Rocketmiles is an ‘almost-brand-new’ hotel booking search engine (or app) that rewards you when you book a hotel in their network.
If you embrace the concept of free flights or travel hacking, listen up, cause these guys are shelling out the mile points.
Is it time to ditch Orbitz or Kayak?
The whole idea behind the Chicago-based travel program is to get people earning 1,000 miles per stay, at minimum. Not this wacky 50-100 points per stay stuff, this is the real deal.
So here’s how it works:
You head over to Rocketmiles.com, book your next hotel, then accumulate miles points that will be honored by most airlines, including Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines, Southwest, British Airways, US Airways, Iceland Air, Qatar Airways and more.
99% of the time, you don’t pay more for hotel prices, as Rocketmiles negotiates with hotels and buys unused hotel space at severely lower costs.
They’re led by a former hotel booking exec so they understand how the hotel buying space works.
Look, it’s the same model that most of these hotel apps are using (like Hotel Tonight) but Rocketmiles coughs up the free miles for the people.
I can dig that.
Also, their customer service is great. I had to email them about a few things and I got replies within hours. This is important, as there are a lot of obscure programs out there with limited customer service.
Is it the hotel booking end-all for travel hackers?
No, there are other hotel booking alternatives, as most major airlines offer miles when you book a hotel using other major portals.
Here are a few major hotel award programs:
Some of these programs offer decent miles, but Rocketmiles makes it a one-stop location and it’s hard to compete with 1,000+ points per booking.
So, they get my final recommendation.
Either way, don’t matter who you are – digital nomad, business traveler, etc – you need to be leveraging your spending with points, Rocketmiles or not.
Enjoy your travels.