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US Airways Releases 2011 Grand Slam Rules

by on August 24, 2011 · 44 comments

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Let the games begin! I need some time to analyze this, but TPG reader Renata sent this link through and I thought I’d post it for everyone. It seems US has made it a little harder this year to get “hits,” but I still foresee some good cheap mileage earning opportunities. PS: hold off on buying those cheap US Airways miles until this promo begins!

Full 2011 Grand Slam rules.

Dividend Miles members can earn up to 110,000 bonus miles with the Dividend Miles Grand Slam. Advance registration is required at usairways.com/gs11. To earn hits and bonus miles, Dividend Miles members must click on partner offers through the US Airways website or request Dividend Miles when making a reservation or checking in with a hotel or car partner. The promotion runs from September 14 to November 14, 2011. Dividend Miles members earn 1 hit each time they complete a qualifying transaction with a Dividend Miles partner. Members earn bonus miles on every 4th hit. Any activity that doesn’t earn miles does not count towards hits or Grand Slam bonus miles.

Only partner activity completed after registration counts. Grand Slam bonus miles do not count towards Preferred status, except for the 16th hit (includes a total of 25,000 miles, 2,000 of which are Preferred-qualifying miles), the 24th hit (includes a total of 45,000 miles, 5,000 of which are Preferred-qualifying miles) and the 40th hit (includes a total of 110,000 miles, 10,000 of which are Preferred-qualifying miles). US Airways will track hits and award bonus miles beginning September 28, 2011, and continue to post miles every other week until March 28, 2012. This is to ensure sufficient time for all partner activity to be recorded by US Airways. The maximum amount each member can earn with this promotion is 110,000 miles (10,000 of which are Preferred-qualifying miles).

Only members with Preferred status are eligible to earn the top bonus level (40 hits for a total of 110,000 bonus miles). If you begin the promotion without Preferred status but earn status by flying or by buying Preferred status through the ‘Buy up to Preferred’ or ‘Trial Preferred’ programs during the promotional period, you will be eligible for the top bonus level.

Total number of hits

Total bonus miles awarded

4 hits 3,000 miles
8 hits 10,000 miles
12 hits 15,000 miles
16 hits 25,000 miles (2,000 of which are Preferred-qualifying miles)
20 hits 35,000 miles
24 hits 45,000 miles (5,000 of which are Preferred-qualifying miles)
28 hits 60,000 miles
32 hits 80,000 miles
36 hits 100,000 miles
40 hits 110,000 miles (10,000 of which are Preferred-qualifying miles)

Qualifying activity

Here’s how you can earn hits:

  1. Earn 1 hit when you buy a new US Airways Club membership or renew your current club membership during this promotion (max 1 hit per member).
  2. Earn 1 hit for every credit or debit card use per card type. You can earn this bonus once for each unique card partner: US Airways MasterCard, US Airways Business Card, US Airways Visa, US Airways Visa Business Card and US Airways debit card.
  3. Earn 1 hit for every mileage-earning stay with a hotel partner (max 6 hits per member). There are 11 hotel families representing over 70 hotel brands: Best Western, Carlson Hotels (Radisson), Choice Hotels, Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, WORLDHOTELS and Wyndham Hotels Group.
  4. Earn 1 hit for every mileage-earning car rental with a car partner (max 6 hits per member). There are 8 car partners: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty.
  5. Earn 1 hit when you convert hotel points from a hotel partner into Dividend Miles (max 1 hit per hotel partner). There are 9 hotel partners: Best Western Rewards, Choice Privileges, Hilton HHonors, Hyatt Gold Passport, InterContinental Hotel Group (Priority Club), Marriott Rewards, Radisson (Club Carlson), Starwood Hotels (SPG) and Wyndham Rewards.
  6. Earn 1 hit when you make a qualifying purchase at the US Airways Dividend Miles Shopping Mall. Maximum 1 hit regardless of number of merchants used at the Shopping Mall. Purchases of SkyMall merchandise does not count towards Shopping Mall, but does count as a unique hit.
  7. Earn 1 hit when you download and perform 3 searches.
  8. Earn 1 hit when you buy miles at usairways.com or points.com.
  9. Earn 1 hit when you share miles at usairways.com or points.com.
  10. Earn 1 hit when you swap other points into Dividend Miles at points.com.
  11. Earn 1 hit when you Buy up to Preferred.
  12. Earn 1 hit when you buy ‘Trial Preferred’ status.
  13. Earn 1 hit with each of our other Dividend Miles partners, such as Sentry Insurance, SkyMall, FTD.com and LifeLock.

