For much of 2020 and Q1 of 2021, hotel booking site Rocketmiles has been running an EXCELLENT ‘first user’ promotion which can earn you 5,500+ easy Avios, Virgin Flying Club or other airline miles from just one night.
Bookings under this offer need to be made by 31st March although you can stay later.
In my view this has been potentially the most generous hotel offer of recent months – although it has gone under the radar for many – and it is worth making a booking in over the next two weeks if you qualify.
Even better, Rocketmiles has removed the ‘minimum booking cost’ restriction.
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, which may be an issue if you are travelling for business in the UK.
Get 5,500+ miles with your first Rocketmiles booking
Via this special link, you will earn 5,000 bonus miles, on top of your 500+ base miles, when you make your first booking through Rocketmiles.
You have until 31st March to book and the stay can be at any point in the future.
You get 5,000 bonus points on all participating hotels plus at least 500 base points.
This promotion has become substantially more generous since New Year.
‘Participating hotels’ used to be those costing, roughly, £85 to £100 per night. I can now see UK hotels as low as £37 per night taking part. Without wishing to state the obvious, paying £37 for a hotel and getting 5,500+ Avios in return basically means that your stay is free.
The website automatically searches for a room for two people. You may want to adjust this to one person as it may bring up cheaper single rooms.
Who qualifies for this deal?
It must be your ‘first booking’ with Rocketmiles.
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
- British Airways Executive Club
- Emirates Skywards
- Etihad Guest
- Heathrow Rewards
- United MileagePlus
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
Take Heathrow Rewards instead of Avios …..
British Airways Executive Club is included and 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 5,500+ 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.
I know this is a little odd. My best guess is that Heathrow Rewards sells its points for less than Avios does, and so Rocketmiles can afford to give the bonus on less profitable bookings.
Looking at Manchester for 19th June 2021 and choosing British Airways Executive Club as my partner, I can earn the 5,000 points bonus at 43 hotels based on a one-night stay. The cheapest is £51 and earns 6,000 Avios in total.
However, when I swap to Heathrow Rewards as my bonus (and remember it is a 1:1 transfer into Avios) I see 71 hotels. The cheapest is £37 and offers 5,500 points in total. See here:
Reason 2: Heathrow Rewards points are more flexible than Avios
The second 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 has run some aggressive transfer bonuses in the past. These have included 50% and 100% bonuses when transferring 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’.
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 March although the stay can be for a later 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.
Hotel offers update – April 2021:
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 11th May), IHG Rewards (mystery bonus to 3rd May) and World of Hyatt (25% discount to 30th April).