Rocketmiles has been around for a little while and is a pretty unique way of earning frequent flyer miles for your hotel bookings – and I thought I would take a look at it.
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- American Airlines AAdvantage program
- Avios Travel Rewards Programme
- British Airways Executive Club
- Club Premier Aeromexico
- Etihad Guest
- Air France/KLM – Flying Blue
- Frontier EarlyReturns
- Hawaiian Miles
- JetBlue TrueBlue
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Norwegian Reward
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Royal Jordanian Royal Plus
- Southwest Rapid Rewards
- Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- United MileagePlus
- US Airways Dividend Miles
- Virgin America Elevate
Malaysia Airlines has recently joined as a member, but unfortunately Singapore Airlines is not yet a member.
The Amount of Miles You Can Earn
I decided to have a look at hotels in Bangkok for a one night stay in October. All of the hotels I checked offered a minimum of 1,000 Miles per night, with a couple offering 2,000. I have found that with RocketMiles longer stays do sometimes benefit from some bonus Miles. When I looked at 3 nights for around the same dates Conrad Bangkok Residences was offering 14,000 Enrich Miles for a 3 night stay – an average of 4600 per night which is a good return. The price stated was $249 USD per night which was comparable with other online travel agents.
Earning rates do vary between the different frequent flyer program that you use, so British Airways Executive Club may earn more than Malaysia Airlines Enrich and visa versa for the same hotels.
It is a pretty simple process for earning the miles on hotel bookings:
Rocketmiles and Hotel Status/Points
Generally when you book rates with Rocketmiles and stay at branded hotels you won’t receive your usual status, benefits or points for that hotel. Some chains however will still extend their benefits but that is up to the hotel itself. Some people have reported earning points anyway but I wouldn’t expect it.
Many Hotels are Earning Partners of Frequent Flyer Programs Anyway – Why use RocketMiles?
It’s a good question to ask why would you bother with Rocket Miles if your frequent flyer program has a partnership with the hotel anyway. There are a number of reasons why you might want to consider booking through RocketMiles instead.
Firstly a lot of the partnerships between frequent flyer programs and hotel chains only offer the miles per stay and not per night. So for example Enrich members would only earn 600 Enrich miles for a 3 night stay at the Conrad residences in Bangkok if you just handed over your Enrich card (you could of course earn Hilton HHonors Points and transfer as well) – whereas by using RocketMiles you’ll earn 14,000 instead – a much better return.
Secondly, you can also earn in some cases directly through the amount of spend, but again you are unlikely to be spending enough to earn 1,000 Miles per night (for Enrich).
I really like the idea of being able to directly earn with an airline program, especially where a hotel is not part of a chain and has no affiliation. So generally I’ll try to use RocketMiles for those bookings, but there are alternatives that you should consider including Welcome rewards which I’ve already posted about as well as PointsHound which is a similar service to RocketMiles. RocketMiles could also significantly simplify your earning of miles and points, and I’m also hoping that Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer will join soon.
If you haven’t used RocketMiles before then you can get 1,000 extra Miles for you first booking and stay using the link below:
Have you used RocketMiles before? What did you think? Leave a comment below….