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You can get 2,000 Asia Miles with your 1st hotel booking with Kaligo when you register and book by January 31, 2015. Asia Miles are the award miles of Cathay Pacific. And Kaligo is a website that allows you to earn airline miles when you book hotels.
This promotion could be helpful for some folks, but is booking hotels with Kaligo a good deal overall?
Note: The bonus is only for Asia miles and NOT for American Airlines or US Airways miles.
Earning Asia Miles is likely not the best choice for most folks in the US because you’ll pay high fuel surcharges to redeem Cathay Pacific miles.
That said, Kaligo is a new way to earn airline miles for your hotel stays.
2,000 Asia Miles With 1st Hotel Booking With Kaligo
You can earn 2,000 bonus Asia Miles with your 1st hotel booking with Kaligo. But you have to register and book before January 31, 2015.
Kaligo is a new competitor to Pointshound and RocketMiles. While you can earn miles on many airlines with Pointshound and Rocketmiles, you can only earn American Airlines miles, US Airways miles, and Asia miles with Kaligo.
You can choose on which airline you want to earn miles for each booking.
You earn up to 10 Asia Miles per $1 spent. With this promotion, you’ll earn a 1-time bonus of 2,000 Asia Miles.
I couldn’t find any information on how many American Airlines or US Airways miles you would earn per $1 spent.
But I did a search for hotel rooms and my “Top Deal” result was 3,700 American Airlines miles for a $298 hotel. So that’s more than 12 American Airlines miles per $1. Although, you won’t earn 12 American Airlines miles per $1 spent on every hotel. So you could earn up to 12 American Airlines miles per $1 spent.
8,000 Additional Bonus Asia Miles
You can earn an additional 8,000 bonus Asia Miles when you book 8 or more room nights by January 31, 2015. You can stay 8 times, 8 nights, or a combination (book 2 rooms for 4 nights) to total 8 room nights to earn the 8,000 bonus Asia miles.
But you have to spend a minimum of $800 to earn the 8,000 bonus Asia miles.
How Many Miles Will You Earn And How Do Kaligo’s Rates Compare?
I was curious to see how many Asia Miles I would earn on a booking, and how Kaligo’s rates compared to other discount hotel sites. I like earning miles on hotel bookings, but it’s NOT worth paying more for a hotel stay.
With Kaligo, you can earn miles for stays at independent or boutique hotels that don’t have their own loyalty program.
For example, a night at the Harborview Inn & Suites on November 7, 2014, booked through Kaligo will cost ~$94 and you’ll earn 300 Asia miles.
Because most folks don’t have Asia miles, I was curious how many American Airlines miles I would earn.
You would pay ~$94 and earn 300 American Airlines miles.
But you’d only pay ~$74 on Booking.com via Kayak. Although, you won’t earn Asia or American Airlines miles.
Paying ~$20 more for 300 Asia or American Airlines miles isn’t worth it to me. But you should do what’s worth it to you.
You can book 1 night on November 7, 2014, at the Palmer House Hilton through Kaligo for ~$289 and earn 1,200 Asia miles (or 1,200 American Airlines miles if you choose American Airlines).
You’d pay ~$284 on Kayak, but you do NOT earn 1,200 Asia Miles.
What I Don’t Like
Kaligo offers fewer hotels than Kayak. So you might not find a hotel in the city you’re visiting. (Kaligo didn’t offer any hotels in Kansas City.)
And sometimes you’ll pay higher prices booking through Kaligo.
You will NOT earn hotel points or elite stay credits when you book through Kaligo. And you might not get your elite status perks for hotels stays booked through Kaligo.
You get 2,000 Asia miles when you make your 1st hotel booking with Kaligo when you register and book by January 31, 2015.
You won’t find as many hotels as you do on Kayak and other discount hotels sites. And you might pay more for your hotel stay to earn miles. So it might not be worth booking through Kaligo.
You will NOT earn hotel points or elite stay credit booking through Kaligo. And you might not get elite status perks.