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Earn More Miles with Rocketmiles

The fastest way to earn frequent flyer miles is on the ground. This typically means signing-up for travel credit cards. This can be very rewarding and is a great travel hacking method. However, I love new ways to earn miles without credit cards.

Most major airlines have partnerships with hotels that can earn you miles for every stay or night spent in a hotel. These are nice but they come and go and the reward is not great. Hotels have loyalty programs as well but if you don’t stay with the same hotel frequently it is difficult to earn enough points to earn elite status and free nights.

If you would rather focus your efforts on earning miles for free flights then Rocketmiles is the perfect solution.


For example, here are a few ways you could earn miles through Delta hotel partners:

Current ways to earn miles with regular hotels:

  • Hilton– Earn 100-500 miles per night
  • Intercontinental Hotel Group– 1-2 miles per dollar
  • Marriott International– 1-2 miles per dollar spent
  • Starwood– 2-3 miles spent
  • Hyatt– 500 miles per stay
  • Best Western– 250 miles per stay

Not bad but it would take a lot of money and nights in those hotels to accumulate enough miles for even one free domestic flight.

Meet my new favorite travel hack: Rocketmiles

What is Rocketmiles?

Rocketmiles allows you to earn thousands of miles whenever you book a hotel through them. You can expect to earn at least 1,000 miles per night and the average miles per booking is 7,000 miles.

How to Earn Miles with Rocketmiles

You can currently earn miles from:
 US Airways Dividend Miles
 United MileagePlus
 American AAdvantage
 Virgin America

In your account settings you can choose where you want to deposit these miles. You can even deposit them to other family members frequent flyer accounts. Each booking can be deposited to any airline. I would focus on one airline but that is up to you.

How to Earn Miles at Hotels

Rocketmiles is for anyone looking to earn miles fast. Right now they are expanding to more and more cities. Simply browse your travel dates and destination and take a look at the hotels and miles offered for each one. You will find the each city has some great hotels to offer through Rocketmiles.

The miles should show up in your account in about 4 weeks (according to Rocketmiles).


Why Use Rocketmiles?

The way I always look at earning miles is that if I am already spending the money to stay somewhere or buy something, I want to earn miles in return. This means I am not spending money just to earn miles.

Examples of Earning Miles with Rocketmiles

The Business Traveler

The average business traveler takes 12 trips every year and stays 2.4 nights per trip. Sarah fits this description. She earns an average of 3,000 miles for each night she books on Rocketmiles. That’s 80,000 extra miles every year.

80,000 miles is more than enough to fly internationally or redeem a couple of decent domestic fares.

The Couple

RocketmilesJordan and Mary Kate saved enough miles for their second honeymoon in Italy after 7 Rocketmiles bookings.


The Family Planner


Jennifer earned enough miles to take her family on a rafting adventure in the Grand Canyon after 8 Rockmiles bookings.


Now maybe you won’t take 7 trips a year or you don’t need a hotel every time but that is fine. The point is to take advantage of trips you do take and earn miles for every night you sleep in a hotel. It doesn’t matter if that is 1 night per year or 25 you should make the most of it. I am a member of Rocketmiles myself and recommend it to anyone who books hotels when they travel.

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  • Pretty interesting. Just signed up. Let it rain miles!

    • Definitely seems like a great idea, Fred. If I had been using this for my last few bookings I would easily have had enough miles for a domestic flight right now. Hopefully, I will be able to use it this year and let those miles rain!

  • What a great deal! Only issue I see for me is that it’s select cities in the USA. We are leaving on a 2-3 year long RTW trip so no USA for that whole time!

    • I know they have some great ways to earn miles, Hannah! However, with only limited US cities right now your options are limited. Take advantage when you can and use those miles on your RTW adventure. Sounds like an awesome trip, enjoy!

  • I found this post at the perfect time! I’ve got an upcoming vacation to Seattle in 2 weeks (which they have deals for). I’m not sure if I’ll use then this time (still have to check if it’s worth it) but definitely a good site to start. Plus I think you get a 1000 points just for registering? I could brr wrong about that though it might have said after your first purchase … I’m terrible at reading the small print 🙂

  • After a quick check, it seems to me that miles earned through rocket miles are less worth than the savings if booking a similar hotel through Prlceline or Hotwire.

    At least that’s the case for a room that I recently booked which was $55 per night on Hotwire but would be $103 on rocketmiles plus earning 1000 United miles per night. To make these prices equivalent, a United mile would need to be worth ($103-$55)/1000=0.048 or 4.8 cents per mile, which is probably double of what they are actually worth.

    Thus, in this case at least, Hotwire or Priceline would have been a much better option.

    • Good point but I am sure it can vary by city and by hotel which is why I never stop after one search. When I do stay in hotels I will search Rocketmiles first and see if there is something I like or there is good value in the miles. I think offering a simple solution to earn miles for people who aren’t loyal to a brand/card/hotel or to a hotel loyalty program is what I like most about them. It simplifies earning miles at hotels but for those who don’t want the miles they may find other options. Thanks for the tip!