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Get 2,500 Avios with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking

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Hotel booking site Rocketmiles has launched a new ‘first user’ promotion. This is the first one we’ve seen for a year that covers Avios.

The promotion can earn you 2,500+ easy Avios from just one night.

Bookings under this offer need to be made by 31st March although you have until 31st May to stay. You need to book here.

Get 2,000 Avios with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking

What is Rocketmiles?

Rocketmiles – if you are not familiar with it – is a similar website to 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 2,500+ miles with your first Rocketmiles booking

Via this special link, you will earn 2,000 bonus Avios, on top of your 500+ base Avios, when you make your first booking through Rocketmiles.

The Avios can only be credited to a Qatar Privilege Club account. You can move them into a British Airways Executive Club account by linking your BA and Qatar Airways accounts via the process here.

You have until 31st March to book and the stay must be completed by 31st May

You get 2,000 bonus Avios on all participating hotels plus at least 500 base points.

You can see which hotels include the bonus by the phrase ‘2,000 bonus applied’:

Get 2,500 Avios with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking

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.

Get 2,000 Avios with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking

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 Qatar Privilege Club 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 2,000 bonus points listed.  It means that your hotel is not participating.

Remember that you need to book by 31st March.

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 EC2R 8EJ becomes 28000).  This turns it into a US format zip code and allows it to pass the credit card security check.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (14)

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  • Erico1875 says:

    Strange how changing your post code to one that isn’t allows you to pass a credit card security check😀

    • JDB says:

      The postcode check for cards is only interested in the numbers.

      • RussellH says:

        True, but I suspect that if one entered 28000 rather than 28 in the postcode numerals field in the UK, the check would fail

        • JDB says:

          Quite a few companies that take payment by telephone or use traditional mobile terminals simply ask for the numbers from the postcode; they don’t have the facility to enter the rest of the postcode.

          • RussellH says:

            I am well aware of that – I used to take card payment by telephone with the card payment gateway open in front of me on a computer.
            I was just wondering what might have happened if I had entered UK postcode data padded with zeros as suggested in the article.
            While I do not think that any UK postcode contains more than 3 figures, many countries, apart from the USA[1] have five digit postcodes, and, for all I know, some countries may have more, so the postcode number field is probably not length limited.

            [1] The USA actually has nine digit codes, but instructions back then, and presumably they still apply, was to ignore the second group of four digits.

  • ExpatInBerlin says:

    Is there a minimum level of avios you need to have amassed in your Qatar Privilege Club account before you can move them over to BA please?

  • Gulz says:

    I just booked a room on Rocketmiles from the special link above. But the email confirmation is showing the standard number of Avios. Is that expected?

    • Gulz says:

      oh bummer – should’ve read the complete article before booking!

  • Jonathan says:

    It’s annoying that they refuse to price match if you find a better price elsewhere

  • fippli says:

    I also want to mention a similiar campaign currently running to earn additional miles for UnitedMileagePlus… “MileagePlus exclusive: Book your first hotel on Rocketmiles by June 30, 2023 and get 5,000 bonus miles at select properties. ” Page can be found googleing…

    • Rob says:

      Interesting …. because a Marriott Titanium can turn those into 5,000 Bonvoy points 🙂 T&C does say it is targetted to those who were emailed it though and miles will be awarded “subject to investigation”.

      • fippli says:

        I’ll find out if this will be honoured on a hotel stay on May 6th… fingers crossed…

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