Rocketmiles was founded in 2012 to provide frequent travellers with the opportunity to earn a very high number of points/miles when booking hotel stays - a number that well exceeds what you would ever earn when booking direct with the hotel yourself.
They're by far the best website to book through if you value points/mile earning - and they're so simple to use. You can earn up to 10,000 miles per night at some high end hotels; three nights at a high end hotel with your miles credited to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan could give you enough miles for a one-way Cathay Pacific Business Class flight between Auckland and Hong Kong. That's how valuable Rocketmiles can be.
This article gives a quick rundown of the website and its travel partners.
How do I join?
Signing up on www.rocketmiles.com with a valid email address automatically registers you as a member. There is no fee. Visitors to the site can also browse anonymously, and will be signed up automatically when making their first reservation.
Rocketmiles is partnered with many different reward programmes, and the number increases every year.
Even if your preferred programme is not listed, you're bound to be able to channel your points/miles earn towards a programme that allows you to redeem rewards on your favourite airline - e.g. direct your miles towards Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, and then redeem on flights with Qantas, Fiji Airways and Korea Air (sorry to keep using them as an example, but they are one of the best programmes around, as detailed on Point Hacks).
See below for the full list of current partners:
- Aer Lingus AerClub
- Air Astana Nomad Club
- AirAsia BIG
- airberlin topbonus
- Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
- Alitalia MilleMiglia
- Amazon.com Gift Card
- American Airlines AAdvantage program
- American Airlines Business Extra
- Amtrak Guest Rewards
- Asia Miles
- Avianca LifeMiles
- Avios Travel Reward Programme
- British Airways Executive Club
- Club Premier Aeromexico
- Copa Airlines ConnectMiles
- Emirates Skywards
- Ethiopian Airlines ShebaMiles
- Etihad Guest
- Eurowings Boomerang Club
- Finnair Plus
- Flying Blue
- Frontier EarlyReturns
- Gulf Air Falconflyer
- Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club
- HK Express reward-U
- JetBlue TrueBlue
- JetPrivilege JPMiles
- Kuwait Airways Oasis Club
- LATAM Pass
- Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- Meridiana Club
- NCB Lak
- Norwegian Reward
- Oman Air Sindbad
- Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- Royal Jordanian Royal Plus
- Saudi Arabian Airlines Alfursan
- Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
- South African Airways Voyager
- Southwest Rapid Rewards
- TAP Victoria
- Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- United MileagePlus
- Virgin America Elevate
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
You can book for friends and family and earn points/miles for their stays
A great benefit of Rocketmiles is that you can earn rewards from other people's bookings. So if you're anything like me, and find yourself as the de facto travel planner for your friends and family, you can use Rocketmiles to book their accommodation and earn the points/miles for yourself.
Refer-a-friend - bonus 1,000 points/miles
If you think you've got friends or family that would use Rocketmiles, then they have a 'refer-a-friend' programme that will let you both earn a bonus 1,000 points/miles.
- The referrer will receive their bonus points after the friend has completed their stay, and then completed a stay themselves (this is fair - stops people just finding ways to refer the programme to anyone and everyone and never actually booking through the site themselves).
- The friend will receive their bonus after they've completed their stay.
The refer-a-friend bonus is not stackable with other bonuses (the first booking bonus, for example). Because of this, you'll need to be careful about whether you join through the referrer's link - there are frequent first booking bonuses that let you earn up to 3,000 points/miles, which is much better value!
Rocketmiles thrashes the competition in terms of points/miles earn - you'll more than likely earn more miles with the major chain hotels by booking through Rocketmiles, then you will booking direct. This is great if you have no brand loyalty, and you value Business Class flight redemptions and flight upgrades over elite membership with select hotel chains.
However if you stay exclusively with Hilton, for example, you'd be better off booking direct - you'll work your way to elite membership (complimentary room upgrades, breakfast etc.). You won't receive any of these benefits by booking through Rocketmiles. It's all swings and roundabouts, and ensuring you plan your travel bookings in advance to ensure you get the best value.
TL; DR - you want lots of miles, book with Rocketmiles. If you want to be loyal to a hotel chain and earn elite membership, book with the hotel direct. Plan your travel bookings!