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Bookaahotels vs RocketMiles - useability, experiences, questions, data points

Bookaahotels vs RocketMiles - useability, experiences, questions, data points

Old Jun 23, 22, 3:18 pm
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Got a question, and yes I looked before asking. Is there an easier way to find these hotels on bookaahotels than to just type in a town name and look for what's offered in that area? I found one night that offered 10,000 but the "taxes and fees" were three times the cost of the hotel stay itself. I travel a lot on the road and I can make sure that I stay in a particular area if the points are good. I didn't know if anyone had posted anything or not as to where the best bang for our buck might be.
Another question, do you still get credit if you don't physically "stay" at these places? Yes I know that's throwing money away but if it's a good enough deal then it's a thought. TIA
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Old Jun 23, 22, 3:45 pm
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Originally Posted by 355F1 View Post
haha....this is insane.....

I just booked a $4,000 hotel 5-night hotel stay in Cancun for next month at BAAH and I am getting 70,000 base miles/LPs!!!!!!!

This amazing opportunity for massive bonus points can't possibly last forever....


This qualifies me for EXP once the stay is complete!

Lucky you!!! Especially if the venue is one you actually want to stay at either way.

I have seen deals like this occasionally. They bum me out because I recognize how easy it would be, if I just sucked it up and booked. It's hard for me to pull the trigger on places I don't actually want to stay for vacation though -- regardless of the incentive.

Though I suppose it would be easier someplace new I hadn't been to before. That I'd have nothing to compare it to or be missing a favorite place the whole time, just for points.

I do wish BAAH and RM had a more comprehensive selection of properties offering the LPs.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 6:05 pm
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Can we calm down, the man paid 5.7cpm and $800/night, he earned it...
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Old Jun 23, 22, 7:59 pm
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Originally Posted by nk15 View Post
Can we calm down, the man paid 5.7cpm and $800/night, he earned it...
He certainly paid for it, anyway.

The main draw of these hotel bookings, to me, is not that they represent a spectacular deal -- they don't.

The main draw for me is that they are very very low effort. Sure, you can get 30-35 miles per dollar on a good partner premium economy fare, but that's probably 4 long haul flights (round trip). Which is great if you want to go to the place that they are flying, but if you don't, the hotel bookings are just so much easier. Definitely more money per mile, but extremely low effort.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 8:19 pm
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Originally Posted by 355F1 View Post
haha....this is insane.....

I just booked a $4,000 hotel 5-night hotel stay in Cancun for next month at BAAH and I am getting 70,000 base miles/LPs!!!!!!!

This amazing opportunity for massive bonus points can't possibly last forever....


This qualifies me for EXP once the stay is complete!
I don't think AA would be allowing this if they felt that it was creating too many "loophole" elites. This is basically the equivalent of paying just under $12K for EXP status. On the other hand, given what I have been paying for my BAAH hotel stays, I could achieve the 200K LP threshold with just under $5K in BAAH spend. Or, about $6-7K in spend if I made the threshold via BA TATL travel in premium economy (and which is kind of how I would achieve it in the previous system).
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Old Jun 23, 22, 9:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Fanjet View Post
I don't think AA would be allowing this if they felt that it was creating too many "loophole" elites. This is basically the equivalent of paying just under $12K for EXP status. On the other hand, given what I have been paying for my BAAH hotel stays, I could achieve the 200K LP threshold with just under $5K in BAAH spend. Or, about $6-7K in spend if I made the threshold via BA TATL travel in premium economy (and which is kind of how I would achieve it in the previous system).
Which hotel have you been using, if you donít mind me asking.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 10:37 pm
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
Why can't it last forever? You just spent $4k. How much of that was bonus/boost to buy extra miles?
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Haha that's absurd. Absurd but awesome for you so nice job! Just curious how much of a premium did you pay overall vs booking direct or via another site?
Originally Posted by cmtlatitudes View Post
Lucky you!!! Especially if the venue is one you actually want to stay at either way.
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Can we calm down, the man paid 5.7cpm and $800/night, he earned it...
Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
He certainly paid for it, anyway.

The main draw of these hotel bookings, to me, is not that they represent a spectacular deal -- they don't.
Lots of availability with massive bonus points.

We were going to stay at this hotel anyway.

Booking Direct with hotel was $3550.....

BAAH was:
$3580with 50k Base Miles
$3780 with 60k Base Miles
+$201 for an additional 10k Bonus Miles.

So I paid an extra $500 for a total of 70k LPs.....it doesn't get much better for me, IMO.

