Pointshound is one of the newer OTAs that specifically focuses on hotels, and gives you reward miles for your hotel stays. Usually when you book through an OTA (Expedia, Priceline, Room 77), 10-15% of what you pay goes to the company for facilitating your purchase. Some newer companies like Pointshound and Rocketmiles are essentially rebating some of that money back to you in the form of frequent flyer miles.
The best way for these companies to get you to use them though is by having quality partners that you can earn miles and points on. Unfortunately we’ve been seeing a lot of airlines and hotel companies taking themselves off of these mile rebate programs. The latest is United MileagePlus being removed from Pointshound.
I already commented on Rocketmiles and how I expect the rebate as miles type companies to transform.
I received this email from Pointshound last week:
This may be a death-knell for a company like Pointshound. If other airlines and hotel companies decide to take their partnerships off, then this OTA rebate model may come to a crashing halt.