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.
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’:
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.
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 (September 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.