Short Getaways That Earn Lots of Airlines Miles via Rocketmiles Promo

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Earlier today I posted about a promo that Rocketmiles is running today and tomorrow that will give you double airline miles for hotel stays booked by 11:59PM CT on 10/4/13 for stays through 10/31/13.  Since Rocketmiles sometimes gives out huge mileage bonuses for booking your stays through them, this has the potential of bringing in some substantial airline mile hauls for your hotel stay (max one 2x bonus per person).  I recommend reading this post to learn more about Rocketmiles and the current promo.

In the comment section of that linked post I was asked if I knew of any “good deals” for weekend getaways in Texas to take advantage of this double miles promo.  I was sort of curious myself, so I did a little research to give you an idea of what is possible.  Simply due to time constraints, I kept my examples Texas specific and just looked at Friday October 18th, but I encourage you to go through the same exercise for your area if you are itching for a night or two away this month.  Keep in mind that Rocketmiles does not always have the lowest price for a hotel, so you need to be sure you aren’t overpaying for the airline miles by booking with them.  That said, I did find a few hotels that looked to be pretty good deals to me based on the lowest going rate for the room that I found elsewhere, and the number of miles earned.  Also be aware that there is a bonus for 3,000 US Airways miles for your first booking that does not stack with this 2x promo, so you need to pick between the two.

Also note that these are only pretty good deals if you already wanted to stay at one of these properties.  None of them are good enough deals to book a “mattress run” solely for the airline miles since you could outright purchase the airline miles cheaper elsewhere.

Grand Hyatt San Antonio – $249

Earn 10,000 United miles for one-night stay on Friday October 18th

San Antonio is a really fun town (when it isn’t too hot in the summer), and this hotel is located just off the River Walk.  This is the exact same price as the hotel is going for that night on Hyatt.com, though you could get the rate a bit lower using a AAA code or similar.  For 10,000 United airlines mile I would pass on my AAA discount and get the miles!

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Hyatt Regency Houston – $179

Earn 6,000 United miles for one-night stay on Friday October 18th

This hotel is very close to the Theater District, George R. Brown Convention Center, and Toyota Center.  It is a part of town that is pretty quiet on weekends unless there is an event going on, but can be a great place to headquarters out of if you do plan to take advantage of an event in downtown Houston that weekend.  Again, the lowest daily rate I see on Hyatt.com is the same price as Rocketmiles, $179.  Of course you could knock that down some with a AAA rate or similar if you wanted to book directly with Hyatt.

Warwick Melrose Hotel – Dallas – $311

Earn 10,000 United miles for one-night stay on Friday October 18th

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To give an example of a non-chain hotel (as far as I know), this hotel is selling for $299 on expedia.com right now for this date, and is is $311 via Rocketmiles.  Certainly worth the extra $12 for 10,000 United miles for the one-night stay.  On the hotel’s website I saw some options for about $40-$50 less for the one-night if you booked a non-refundable rate, had AAA, or AARP.  There was also one rate for 10% stays two nights or longer, though it seemed to be working for this one-night stay.  So again, you can probably save 10-15% via the hotel’s site directly over the Rocketmiles deal, especially if you have AAA.  Still, I would pay that difference for 10,000 United miles if I wanted to stay here.

Warwick Melrose Hotel - Dallas, Texas

Photo from the Warwick Melrose Hotel website

In my limited searching it seems you absolutely can usually get a better price for a room if you book directly with the hotel site instead of via Rocketmiles, especially if you have access to any sort of discount code.  However, that difference is not always that substantial, and at least in the examples shown here, the number of miles you can earn via Rocketmiles more than makes up for the price difference in certain cases.  As always, take all things into consideration when deciding which deal is best for you, but earning 10,000 United miles in one night is something that will always at least make me look twice.

 

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Comments

    • Freddy, let me know if you find anything good! My Oct schedule is likely too full to add a local getaway, but could work well for some.

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