For awhile now PointsHound has become a growing hotel booking website that awards airline miles when you a book a hotel stay. While the perks of using PointsHound have been around and is not something new, it remains a great way to earn extra airline miles and has been adding new airline partners.
There are now 18 airline partnered with PointsHound that you can earn miles with when you book your hotel through the portal. Just like other 3rd party booking sites, PointsHound earns commission when you book through their site and in return you get a kickback in free airline miles. The main benefits of using PointsHound over other booking sites is that they often offer generous bonuses and give you the flexibility to earn miles in the airline program of your choice.
For most people it’s much more valuable to earn frequent flyer miles than the 3rd party booking sites’ loyalty program. One cool aspect of PointsHound is that they actually have a customer loyalty program that allows frequent customers to earn more points in addition to airline miles with every booking. The program is broken down into Level 1, 2, and 3 and you will earn more rewards per booking depending on the status level.
PountsHound has been increasing the number of partners that you can earn miles with, which adds a ton more value to the website. Currently there are 18 partners, some of which are quirky (Bitcoin?), but there are 14 airline partners that you can earn miles with then you book.
The 15 Airline Partners include:
- Alaska Airlines MileagePlan
- American Airlines AAdvantage
- Asia Miles
- Aeromexico Club Premier Kmp
- Flying Blue
- Frontier EarlyReturns
- Icelandair Saga Club
- Jet Airways JPMiles
- JetBlue TrueBlue
- Multiplus Points
- Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles
- US Airways Dividend Miles
- Virgin America Elevate Points
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
When you search for hotels you choose which partner you want to earn miles with. The search results will show how many miles you will earn per night with each program and the amounts can vary.
If you are flexible with which airline programs you earn miles with it may make sense to compare how many miles you’ll earn with each. The difference can be big—such as 1,000s of miles, so to maximize the miles if can pay to be flexible.
For instance, a random night in October at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Los Angeles will earn you:
- 4,075 Frontier EarlyReturns miles
- 3,100 Flying Blue miles
- 3,900 Alaska Airlines miles
- 3,975 American AAdvantage miles
- 3,975 US Airways miles
- 2,250 Virgin America Elevate miles
- 2,800 Asia Miles
- 4,300 Etihad Guest Miles
- 4,400 Hawaiian Airlines miles
- 6,250 Aeromexico Club Premier KmP
The rate stays the same across all partners, so choosing the highest earning partner can mean earning a lot more miles on longer stays.
PointsHound Rate Types
PointsHound allows you to book two various rate types—best rate guarantee and ‘Big Earn’ rates. The regular PointsHound rate is their lowest price rate, (similar to other 3rd party booking site) but it still offers rewards earning. Their ‘Big Earn’ rates allow you to earn 2X, 3X, or 4X miles on eligible hotel stays. Basically, these rates are limited supply rates that PointsHound negotiates directly with the hotel. At times these can be a killer deal—both a low rate and huge mile earnings.
Like any 3rd party booking site (think Kayak, Expedia, etc) you won’t always find the lowest rate, so it pays to shop around. The key benefit of using PointsHound is earning extra airline miles—and you may even save money. In some cases the rate may not be the best rate, but paying a small premium to earn extra airline miles may be worth it. Given that you will find the same hotels and room availability as with other sites, it never hurts to double check the rates on PointsHound.
Here’s an example booking:
Here’s an example of a three night stay at the Intercontinental Singapore in October. You’d save $34 per night and earn 1,900 American Airlines miles for the stay. This is a modest earning, but still you are saving and earning compared to booking directly with IHG.com.
If you book frequently with PointsHound or book a ‘Big Earn’ rate your potentially nightly mile earning is a much higher.
Earn Extra Rewards – Level 1, 2, and 3
As a frequent customer on PointsHound you will earn extra miles every time you book a hotel using the site. The ‘elite status’ structure of PointsHound is broken down into level 1, 2, and 3.
With each level you will earn an extra mile bonus when you book stays, and the higher the status level, the more rewarding earning options you will have. With each level you will pay the same rate, but earn more points!
One unique aspect of PointsHound is their ‘Double Up’ rate, which let you earn more points and miles. Essentially these rates allow you to earn double rewards—both miles through PointsHound and hotel points through the hotel’s loyalty program.
These rates are limited quantity and are negotiated between PointsHound and the hotel, so you won’t find them for every stay or hotel. When you find a good deal at the ‘Double Up’ rate it is one of the best ways to maximize PointsHound.
Most hotel programs don’t allow you to earn hotel points when you book through a 3rd party booking site, so this feature sets PointsHound apart from other sites.
The Bottom Line
With 18 partners PointsHound can be a great way to supercharge your frequent flyer mile earnings when you book hotels. Plus, you get to choose the airline mileage program you earn for each stay you book.