I’ve made no secret of my appreciation for alternate loyalty schemes from the traditional hotel programs. There are a number of cash-back options which are quite reasonable and for those looking to accrue points rather than cash both PointsHound and Rocketmiles have filled that gap, paying out via multiple loyalty programs rather than building their own.
Alas, one of those partnerships is ending today with Pointshound announcing that they are no longer a partner with United’s MileagePlus program. In an email sent to PointsHound members today the company announced the change:
We wanted to make you aware that United and PointsHound have decided to discontinue their partnership at this time. As of July 24th, we’ll no longer be offering MileagePlus miles on new hotel reservations.
In appreciation of your early support of PointsHound, we’ve upgraded your account a level added a 1,000 point bonus to your profile which can be claimed in the program of your choice on your next booking. To redeem this bonus, please login to your “MyAccount” page and update your earning preference and account numbers.
It is unfortunate that the partnership is going away. It appears to be the result of United forging an exclusive partnership with RocketMiles and excluding other options in that space. On the plus side, the bonus miles on a future booking and honoring the earning of United points on previously booked flights is quite nice.
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