Online bonus miles hotel booking service Rocketmiles is currently running two promotions concurrently. One offers 3000 bonus Avios on any hotel booking, while the other offers 5000 bonus Etihad Guest miles on any booking.
You don’t need to be particularly advanced in your mathematics to work out that the Etihad Guest offer is more generous, but which offer works best for you will of course depend on your mileage preference.
What exactly is Rocketmiles?
Quite simply, Rocketmiles awards you air miles for hotel bookings. Outside of the bonus miles offers above (which must be applied to the scheme stated), you can ordinarily choose one of a number of airline frequent flyer programmes (including Avios, AAdvantage and Etihad Guest) to add these miles to. Customers earn an average (apparently) of 5,000 miles on each hotel booking, and that is not including the bonuses above.
In all, you can earn miles in the following programmes through Rocketmiles:
In terms of timing, the Avios offer runs until 30 June, for stays up to 31 December 2015, while the Etihad offer runs until 31 May 2015 (it does not appear to have a “stay-by” date).
Please note that these bonus offers are available to new users only: if you’re already a member of Rocketmiles, you won’t get the bonus (although you will of course earn the ordinary number of miles for your stay).
The key value with the “bonus miles” hotel websites is often in the sign-up bonuses. Standard bookings may offer some value when you factor in the miles, but it is essential that you compare the cost with a direct booking, or booking through the likes of lastminute.com, hotels.com etc. If your room is substantially cheaper elsewhere without the miles, it’s unlikely to be a value offering to go with the bonus miles sites.
Don’t forget to have a look at our Free Miles/Points page for all current free/bonus miles and points opportunities.