Earn miles from hotel stays

To people who aren’t familiar with earning rewards & travel loyalty programs, I would say:

  • you earn miles from flights
  • you earn points from hotel stays

However, this needn’t always be the case as you can also earn miles from hotel stays. Not everyone is into collecting points, so this can be a great deal if you’re looking to add some miles to your preferred frequent flyer account and have a specific redemption in mind. For example: Japan Airlines First Class.

Read: Airline Frequent Flyer Programs 101 – the basics

How to earn miles from hotel stays?

Similar to booking a hotel on other Online Travel Agency (OTA) websites such as Hotels.com, Booking.com, Orbitz,

  1. Enter location where you need/want to stay
  2. Number of persons
  3. Check-in & check-out date,
  4. +Select which type of miles you want to collect.

Depending on which website you book, you could earn miles for the following frequent flyer programs (FFP):

American Airlines AAdvantage, Miles & More, British Airways Avios, Etihad Guest, United Mileage Plus, AirFrance/KLM Flying Blue, Lifemiles, Alaska Airlines MileagePlan, AirAsia BIG, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles… and many more.

Remember, if you use choose to book your hotels on any of these websites you will not earn points or receive status benefits from the hotel loyalty program.

Using the following websites you forego earning points but chose miles instead.

Which websites?

Note that the rates on these websites can be higher, but definitely not always, than other OTA (Booking.com, Orbitz, Expedia, …), in return you are getting frequent flyer miles.


Examples Rocketmiles

Although it may vary from one hotel/city to another or when taking into consideration the various promotions, I personally prefer Rocketmiles because of the numerous promotions, especially first booking bonus and the higher “refer-a-friend” bonus.



What to do with these miles?

  • 4.500 Avios is enough for a one-way flight from Brussels to London
  • 12.500 AAdvantage miles to fly from the Canary Island to Azerbaijan (or all between all countries in Europe – whatever works best)

= you’re potentially getting some great value in return!

Special Offers

Get extra bonus miles on your first booking

(and don’t forget the 1.000 miles referral bonus)

Earn miles from hotel stays

You should consider using Rocketmiles, Pointshound or Kaligo.com, if

  • there’s a great promotion (first booking bonus, double or triple miles, 10.000 miles for 1 night)
  • you prefer miles over points
  • someone else is paying

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