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Get 5,500+ Avios or other miles with a £37+ Rocketmiles hotel booking

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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  You can earn airline miles and other loyalty points in a wide variety of schemes when you book your hotel stays via

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, 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.

Get 5,000 Avios with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking

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.

Earn 5000 Avios with first Rocketmiles hotel booking

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 – September 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 30th September), IHG Rewards (‘mystery’ bonus, usually 100%, to 8th October) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 31st October).

Comments (55)

  • Adam says:

    Any estimates as to how long this deal will be live for?

    • Rob says:

      It was meant to end in December 2020. As I noted, it got extended by 3 months and they removed the minimum spend criteria. There is a 50/50 chance they choose to roll it over again I think.

      • Adam says:

        Thanks for the prompt response. As I’m new to this I have one more question and I’m sure others might be wondering this, too – will the “Free Cancellation” bookings allow a change of date rather than a complete cancellation as well? Know I could do with a night at a hotel but not sure which night will be convenient as it won’t be allowed before May 17th, so was thinking I’d just book a free cancellation room and adjust the day closer to the date.

  • mart says:

    just tried to book 2 different hotels ,just getting the swirling circle with booking your room message indefinitely?

  • Gary Dunn says:

    Thanks for the prompt.
    Booked the Best Western in Aberdeen – £28.95 for a single room and the bonus confirmed by email.

  • Graeme says:

    No hotels for me in Tirana if I want to collect Avios and five if I want Heathrow Rewards. I’d love to use the site but it never works for me. Oh well.

    • ChrisC says:

      They why not collect HR then move over to avios?

      There is a hotel I want to book in Manchester that isn’t on the BA list but is on the HR one. So I’ll take the points via HR then move them over to BA at a later date.

      For such little effort is seems a shame not to do it.

      • Graeme says:

        Sorry, should have been clearer – the five don’t appeal. It’s always the way, sadly.

  • Binks says:

    Prices for the hotels are much higher than booking direct. For example I am looking at the crowne plaza gerrards cross – £120 direct v £205 via rocket miles (you get 1000 Virgin miles in addition).

    • ChrisC says:

      It does vary though and in the past my experience was the same as yours – much higher than bookign direct

      I booked a night at the Doubletree in Manchester for £76 in July via RM and it was same as the non member rate on the Hilton app and the same as expedia.

    • Rich says:

      I don’t know where they get their inventory from. Like you, I’ve seen prices vary from the ‘same as booking direct’, to ‘wildly expensive’.

      They did come up trumps for me once when they were listing a particular Holiday Inn I wanted that was sold out on IHG. It was expensive, but the bonus points brought the cost down to reasonable.

  • BH says:

    I tried booking HEX near London City at a good rate. First wouldn’t take AmEx for a GBP booking, then “sold out” after checking my MasterCard. Curiously, all the alternatives offered are three times the price. I think I’ll pass…

    • ChrisC says:

      Actually I had that yesterday but I just did the search again and my desired hotel popped up again !

  • Lady London says:

    ….and honestly the Sofitel would be the better value of the two.

    If you do want the Sofitel then secretescapes reportedly quite often around 85. Noting couple of negative reports about secretescapes apparently denying refund for closed hotels. Almost certainly not an issue with this Sofitel though.

  • S says:

    Just trying to book a Hilton Garden Inn via RocketMiles, and will cancel the direct booking – the difference in price is £6, which seems pretty good for 5500 Avios. But it doesn’t seem to accept Amex for payment: you get the errors ” This credit card type is not accepted when paying in GBP. Please choose a different method of payment.” and “Invalid CVV”. It isn’t the latter causing the former, because it correctly detects it is an Amex as the card number is entered.

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