The RocketMiles affiliate links blog posts are coming fast today to promote the 5,000 bonus miles anniversary offer. I decided it was time for Loyalty Traveler to do a little reality check into this offer. I like a good deal.
Is this a good deal to get 6,000 or more miles for a single hotel stay booking?
Here is a check of three California vacation locations with Carmel/Monterey, Napa and San Francisco.
The first thing to know is the selection of hotels is extremely limited for each location.
Thursday November 7, 2013
- Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites $169. Earn 6,000 miles. Best Western.com $140. $29 higher rate.
- The Lodge at Tiburon $169. Earn 6,000 miles. Kayak.com $160. $9 higher rate.
- Orchard Hotel $509. Earn 9,000 miles. Kayak.com $502. $7 higher rate.
- White Swan Inn $379. Earn 7,000 miles. Kayak.com $376. $3 higher rate.
- Pickwick Hotel $399. Earn 7,000 miles.
- Hotel Del Sol $259. Earn 6,000 miles. Joie de Vivre hotel website $259. No rate difference.
San Francisco shows the Best Western Airport at $169 to be $29 more for 6,000 miles earned with a RocketMiles booking. The Lodge at Tiburon is only $9 more. The differences are lower for hotels in San Francisco city, if you can afford those kinds of rates for a hotel night.
Napa Thursday 11/28 (Thanksgiving)
- Silverado Resort $239. Earn 7,000 miles. Kayak.com $190. $49 higher rate.
- Bardessono $600. Earn 7,000 miles. Kayak.com $577. $33 higher rate.
- La Residence $219. Earn 6,000 miles. Kayak.com $186. $33 higher rate.
- Napa River Inn $259. Earn 6,000 miles. Kayak.com $249. $10 higher rate.
For each hotel the RocketMiles price is higher. Napa River Inn is a member of Preferred Hotel Group.
Price range is $10 to $49 more to book through RocketMiles. That is certainly a price worth paying a little more for 6,000 or 7,000 miles.
Monterey/Carmel Tuesday November 12.
RocketMiles lists 5 hotels. Kayak lists 195 hotels.
- Monterey Plaza Hotel $449. Earn 7,000 miles. Kayak.com $303. $147 higher rate with RocketMiles.
- Sanctuary Beach Resort $188. Earn 6,000 miles. Kayak.com $188. Same price.
- Spindrift Inn $199. Earn 6,000 miles. Kayak.com $216. Spindrift Inn website $199. Same Price.
- Coachman’s Inn $229. Earn 6,000 miles. Priceline.com $127.20. RocketMiles is $101.80 higher.
- La Playa Carmel $286. Earn 6,000 miles. Travelocity $244. RocketMiles is $42 higher.
There are significant price discrepancies for some of these Monterey area hotels. Monterey Plaza is $147 higher rate on RocketMiles and Coachman’s Inn $102 higher. Spindrift Inn is a good deal at the same $199 price.
- RocketMiles hotels are a small number of hotels for an area.
- Several hotels had the same rate on RocketMiles as the hotel’s own website. Several hotels were within $10 of the hotel’s own website rate.
- In Monterey there were some large rate discrepancies with 2 of 5 hotels charging $102 and $147 more per night.
Bottom line: Booking a RocketMiles hotel today for the Anniversary 5,000 miles can be a good deal for bonus miles if you can find a hotel with a reasonable rate for 6,000 or more miles.
All these rates are more than I typically spend on hotel nights. Best Western SFO at $169 will be nearly $200 after tax to earn 6,000 miles. That is about $100 more per night than I typically spend at SFO where rates fluctuate wildly and Best Rate Guarantee claims are easy to catch.
I value 6,000 miles at $75.
I have never booked a RocketMiles hotel stay.
Even though the 5,000 bonus miles are a good incentive, I do not see any hotel rate offers that motivate me to launch my first hotel stay bonus with RocketMiles today.