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Bonus Airline Miles For Booking Hotels With Rocketmiles

by on March 15, 2013 · 14 comments

in Hotel Industry, Rocketmiles

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Rocketmiles is a hotel search engine and booking app you can sign up for here that works with a few premium hotel partners in several US cities to offer customers who book rooms bonus miles with American Airlines, Delta, United and Hawaiian Airlines.

Earn thousands of bonus airline miles for hotel bookings.

Earn thousands of bonus airline miles for hotel bookings.

So far, Rocketmiles has hotel partners in:

Atlanta
Boston
Chicago
Denver
Houston
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
New York
San Diego
San Francisco
Washington, DC

However, there are only a few hotels in each city. For instance, in New York, a search usually yields just 5 hotel partners each time. Rocketmiles claims to select only a handful of high-quality hotels in each city that have been screened by its staff  to maintain its offer values and that most properties are 4 stars are better.

That said, there do seem to be plenty of options depending on the dates you want to book, and hotel rates in New York City this month, for example, range between $200-400.

Where this gets interesting is in the opportunity to earn thousands of bonus miles, even on a single night booking. For instance, I checked a one-night stay in New York City midweek next week, and the Grand Hyatt, the Roosevelt Hotel and the Affinia Manhattan all offered 5,000 bonus United, American, Delta or Hawaiian Miles just for the one night.

Rocketmiles NYC

For a quick comparison, the Grand Hyatt rate on Rocketmiles was $359 for the night and I’d earn 5,000 miles on any of those airlines and no Hyatt points (though I’d try presenting my Hyatt number at check-in and seeing what happened).

If I were to book the Grand Hyatt directly through Hyatt.com, it would have cost $309 for the night so I’d earn 1545 Hyatt Gold Passport points and 500 miles with any of those partners.

Grand Hyatt

On Priceline, that Grand Hyatt room was also $309, and no miles or Hyatt points.

Grand Hyatt Priceline

So in this instance with Hyatt, I’d be paying a $50 premium to earn 4,500 more miles than I’d be earning by booking directly with Hyatt, meaning I’d be paying about 1.1 cents per mile. I value United miles at about 2 cents apiece – which is one of the reasons I love Ultimate Rewards points so much – so in my estimation I’m coming out ahead in this instance.

From what I can tell, the pricing of the hotel room isn’t tied to the number of miles you earn. For instance, though it costs $450 that same night, you only earn 2,500 miles, so it must depend on the rate that Rocketmiles has negotiated with brands or individual properties.

How many miles you earn doesn't correlate to room rate.

How many miles you earn doesn’t correlate to room rate.

What’s also interesting is that longer bookings have diminishing returns. There’s a 1,000-mile booking bonus right now when you book your first stay by March 21 for stays through June 14, so that accounts for some of it. That bonus was targeted, but it may be open to new members, so you should try signing up and seeing what bonus you get.

However, take the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, for example. One night, as we saw, earns you 5,000 miles. Two nights goes up to 2,500 miles – so already you’re at 50% the second night.

Roosevelt 75k

And then three nights only gets you 8,000 miles, meaning you’re only earning 500 miles for that third night.

Roosevelt 8k

Where this might make sense is if you’ve already worked your way to elite status for the year, or if you are staying somewhere where your hotel program or property of choice is not available for your nights, you can use Rocketmiles to earn thousands of airline miles instead at a property that doesn’t normally offer points rather than booking a hotel with another search engine like Orbitz or Priceline where you won’t get points or miles.

That said, always do the math and make sure the pricing and cost-per-mile makes sense for you and your needs. I think paying 1.1 cents per mile isn’t a bad deal at all, especially if you just need a few thousand miles to top up your account, but just be sure the premium is worth it to you.

If you’re looking to earn hotel points and status, you can’t usually do so when booking at a site like this – you have to book directly through the hotel, but people report earning points and status by adding their membership number to a reservation after booking it or at check-in, so it might still be possible. Has anyone used Rocketmiles? What was your experience? Did you earn points or status on the booking? And how long did your bonus miles take to post?

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  • http://www.frequentflyerbonuses.com/ FFBonuses

    Competing with PointsHound?

  • thetravelplaybook

    Definitely competing with Points Hound.

  • http://twitter.com/harlanvaughn Harlan Vaughn

    Is there a referral code?

  • Michael

    I might be the dumbest traveler on the planet, but

    1) how do you earn 500 miles when booking a stay with Hyatt as a diamond member? Maybe I have to go to the back of the class, but I’d love to know the best way to earn a stay credit, Hyatt points and airline miles –

    2) can you unlock the mystery using 3rd party booking engines (like the one above or AA.com or orbitz) to get lower rates and stay credits?

    3) did you get a stay credit for the above hotel stay?

    Thanks so much!

  • Mitty

    So… I wish I knew this when I signed up, but you actually get a bonus 1,000 miles if you use a referral code and make a booking. (Whoever owns the referral code also gets 1,000 miles after your first booking too.)

    Anyway. In case anyone needs a referral code at sign up, here is mine: C8NAS8U3

  • Eriq

    Here’s a reference code: S2H3E6X8

  • BOB

    these guys don’t answer phones and claim you check in and charge you even if your flight was cancelled. My friends just got screwed

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  • Jake

    PROMO CODE: EZRA5
    Win 1000 bonus miles when registering and booking your first hotel.

  • jerry
  • Smartravels

    Referral code EZRA5
    5000 Bonus points

  • Lulu

    Just booked(5/5/14) using promo link for one night Chicago and
    provided Southwest Rapid Rewards number on their site – will get 1,000
    points! Their site is easy to use, and points are added after your
    stay. PROMOTIONAL LINK used for RocketMiles:
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  • Sydney

    My only question are these bonus miles, or are do they count as elite miles?

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