New Stackable First Hotel Booking Bonus from Rocketmiles

Rocketmiles, a website that kicks back substantial miles to you for you hotel bookings (but generally doesn’t provide credit for elite status, and for some chains bookings won’t allow elite recognition, also has a limited set of properties)., has introduced a new mileage-earning partner in Virgin America and has a bonus offer to promote it.

Book by July 15 for a stay consumed by December 31 and credit to Virgin America for a 3000 mile bonus — or 5000 miles if you have Virgin America elite status.

Those of you that got a status match from Virgin America may have that through June 30 so there’s a bit of a narrow window for maximizing this even more.

This is a first-time booking bonus for new Rocketmiles customers, so folks that have used the site before aren’t eligible.

On the flipside though, this first-time booking bonus is stackable with the bonus for being referred by an existing Rocketmiles customer.

The normal first booking signup bonus from Rocketmiles is 1000 (when you are referred by an existing member and they get 1000 miles). I’ve arranged for folks using my referral link to get the full 2000 miles.

So non-elites could get 5000 Virgin America miles for their first booking, and elites could get 7000 — and that’s a bonus on top of the miles earned for the money spent on the hotel stay itself.

This is a bigger bonus than it may first appear, or at least it may be — because Virgin America’s points are on a somewhat different scale from legacy mileage programs. Roughly speaking I mentally multiply Virgin America points by 1.5 or 2 to come up with an equivalent.

Here’s San Francisco – London roundtrip on Virgin Atlantic, it’s 60,000 miles for business class (plus since it’s Virgin Atlantic, exorbitant fuel surcharges).

Here’s Los Angeles – Australia roundtrip on Virgin Australia, it’s 90,000 miles for business class (again plus fuel surcharges).

For a longer discussion on the value and limitations on Rocketmiles, including how lucrative bookings can be (and how it compares to PountsHound), see The Other Site that Rebates Big Miles for Your Hotel Bookings.

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  1. […] 3,000+ Bonus Virgin America Elevate Points with First RocketMiles Booking If you’re headed to a major city and don’t mind a limited selection of hotels for booking options, RocketMiles can offer literally thousands of miles or points with every stay booked through them.  They are celebrating their new partnership with Virgin America by offering 3,000 bonus points on your first stay (5,000 if you hold Virgin America status) – and that’s on top of new member joining bonuses of 2,000 miles.  I wrote about my experience booking with RocketMiles recently and think it’s a good way to earn value, with the downside being they partner with very few hotels.  (HT: View from the Wing) […]


  1. @Gary, which program do you usually bank miles to if you were to use Rocket Miles or Points Hound? I’m guessing AA or UA?

  2. It’s actually only 80k from LAX to SYD on VA. You’re looking at one-way prices, for VX redemptions, RTs actually use slightly less than what you would expect from looking at the one-way cost and doubling that.

    It’s also worth noting that YQ might be dropped from VS as Delta doesn’t charge them anymore, and the VX award chart was last update in March, well before Delta showed them dropping YQ.

  3. Your referral link takes me to another blog post, and then the link their takes me back to that same post. Help?

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