Dividend Miles Grand Slam partners*

US Airways Club

(max 1 hit)
Buy or renew your annual membership

Rent a car

(max 6 hits)
Alamo
Avis
Budget
Dollar
Hertz
National
Sixt
Thrifty

Stay at a hotel

(max 6 hits)
Best Western

Carlson Hotels: Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotels & Resorts

Choice Hotels: Ascend Collection, Cambria Suites, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Econo Lodge, MainStay Suites, Quality Inn, Rodeway Inn, Sleep Inn, Suburban Extended Stay

Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of Brands: Conrad, DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, Waldorf Astoria Collection

Hyatt: AmeriSuites, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Summerfield Suites

Intercontinental Hotels Group: Candlewood Suites, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Staybridge Suites

Marriott: Autograph Collection, Courtyard, Edition, Fairfield Inn, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts , Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Residence Inn, Springhill Suites, TownePlace Suites, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Vacation Club (mileage-earning stay)

Starwood Hotels: Aloft, Element, Four Points, Le Meridien, The Luxury Collection, Sheraton, St. Regis, W Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts

WORLDHOTELS

Wyndham: Baymont Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Hawthorn Suites, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Microtel Inns and Suites, Ramada Worldwide, Super 8 Motel, Travelodge, Wingate Inn, Wyndham Hotels

Convert hotel points to miles

(max 9 hits)
Best Western Rewards
Choice Privileges
Hilton HHonors
Hyatt Gold Passport
InterContinental Hotels Group (Priority Club)
Marriott Rewards
Radisson Gold Points Plus
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)
Wyndham Rewards

Use your US Airways Dividend Miles credit or debit card

(max 1 hit per card type)

Buy miles

(max 1 hit)
usairways.com or points.com

Share miles

(max 1 hit)
usairways.com or points.com

Swap miles to Dividend Miles

(max 1 hit)
points.com

Dividend Miles Shopping Mall

(max 1 hit)
usairways.com/shop

Dividend Miles Toolbar

Download and complete 3 searches at usairways.com/shop
(max 1 hit)

Buy up to Preferred

(max 1 hit)

Buy Trial Preferred

(max 1 hit)

All other partners

(max 1 hit at each partner)

21st Century Auto Insurance
1800Flowers
AAA Carolinas Auto Club or AAA South Auto Club
ADT Home Security
Audience Rewards
Biscoff
Dish Network
Dividend Miles Dining
e-Miles
Energy Plus
e-Rewards
FTD.com & Florist.com (counts as 1 partner)
getAbstract
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ownership
Lasik Plus
LifeLock – annual membership only
Life Shield
Marriott Vacation Club (ownership purchase)
Magazines for Miles
Netflix
Network Solutions
OfficeMax
Select Warranty
Sentry Insurance
ShareBuilder
SkyMall
Starwood Vacations Ownership
SuperShuttle & ExecuCar (counts as 1 partner)
TD AMERITRADE
Teleflora
Thanks Again
TrackItBack.com
US Airways Cruises
USA Today
Verizon Wireless
Vinesse
Wine Insiders

*Max hits for each partner are per member. Dividend Miles partners not listed here are excluded from this promotion.

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  • Misterstuf

    Brian,
    I would love to see an analysis of the least expensive ways to maximize Grand Slam earnings. It would really help to figure out the value of this promotion.

  • David

    I agree. This seems awful confusing. A preliminary method to earn the most points for the least possible outlay would be appreciated. Without business travel, it seems difficult to earn the most award.

  • nothing91

    How does one utilize the “All other partners”? Make any purchase from them? Or is there a minimum spend?

  • http://twitter.com/trentswanson Trent Swanson

    For those not already Preferred, it appears that the $200 Preferred trial cost is not worth the benefit of 1 hit + 10K miles, unless you are already planning to cheat on your current airline with US Air.

  • Dave

    I counted the easy ones for me to get – 8 hits mainly from hotel transfers. Not worth the effort considering how difficult it is to use the US miles. If it were SPG points, I would do it.

  • Ken

    Just to comment, in the Grand Slam Frequently asked questions area http://shopping.usairways.com/en-US/FAQs/grandslamfaqs.html, a hotel stay “must earn at least 200 Dividend Miles for each stay in order for the stay to qualify as a hit.” and a car rental “must earn Dividend Miles for each car rental in order for the rental to qualify as a hit.”

    I don’t know what it takes to get 200 DM at a hotel…I have never looked, but further details to consider.

