Cast a gimlet eye over those gifts you received during the December holidays. See anything you’re not crazy about? An ugly sweater or tie? That inspirational calendar? Here’s how to turn it into 1,000 frequent flyer miles.
This is a clever marketing ploy to get us to pay attention to a website I’ve mentioned before on the air. It’s called Rocketmiles.com, and it’s a site that rewards you with thousands of miles if you book a hotel through Rocketmiles. If you collect frequent flyer miles in programs by American, United, Alaska, and other airlines, you can easily pick up an extra two or three thousand miles by booking a hotel this way.
And until the end of this month, if you send a non-perishable gift you didn’t like to Rocketmiles, they’ll give you 1,000 extra miles with your first hotel booking. Pretty creative, I think.
How are prices? I checked out a stay at the Santa Monica Loews for this coming weekend. Rocketmiles quoted me $318 a night and offered 4,000 miles on American. I went to the hotel’s site and found the same price, so why not book through Rocketmiles and pocket the miles?