Update: Unfortunately this promotion is over early. As it turns out, the promotion was limited to two million miles, and I guess those were exhausted pretty quickly.
Rocketmiles offers airline miles for hotel stays. Online travel agencies get a commission for hotel bookings, so Rocketmiles gives part of that back in the form of miles. The catch is that you don’t earn hotel points when booking this way, since it’s a non-qualifying stay. Whether or not that’s worth it depends on your situation.
Rocketmiles offers miles with all kinds of different programs, and at the moment there’s a potentially amazing deal.
Through 6PM CT today (or something — either the time is wrong or the counter is wrong), LifeMiles is offering up to 5x miles on hotel bookings through their portal. This is only available for a few hours, so you’ll want to act fast if interested.
This is potentially an opportunity to pick up a lot of miles, though don’t necessarily assume all of these are great deals. That’s because in many cases we’re seeing them inflate the costs of stays. Still, this could represent an exceptional value.
For example, I see a rate of $700 at the Four Points by Sheraton Midtown Times Square in New York, and you’d earn 55,000 LifeMiles.
Not even factoring in the value of the hotel stay, that’s like acquiring LifeMiles for just 1.27 cents each, which is an exceptional value.
In this case the Four Points is even charging $700 directly, so they’re not even inflating the cost.
Note that many hotels may offer an even better return than that, and other hotels will offer a significantly worse return. So feel free to share your finds in the comments below, because I bet there are some even better values to be had.
This has the potential to be a great promotion…
Note that the terms state you actually have to complete the stay in order to earn the bonus. I’m not sure if that’s the case in practice or not, though hopefully others can chime in with their experiences.
Do you see any great deals here, and do you plan on taking advantage of this promotion?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)