US Airways Grand Slam tips|
Yesterday, I went to back to the States for a quick MR trip and had an afternoon to spend. I decided to look into the Grand Slam promotions that us airways offered this year, which you can earn up to 100K bonus miles for 36 hits. When promotion just launched, I wasn’t plan to do it this year because I thought it gonna cost too much time. After I took a brief look of FT master thread, I think it’s actually pretty easy, I finished them(except car rental and hotels) in an afternoon. below is the list for all my hits, some of them are from FT master thread directly
6 hits from hotels(max 6)– I have several paid and award reservation with starwood, those are money I would have to spent regardless. If you have paid stay with Hilton,use points+fixed miles, if it’s award stay with Hilton, use points+Flexible miles. If award stay with Marriott, change earning to miles, DON’T CHANGE to miles to paid Marriott stays unless you want to give up Mega bonus. Finally, if you really have no place to stay, find some cheap Knights inn, super 8.
1 hit from SPG transfer- I am platinum, transferred 100 points.
1 hit from Goldpointplus tranfer- I transferred 2000 points for 250 US airways miles
1 hit from Hilton transfer-10000 points for 850 miles(I decided to use this because this is my last hit to reach 36)
1 hit from Goldpassport- 5000 points for 2000 miles
1 hit from shopping- If you really have nothing to buy, use itune, $1. see more notes here
1 hit from miles for magazine, the lowest 300miles is not longer on the list, so I choose 400 one. Do it early because miles don’t get deduct until 2 weeks later.
1 hit from points.com. I swap 20 miles AA to 5 Asia miles then swap to 1 US airways miles. Alternatively, you can swap 53 US miles to 18 Greenpoints, then swap back into 1 US airways miles
1 hit from Dinning- Plenty of Burger Kings on the list, just but a kid drink. $1
1 hit from 21 Century Insurance
1 hit from Supershuttle– Google” Super shuttle discount” $3 off coupon everywhere.
1 hit from Network Solutions- I need it.
1 hit from thanksagain- buy a $10 restaurant.com certificate for .80 cents during 80% off
Above are hits I would have to spend or cost nothing, below are hits I spend my money to get.
1 hit from Vinesse– buy pocket wine tasting guide, 4.95+2.5 shipping, you go to their website, find Gift section, then find book &CD section, this guide is there)
1 hit from Dividend Miles Wireless-Again, like last year, Cellphone wipe, 3.49+4.99 shipping
1 hit from OfficeMax– MMF wedgy scabbard antimicrobial pen refill – $0.59 + $7.95 shipping
1 hit from Netflix– If you want to do it, do it now, please miles won’t post until after the 1 month trial period, $9.99
1 hit from Lifelock- Same as above, miles won’t post until after the trial period.
1 hit from Skymall– Search “Improvements”, then sort by price, you will find a item with $2.99 + $7.95 shipping
1 hit from Biscoff– cookies #0213 – $13.56 + $7.95 shipping
1 hit from Buy Miles– I have not done it yet because I haven’t decide to buy 1K or 100K. will do at last minutes
1 hit from Share miles- $40, but both my and my wife account got a hit
1 hit from FTD.com– boutonniere #D11-3904 – $16.95 + $14.99 shipping
1 hit from ChronoMed– Frequent Flyer Support Pack – $29.95 + $6.95 shipping
1 hit from Trackitback- 19,99 +4.95 shipping
and Finally 6 hits from car rental– I only have limited presence in the states before end of the year, but one of them is weekend day in PIT, so I rent 3 times from 3 diff company on 4 hours interval. With budget, use COSTCO BCD W852800, With Hertz, use CDG 706900 with Coupon code, 137771, with Alamo, use this link, all three cost $20 eachthe rest three I will rent from other places with $30 each. Total cost, $150 for 6 hits
So my total extra cost are less than $400 USD, I will get 100K bonus miles+ 10K from various sources. Not bad for an afternoon work, isn’t it?