Several days ago I wrote a post about Rocketmiles, a website that lets you airline earn miles for your hotel stays. You’re typically earning these in lieu of hotel points, though there are still many circumstances under which it could make sense to use Rocketmiles:
- You’re staying at an independent hotel which doesn’t have a loyalty program
- You don’t stay at hotels enough to build up a sizable points balance, so value earning miles more
- The reward is simply better for booking through Rocketmiles than through the hotel
- You’re booking a stay for someone else (you can book a Rocketmiles stay for someone else but have the miles credited to your account)
While Rocketmiles offers 1,000 additional bonus miles to those being referred to Rocketmiles, it looks like they’re offering another bonus on top of that at the moment.
First time Rocketmiles users can earn 3,000-4,000 bonus American AAdvantage miles for Rocketmiles bookings through August 15, 2016. This is in addition to the airline miles you’d otherwise earn. Here are the details:
- Earn 3,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for your first stay if you’re an AAdvantage member
- Earn 4,000 bonus AAdvantage miles for your first stay if you have a Citi AAdvantage credit card, and use it to make your first booking
You’ll want to first register to be referred by an existing member, so you can earn 1,000 further bonus miles after your first stay.
Just to give an example, using the 4,000 mile bonus link for having a co-branded American Airlines credit card, you can earn 5,000 bonus miles on the below stays (you usually earn 1,000 miles, plus the 4,000 mile bonus). On top of that you’d earn the 1,000 bonus miles for being referred, as far as I know, for a total of 6,000 miles.
I value American miles at 1.5 cents each, so I value the rewards at more than the cost of the stay.
Of course this is one extreme example for random hotels in Phoenix, though this has the potential to be generally useful.
For example, I’m planning on staying at an LAX airport hotel next week, and The Concourse Hotel (soon to be a Hyatt Regency) is offering 8,000 bonus miles for the one night-stay, factoring in the 4,000 mile bonus. On top of that you should earn 1,000 bonus miles if you’re referred for your first stay. That reward is significantly better than what I’d earn through Hyatt Gold Passport, so I’m tempted to book through Rocketmiles.
If you haven’t yet used Rocketmiles, this is a great opportunity to do so. In addition to the 1,000 miles you get for being referred, you can earn a further 4,000 bonus miles if you pay with a Citi American credit card, in addition to the miles you’d usually earn. For a short stay, a cheap stay, or a stay for someone else, this is a great way to book, in my opinion.