On Wednesday I wrote about improvements to hotel booking site PointsHound — that by this coming week there would be about 1000 major chain hotels that you could book on the site and still earn elite status credit and in-hotel benefits, while earning a rebate in the form of a fairly substantial number of frequent flyer miles.
I offered up my referral link for the site. Everyone being referred by an existing member gets 250 bonus miles with their first booking, and the referrer gets 250 miles as well.
But I didn’t even mention the bonus miles that folks would get by using the link, that’s not why I suggested it. It’s that they gave me a link that would allow new members to earn more miles during their first 60 days (and with 6 nights booked during that time keep the higher level of earning). In other words, because using my link offered better mileage earning that signing up directly.
And 250 miles is fairly de minimus in the context of miles earned for bookings through the site which are often in the thousands.
Normally I’m a fairly good judge of the reaction that my blog posts will engender. It’s usually clear when a post will make people excited, or angry, and whether comments will ensue or not. If I want to get a good controversy going I can always just write about babies on planes….
Well this one took me by surprise. A number of folks were frustrated or angry that I’d offer up my referral link for the site, as though I was hoping that folks would use the link so I’d “get paid” in the form of 250 miles.
Frankly, I have millions of frequent flyer miles and the 250 miles from each first use wasn’t much of a motivator for me.
Ironically, in fact, I even asked PointsHound if there was a way that readers using the link could just get all of the miles for using the link? I didn’t wait to hear back in posting because I was excited by the new features and assumed that the referral bonuses were hard coded and not easily changed. I didn’t expect to be able to get this done.
Well, as one commenter notes, the change was done before I even knew it — they received the following email,
“Also, as a thank you for signing up, you’ll receive an ADDTIONAL 500 miles with your first booking, so start shopping.”
“We will also be upgrading your account to Level 2 status, which will happen with in the next 24 hours. You’ll receive an email from us once completed!”
Hopefully the incremental miles will be useful. I am trying my best, each and every day, to bring you the best mileage and other offers I possibly can. In the coming days and weeks I have a couple of giveaways coming as well, because when merchants I like offer things I try to get them for blog readers instead of taking them on. So a few high-value items in the works. Stay tuned!