American AAdvantage will give you 100 miles for joining PointsHound, the hotel search website.
I’ve written about PointsHound in the past, and used it when they had rates that allowed you to earn miles in the airline of your choice for making a hotel booking and still earn hotel points, elite credit, and receive elite benefits from the applicable hotel loyalty program.
Those rates (‘DoubleUp’) have been unavailable due to technical issues between PointsHound and the system they were using to source the rates. However I’m told they’re working on a new approach to bring those rates back.
Without earning hotel points and elite status credit, I don’t want to use sites like PointsHound and Rocketmiles for my own stays (though occasionally I’ll have to book outside of a chain where I care about the points… occasionally). These sites are still useful when making bookings for other people who do not pay attention to rewards programs. You can earn miles for other peoples’ hotel stays.
In addition to the 100 American AAdvantage miles for signing up, PointsHound will give you 2000 bonus American miles for your first booking (in addition to the points you’d otherwise earn through the site) made by March 31 for stays completed by January 31, 2016.
A total of 2100 bonus miles is better than the standard 1000 mile first-time customer bonus you’d get through my referral link when you complete your first stay. And you receive 100 of those miles right away, too, meaning you don’t even ever have to use the site.. just join their mailing list.