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When Rocketmiles first came out I was of course excited to see another way to earn potentially thousands of airline miles via booking hotels on their site, but I had three main issues with the program.
1. The prices seemed kinda high some of the time compared to what I could find elsewhere.
2. They only had a limited number of hotel options in select (major) cities.
3. You had to assume you wouldn’t earn hotel points/elite status credit since you were booking via a third party.
It was still potentially a good option in some cases, but those cases were relatively limited for me personally. However, things seem to be improving at least on the first two points based on some of my own searches. My mom has to attend a wedding in the near future in Longview, Texas. Never heard of Longview, Texas? That’s okay, and I assumed that RocketMiles probably hadn’t heard of it either since they were historically pretty useless when searching for hotels in small cities. However, RocketMiles not only had some hotel options in Longview, but it had the one that my mom wanted to book anyway as she has stayed there before and had a good experience. Color me pleasantly surprised.
The next barrier naturally was price, and I have been watching the price for her like a (semi-distracted) hawk. The lowest price that RocketMiles offered was basically the same as the lowest price you could get anywhere without using an AARP or AAA type code. Since my mom can use those codes, she would be paying about $6 more to book via RocketMiles, but in the process she would be earning the standard 1,000 miles for staying that one night plus 3,000 bonus miles since this is her first booking with RocketMiles and was eligible for a promotion. I don’t know if the 1,000 bonus mile new customer offer she could get by being referred by me would end up stacking with all of that or not, but assuming that she earns “just” 4,000 United miles for her roughly $107 pre-tax reservation, that is pretty huge.
Those United miles are worth somewhere between $60 – $80 for most people in the miles and points world, and they are way more valuable than the few Hilton HHonors points she may be forgoing by booking via RocketMiles. My mom isn’t chasing elite status with anyone, and is certainly going to come out ahead by paying a about $6 extra to book with Rocketmiles and earn at least 4,000 United miles in the process. If you or a family member is in a similar position, it might be worth a second look at RocketMiles the next time you need to make a hotel reservation – especially if you are still eligible for some of their new customer bonuses!
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