone ends up in Tasmania. They even have a pet dog you can walk!

      • BJ says:

        Is that supposed to be a benefit, or d¥ they give you a discount to walk the dog?

        • Genghis says:

          It’s like when I watch Four in a bed and the “get away in nature” B&Bs sell cooking your own breakfast as a benefit and charge ££££.

          • BJ says:

            Talking of which, did you ever see that episode with the ageing rockers, where the other two owners immediately assumed it was a two horse race and one of the owners clearly looked down their noses at the rockers while the others at least tried to be kind? It was hilarious when they discovered the rockers were clearly the best and even hired a pro chef 🙂

        • Harry T says:

          It’s a benefit if you love dogs! If you don’t like them, you can ignore the old fella, who spends most of his time sleeping.

  • Martin says:

    Issue I have here is whether Rocketmiles would provide the reward for a 1st “completed” booking. I took advantage of a similar offer last year and was due a decent haul of Heathrow Rewards. However my booking is now a COVID-19 cancellation so I’m guessing I would now not qualify as I have previously booked as a new customer even though I have not been able to benefit from a new customer bonus.

    • Pierre says:

      Exactly what I’ve been thinking. I booked using this deal when it previously ran, but my booking has since been refunded. I used my Heathrow Rewards number, so I’m thinking I may not be classed as a ‘new’ customer any longer? Might be worth an email to their customer service in advance of trying to take advantage of this one again…

    • Rob says:

      That is a tricky one.

      I would open a new Rocketmiles account, new email, new credit, different reward account. You are not ‘cheating’ because you didn’t get the reward last time, but you are removing the risk of having to start a huge discussion with Rocketmiles ….

  • ChrisC says:

    I usually find RM offers don’t work for me as the cost is more than booking direct plus I lose out on hotel status and qualifying nights / points.

    But since my hotel status has been extended for a year I don’t need those nights / spend and given the RM rate is the same as my existing refundable booking I may switch it closer to the time of my stay if the price remains the same (the RM rate is non refundable)

    But as always best to check all options!

    • ChrisC says:

      BTW any bonus offers / referral bonus for opening a Heathrow Rewards account?

  • Paul says:

    This is a great deal but you must exercise caution!

    To actuall get the miles means following a quite intricate booking process and get every stage right. I got the deal about a year ago but only on the 3rd attempt. Rocket miles denied it on the first two bookings. I would add that the CS is actually responsive but very rigid. Good luck