It is a funny world out there. Besides earning loyalty program points for staying in hotels, it is also possible to earn airline miles, bitcoins or a cash back for just booking a hotel. Here’s how…

Both are like any other hotel booking services, just that additionally you can earn miles in one of the listed airline frequent flyer programs. PointsHound seems to have larger list of hotels. For instance, PointsHound shows a long list for Bangalore while RocketMiles shows just 3. PointsHound even lists hotels in tier 2 cities like Mysore. If you are a geek and not a miles junkie then choose to earn bitcoins with PointsHound. JetAirways JPMiles is also an available option in PointsHound

Use these referral links to signup for some extra credits-

PointsHound: Additional 250 miles (+ possibly another 1000 more) on your first hotel booking. For bookings made by April 1, 2014, grab an extra 1000 miles under the spring promo

RocketMiles: Additional 1000 miles referral bonus on the first hotel booking

This is simple and straightforward. Search your preferred hotel chain (or any of the listed retailers) & click through from Quidco/TopCashBack. Your booking is tracked and cash back is credited a few weeks after the stay. You can request a transfer to your Paypal account. Be sure to check both of them and select the one that has a higher cash back. I have used both of them & they works equally well.

In all the above, stay in the hotel is mandatory. If not, we all could be like the smart guy who enjoyed the first class lounge of China Eastern airlines for an year by booking & re-booking a first class ticket without flying once!

UPDATE- 2nd Apr 2014: 
RocketMiles has added Qatar Airways to the list of airline programs.

As an introductory offer, first time bookings will earn a bonus of 5,000 miles in the Qatar Airways Priviledge Club program. To be booked by 31st May 2014 and stay completed by 31st Dec 2014. Sign up with RocketMiles using this link for an additional 1000 miles.

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