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.
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
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.
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):
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.)