But here is the weird part. You have to look through ALL of the hotels in the results....for example.....Secrets The Vine was listed on the front page of the results list but WITHOUT any base miles!!!!! On the SECOND page of the results it was listed with Base Miles.

Seriously. There were a couple like that so beware!






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Old Jun 24, 22, 12:47 am
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Originally Posted by 355F1 View Post

Booking Direct with hotel was $3550.....

BAAH was:
$3580with 50k Base Miles
$3780 with 60k Base Miles
+$201 for an additional 10k Bonus Miles.
Yeah if you were going to pay that much to stay at that hotel anyway it's obviously a great deal. I think that if you stay at luxury hotels anyway ($700/night is a lot for Cancun; I assume it's a pretty nice hotel) then you can definitely collect a lot of miles.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 8:41 am
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I am unfortunately going to no show for an expensive non refundable bookaa reservation. Anything I can do to make it more likely I at least get the points?
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Old Jun 24, 22, 8:50 am
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
Yeah if you were going to pay that much to stay at that hotel anyway it's obviously a great deal. I think that if you stay at luxury hotels anyway ($700/night is a lot for Cancun; I assume it's a pretty nice hotel) then you can definitely collect a lot of miles.
I booked the Honeymoon Suite....so obviously it was a bit more than the basic room.

I'm not really a fan of cheap hotels in places like Mexico so this place is great. Actually, I don't actually like Mexico at all but Covid has restricted my vacations and I now have a gf who has a real job so I can't spend 3-4 months per year traveling the world like I used to pre-covid. Guess I have to start being an adult sometime....

We are going to Cabo in July and staying at Le Blanc, which was like $1k/night as it is the best all-inclusive in Mexico with quality food.

Stuck in North America until August....when I get to FINALLY get back to Bali for two weeks (Used to go 2-3x/year pre-covid and haven't been there since Nov 2019!)
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Old Jun 24, 22, 9:23 am
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"I am unfortunately going to no show for an expensive non refundable bookaa reservation. Anything I can do to make it more likely I at least get the points?"

You will earn the miles and loyalty points - nothing needed to do.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 12:16 pm
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What's the cheapest you've all gotten bookings for? I've heard of a bit around $.021-2/mile as the absolute bottom, which is actually cheaper than AA sell their miles outright for, aside from promotions. So if you're EXP1 that means you can buy 150k miles (already quite valuable and easy to book way more than ~$3200 in award tickets) and end up with the miles plus four more SWUs.

Aside - anyone have any suggestions for ski resorts in Japan for December-January this year?
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Old Jun 24, 22, 9:57 pm
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Originally Posted by dougwhitaker13 View Post
Which hotel have you been using, if you don’t mind me asking.
For the "throw-away" bookings. I'm doing Las Vegas because the rates are low, and the "resort fee" is not charged since no one checks into the hotel. For the actual stays, I choose whatever is a decent hotel. But the key (for me) in these situations is not to go after the hotels offering the most initial miles, because those are the most marked up in price. But to get a reasonably priced hotel that offers maybe 800-1000 miles per night. Which I then add on an additional 4,000 miles for $80.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 10:25 pm
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Originally Posted by Fanjet View Post
For the "throw-away" bookings. I'm doing Las Vegas because the rates are low, and the "resort fee" is not charged since no one checks into the hotel. For the actual stays, I choose whatever is a decent hotel. But the key (for me) in these situations is not to go after the hotels offering the most initial miles, because those are the most marked up in price. But to get a reasonably priced hotel that offers maybe 800-1000 miles per night. Which I then add on an additional 4,000 miles for $80.
This is exactly what I had been looking at doing. Looks like price-wise that itís definitely the best deal.
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Old Jun 24, 22, 10:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Fanjet View Post
For the "throw-away" bookings. I'm doing Las Vegas because the rates are low, and the "resort fee" is not charged since no one checks into the hotel. For the actual stays, I choose whatever is a decent hotel. But the key (for me) in these situations is not to go after the hotels offering the most initial miles, because those are the most marked up in price. But to get a reasonably priced hotel that offers maybe 800-1000 miles per night. Which I then add on an additional 4,000 miles for $80.
I agree with most of this but it's not necessarily true that the higher miles hotels have bigger markups. Consider the case of the Cancun hotel being referred to in the OP; it was 10k miles / night and able the same price as a direct booking.

Hotels pay a lot to sites like booking.com (as much as 20%) so for an expensive hotel there is lots of room to give you miles without needing a markup.

You are also giving up points and elite benefits which can easily be worth 20% to you if you have status. This is why I won't use bAAh at Hyatts -- the benefits are too valuable. But I'm using it when I go to Helsinki because there are no Hyatts there
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