  • Sean

    Looks like the max bonus for non-preffered is 36 hits for 100k dividend miles. Anyway to get this for under $500? $300?

  • Dan

    Is this only for Dividend Miles Members? Can Star Alliance members also sign up and receive the bonuses without creating a Dividend Miles account?

  • Chris

    I’m curious how others value each of these miles? I don’t have any experience with US Airways other than just receiving their branded card and reviewing their award chart but will definitely participate in the GS

  • Pdillm

    Ugghhhh…. I hate US Airways…. Why can’t United have something like this?

  • Bemani21

    has registration began? cuz [usairways.com/gs11] is taking me to an error page :(

  • Will

    pretty sure you have to be a Dividend Miles member to qualify.

  • Footy PJs

    Any link to the sign-up page? I can’t find it

  • Footy PJs
  • Scott Bernard

    absolutely need to be a DM member… every purchase is tied to your DM #

  • Anonymous

    US miles are among the most valuable and easy to use in my opinion, since they can be redeemed on Star Alliance partners

  • Anonymous

    Correct- you need to be a DM member. You might as well join anyway since its free. You can use the miles earned on Star Alliance partners

  • Anonymous

    US Airways actually has a pretty generous frequent flyer program.. just earn on US airways and redeem on Star Alliance partners!

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I highly doubt for under $500 unless someone else (a company) is paying for some hits

  • Anonymous

    It will be here before the promo begins Sept 14!

  • silverhalide

    Below find a link to the un-official 2011 Grand Slam Tracking Spreadsheet. I distributed this last year and a lot of people found it helpful so I updated it and am posting it again for everyone to use. Please report any bugs or issues in this thread and I will do my best to correct them ASAP.

    http://www.silverhalide.net/grandSlam2011v1.xls

    sH

  • Lindsay

    Brian … I’m curious how you achieve status on so many different airlines? I’ve been following your site (and just signed up for my first card – the Sapphire Preferred!!) but the miles from credit cards don’t count towards elite status. Any suggestions how to accrue miles to count towards elite status?

  • Michael Acevedo

    Just so I understand this correctly, no matter how many times I shop at the shopping mall… I will only gain 1 hit correct? This will be my first time participating in a grand slam event.
    Overall seems like a great promotion, loving these US Airways miles =D

  • Sky king

    You are able to do it for $500. Just barely though. Follow the threads on FT and Milepoint. We ar getting very creative this year.

  • FrugalTravelLawyer

    Great spreadsheet. Thanks!!!

  • Greg

    I’m confused about the part that says “Only partner activity completed after registration counts.”

    Does this mean if I register now and have a hotel stay during say labor day weekend this will count towards this promo even though it officially doesnt start until the 14th?

  • Nick

    No, only stays during the promotion period will count. That statement simply means if you register after the promotion has begun, any previous stays (after Sept 14) will not retroactively be counted.

  • Nick

    Correct, only the first one will count.

  • Sean

    should I wait on applying for their Mastercard until 9/14 or do it now?

  • http://twitter.com/skyvan Andrew Fielding

    Will you be providing a gameplan for Grand Slam to help us maximize it at a minimum cost?

  • Afesposit

    I’m using points to go from Phx to Turks this weekend. Only 37,500 and that first class on the way there. Not bad I’d say.

  • Egrudin

    How can we hold off buying those miles at 1/2 price? Doesn’t that offer expire before this one begins?

  • Ti$$

    I looked on FT didnt see anything showing a way to do it that cheap, have a link?

  • Adamu

    points guy,
    do you have any info /anaylsis on points .com?
    it is a potential hit for us ,but it seems kind of complicated-i dont really follw the system
    thanks

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  • Adamu98

    can anyone tell me the exact time the promo starts on the 14th?
    is us air on charlotte time?

  • Tcaplus

    So I want to buy 50k miles with the 50k mile bonus. Can I make 5 purchases of 10k each and get the bonus miles each time to end up with 100K miles AND get 5 grand slam hits? Or do they limit the bonus miles to a single purchase? Or limit the hits when buying miles?

  • Anonymous

    You get one hit for a mileage purchase

  • Khanalim

    Did I miss this analysis? THe promo starts tomorrow and I was depending on you!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Working on a MEGA post as we speak.. should be up by midnight!!

  • Vbnative

    I’m new to the Grand Slam also. Do I have to have my Marriott stay points going to USAir to get the hit, or can they go to Marriott?
    Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Go to US Airways. In order to get a hit generally you have to have miles post to your US Airways account.

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