In an exciting bit of news to me, being based here in Seattle, PointsHound is now offering the chance to earn miles with Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns. To celebrate the new partnerships, they’re offering 1,000 bonus miles on any stay of three nights or more when booked between today and Friday, January 31. If you aren’t a member yet, use my link to sign up and you’ll get 250 bonus miles on your first booking of of any length (I get some miles, too).
PointsHound is my top recommendation for earning miles or points when booking a hotel (read my review and an update). Their competitor, Rocketmiles, has some advantage in a relatively simple program with more miles at a smaller number of participating properties. However, only PointsHound offers more miles when you book more often — as much as twice as many miles for their most frequent customers. Only PointsHound offers a low-price guarantee (so you’re not just “buying” miles with a higher rate). And only PointsHound offers a separate class of Double Up rates that are guaranteed to earn elite status and benefits (typically third-party rates are disqualified from hotel loyalty programs).
It’s this last one that that really appeals to me. As someone who values hotel elite status, I often have to book directly with the hotel and lose out on many cash back portals or other generic loyalty programs like Expedia Rewards. And I’m fine with that. But to be able to book those same qualifying rates AND ALSO get some miles on top is a great perk. Sometimes PointsHound will also offer AAA discounts at certain properties as part of the Double Up program.
Many of you know that I used to be a frequent United customer, so I was disappointed when Rocketmiles and United announced a special partnership last year — and PointsHound stopped offering its customers the chance to earn United miles. I told the guys at PointsHound that they needed to focus on Alaska’s Mileage Plan because it is such an important carrier to those of us living on the West Coast. I’m glad that they finally succeeded. Don’t forget that you can use Alaska’s miles to book on all kinds of other airlines, too, including Delta, American, Emirates, Air France, and British Airways. So when you earn miles with them you have a lot of flexibility in how you choose to redeem them.
Remember, you can use my link to sign up and you’ll get 250 bonus miles and a free upgrade to Level 2 status on your first booking of of any length. I also get some bonus miles and hope you’ll enjoy the service.