Rocketmiles is a great website offering returns on hotel bookings. In the past I used it with Norwegian Reward to get ~ $170 back on a two night stay. While their rates aren’t always the best, sometimes the returns are good enough to outweigh the small price premium. They’re partnered with dozens of large airline loyalty programs, including United, Delta and American. Interestingly, crediting to different programs seems to bring up different search results though.
Most milage based programs have the same return per night at the hotels that appear across most searches. That’s why, in most cases, it’s good to credit your stay to Virgin America Elevate or another program that has a high cent-per-point value. Well, through the end of the year Topbonus could actually be the best program to use.
At the moment, Air Berlin have partnered with Rocketmiles to offer double miles on all bookings through December 31, 2016. This means you can earn up to 20,000 award miles per night, which is an incredible return! While I’d usually choose another program, earning a 100% bonus per night is unbeatable.
While most of us probably don’t use Topbonus as our main loyalty program, they offer a generous status match policy that I and many others have used in the past. During my year as Sapphire I ended up crediting a few flights to Topbonus by mistake, meaning I already have a decent balance with Air Berlin. This Rocketmiles campaign will be a great way to prevent those points from expiring.
I did some searching and the best return I could find was 11,000 miles/night – here are some examples:
While I wouldn’t jump on the $559/night at the Mandarin Oriental just to get 11,000 points/night (the stay I searched was two nights), earning 9,000 miles/night at the Park Hotel Hong Kong is definitely a good incentive when combined with the cheap $180/night rates. Meanwhile, New York also has some good options:
The Doubletree by Hilton may not be the nicest hotel in New York City, but 10,000 miles/night for $259 is a great return. You can also earn 8,000 miles/night at the Holiday Inn on lower Manhattan for example.
If you’re planning on using Rocketmiles to book an upcoming hotel stay, you should really consider Topbonus.
Will these miles be useful?
Ben has written extensively about the financial hardship that Air Berlin is going through at the moment. There are significant challenges facing the airline, but I’m not too worried they’ll disappear anytime soon so I wouldn’t hesitate to credit my miles to Topbonus. Their award chart for partners looks as follows:
One value that sticks out is 70,000 miles for Etihad business class from Europe to South & Central Asia and Africa. Southeast Asia for 80,000 miles isn’t bad either. The problem is that Air Berlin partner awards can only be booked by phone and as of December 2016, Air Berlin only has a German speaking call center!
Not only can Air Berlin awards be booked on their website, but there seems to be a sweet spot for long haul redemptions. One-way awards from Europe to New York cost only 40,000 miles plus a slightly larger than average fuel surcharge.
Given how easily 40,000 miles can be earned through this promotion, I think the additional €268 are fair enough. Award space seems to be pretty good, especially going from the US to Europe.
If you have any upcoming hotel bookings, you might want to consider using Rocketmiles to take advantage of this promotion. Earning 9,000 miles/night for $180 is extremely generous and I’m sure there are many cases where you could find even better returns. While I wouldn’t book a stay as a “milage run” for this promotion, I’d definitely enjoy earning 10,000+ miles per night on a booking I was planning to make anyway. I hope to use this for my upcoming trip to Oman in March!
Will you credit your miles to Topbonus to take advantage of this offer?