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Rocketmiles – a hotel booking service where you can earn bonus miles with the site’s 11 airline partners instead of hotel points – is offering a “Dublin” miles double miles promo on bookings in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
To be eligible, you must book by 11:59pm CT for hotel stays now through December 31, 2014 (check-out must be by this date). It’s valid only on bookings made today in Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia, and it’s only valid on new bookings, not existing reservations. You can’t stack it with other bonuses like sign-up bonus miles, and if you cancel a reservation and rebook through this promo, Rocketmiles will retract your bonus points. Limit one stay per customer.
Rocketmiles can be a lucrative way to rack up bonus miles on reservations where you wouldn’t normally be earning hotel points or status. The site partners with Aeroplan, Alaska, American, Etihad, Flying Blue (Air France/KLM), Frontiers, Hawaiian, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Virgin America. It can be worth it even if you are staying at a chain where you’d normally earn points/status because you’re earning so many more bonus miles), so do the math for yourself, compare your points/miles earning as well as the nightly rates, to see if booking through this promo makes sense for you instead of booking directly with a hotel or an OTA.
For instance, on a sample Boston hotel booking for the end of March/beginning of April, a three-night stay at the Intercontinental Boston will earn you 24,000 American Airlines miles while the Fairmont or the Taj will earn you just 6,000 miles – though the per-night rate at the Intercon is about $100 higher.
Your miles will definitely vary, so it can pay to look around and book a property that makes sense for you and scores you the highest bonus. As I mentioned, Rocketmiles is also useful for earning miles on stays where you wouldn’t earn hotel points or stay credit otherwise. For example, you could earn 6,000 bonus AA miles on a 3-night stay at the Thompson, the Public or the James in Chicago – three trendy boutique properties that aren’t part of a major loyalty program.
So if you have a stay coming up that you know you can already book in Boston, Chicago or Philadelphia, it’s worth looking into this promo and scoring double miles where possible. Also check out this post: