Rocketmiles is a hotel booking website with a twist – it offers you a certain number of loyalty points in various schemes if you book a hotel through it.
The loyalty schemes available via Rocketmiles are plentiful, and include:
- Alaska Mileage Plan
- Etihad Guest
- Flying Blue
- BA Executive Club
- Singapore Krisflyer
- Virgin Flying Club
- Emirates Skywards
- Aerlingus Aerclub
- Heathrow Rewards
Whether the points earned via Rocketmiles means that this is the best place to book varies enormously, and we certainly recommend you do some price comparison before you commit to a booking through Rocketmiles.
However, one thing certainly helps boost Rocketmiles’ value, and that’s a sign-up bonus…
The current Rocketmiles sign-up bonus
If you sign up to Rocketmiles and book via this link (or on the Rocketmiles app using code “daydream”) by 31 March 2021, you’ll receive 5,000 bonus miles on top of the ordinary miles you would receive.
Which loyalty points you choose to earn with Rocketmiles, and what their value is to you will vary massively depending on personal circumstances.
However, for the sake of this post, I am running with the example of Avios, which I value at around 1 cent each. Therefore, the 5,000 points bonus, as Avios, is worth around $50.
At the lower end, you really can cover the entire cost of your hotel room with this Rocketmiles sign-up bonus.
A March 2021 night at the Rodeway Inn Miami will cost you $63, but you’ll get 6,000 Avios back – worth around $60!
And just to prove the title of this article works and you really can cover the entire room cost, a $60 points rebate at the Red Roof Plus Chicago Willowbrook puts you $3 “up” on a $57 one night stay in March night:
At a higher level, you’re still getting a massive (effective) discount on your room. The Radisson New York Midtown-Fifth for example, will cost you $34 for a night:
While the San Francisco Marriott Marquis can be yours for an unbeatable $85 for a night:
These are of course just random examples – there’s a huge range of rooms and rebates available for you. The one important consistent point, however, is the 5,000 bonus points.
Should you use Rocketmiles?
Whether you use Rocketmiles on an ongoing basis is down to you. Personally, I think it’s always worth factoring in when you are shopping around for hotel stays.
That said, the usual end result for me of any shopping around for me, is that booking directly turns out the cheapest, and you always get status benefits when you book directly – this is not guaranteed with Rocketmiles.