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US Airways Grand Slam 2011 Master Guide

by on October 19, 2011 · 257 comments

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Update: Instead of creating new posts about this promotion, I wanted to keep all of the information on this master post so we can look back on it next year. I’m on track to hit my 36 hits, 100,000 miles and the total cash outlay is going to be steep, but a lot of the things I’m getting credit for are business trips that I would have taken anyway. So the only “cost” of certain hotel stays is that I credited the points earned into US Airways instead of my hotel programs. Plus, I also purchased 100,000 miles when that deal was still good, which cost me $1,478, but I’ll use them on a business class trip to Asia (with miles to spare), so I still think I’m coming out ahead.

If you are scratching your head or haven’t gotten in on Grand Slam, here’s a quick video of me giving the overall gist of the promotion.

So far I’ve been credited with the hits below- 16 total with several pending. I’m still waiting on Office Max and Audience Rewards, plus I still have 16 hits to accomplish, which include the Toolbar, Points.com, Supershuttle, more car rentals and hotel stays (to get up to 6 each), Energy Plus (I’m barely home so I’m not worried about my energy bill increasing that much!), Sharing miles, Dividend Miles Dining, Using my BOA Debit Card (which I keep leaving at home), executing a trade on Sharebuilder and luckily my new dry cleaner belongs to the Thanks Again Network. I’ll report back soon with my update hit successes.

Date

Post date

Description

Miles

Bonus

Preferred

 9/14/11  9/14/11  Online Redemption (Mags for Miles)
 -800    
9/14/2011 09/19/11 1-800-FLOWERS BONUS 130  
9/14/2011 09/14/11 BUY MILES - POINTS.COM 50,000  
9/14/2011 09/14/11 BUY MILES TIERED BONUS OFFER BONUS 50,000  
9/14/2011 09/19/11 CONVERSION: SPG POINTS TO MILES 851  
9/14/2011 09/21/11 TRACKITBACK.COM WORRY-FREE TRAVEL MILES 500  
9/14/2011 10/04/11 CONVERSION: HYATT-POINTS TO MILES 2,000  
9/14/2011 09/20/11 PRIORITY CLUB REDEMPTION AWARD 2,000  
9/14/2011 09/21/11 CONVERSION:HILTON HONORS REWARD EXCHANGE 850  
9/15/2011 09/29/11 HERTZ CAR RENTAL BONUS 100  
    Non Grand Slam Related Activity      
9/17/2011 09/29/11 HERTZ CAR RENTAL BONUS 150  
9/18/2011 10/03/11 STARWOOD PREFERRED GUEST ADD TRANSFER 601  
9/18/2011 09/29/11 BISCOFF GOURMET SNACKS 264  
9/19/2011 10/03/11 STARWOOD PREFERRED GUEST ADD TRANSFER 1,079  
9/19/2011 10/05/11 FTD.COM BONUS 300  
9/23/2011 10/03/11 SKYMALL ONLINE PURCHASE 12  
9/24/2011 09/28/11 TELEFLORA BONUS 975  
9/29/2011 09/29/11 GRAND SLAM 2011 MULTI PARTNER BONUS – 4 3,000  
9/29/2011 09/29/11 GRAND SLAM 2011 MULTI PARTNER BONUS – 8 7,000  
10/2/2011 10/06/11 SHOPPING MALL, APPLE STORE 150  
10/2/2011 10/17/11 STARWOOD PREFERRED GUEST ADD TRANSFER 953  
10/5/2011 10/05/11 GRAND SLAM 2011 MULTI PARTNER BONUS – 12 5,000  
10/12/2011 10/12/11 GRAND SLAM 2011 MULTI PARTNER BONUS – 16 8,000  
10/12/2011 10/12/11 GRAND SLAM 2011 PQM BONUS – 16 HITS 2,000


Original post from September: As I 
wrote about last year, the US Airways Grand Slam promotion is one of my favorite airline miles promotions. It requires time, creativity and persistence so if you don’t have any of those things, I’d recommend just buying 100,000 miles for $1,478 via their 100% Buy Miles Promo which ends on September 15.

However, if you want to play along, I’m officially inviting you to join me on my quest to get the max prize: 110,000 US Airways miles, which is more than enough to fly from North America to North Asia or Europe in business class. I also use my US Airways miles for 60,000 mile business class off-peak awards to Europe in January/February since my best friend lives in Madrid and frankly there’s no bad time to go to Spain in my opinion! The reason why I like to envision my awards at the beginning of the promotion is that there will most likely be frustrating times ahead and curve balls so it’s always good to have your eye on the prize and realize that these points = travel, which to me = $.

First things first: register here. If you don’t have a US Airways Dividend Miles account, you can get one for free here. The promotion starts on 9/14/11, but to be safe I’d wait until midday Wednesday at the earliest instead of buying stuff right away at midnight, just in case US Airways systems haven’t started recognizing the promotion.

This post will be the master guide and will be updated as much as necessary with all relevant information needed for the promotion. The effectiveness of this post will depend on your feedback and comments, so please share your experiences!

What is Grand Slam?
The premise of the Grand Slam promotion is to get “hits” with non-flight partners of US Airways. Why would US Airways want to do this? All of their partners – whether Netflix or Dividend Miles Dining, buy miles from US Airways and in turn offer them to us, the consumer, to buy things from them. What US Airways is doing is raising awareness of all the ways to get miles in hopes that their non-flying partners get tons of new customers and continue buying more and more miles from them. Grand Slam has been happening for several years, so it must be working!

The Bounty:

Hits 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40
Miles 3,000 10,000 15,000 25,000 (2,000 EQM) 35,000 45,000 (5,000 EQM) 60,000 80,000 100,000 110000 (10,000 EQM)


Tracking:
TPG reader Nick sent me a snazzy spreadsheet that I used as my baseline for setting up Grand Slam (this was a good thing because I haven’t open Excel since 
I left my job in June!). I made some edits and added a second page to list all of the potential “hits” and planning for them. I recommend going through the “Hits” tab and putting together an initial estimate of how many hits you can easily do. You can update as you go, but it’s always good to set some preliminary goals. I went through and my estimate was 42 hits, so I’m going for the gold!
US-Airways-Grand-Slam-2 (LINK TO DOWNLOAD SPREADSHEET)

You automatically get credit for a hit as long as you purchase the items through the US Airways website or include your Dividend Miles number on your purchase. Last year there wasn’t a counter showing how many hits you currently had, so you’d have to guess by the amount of bonus miles posted to your account. I don’t expect this to change this year, so make sure you keep accurate track of which activities you’ve done so you can make sure if they processed correctly.

You have until November 14, 2011 to get your hits in and the final deadline for hits to post and for bonuses go to your account is March 28, 2012.  Plenty of time to make this all happen!

Rules
Full list of the rules (read through) and the T&C - note there is a big new rule:
New service cancellation policy:
ALL bonus miles earned from the Grand Slam promotion will be forfeited and removed from a member’s account
 if new service acquired during the Grand Slam promotion is cancelled within 6 months from the end of the promotion. This date is May 14, 2012. For example, if you subscribe for a new USA Today newspaper subscription in order to earn a hit during Grand Slam and cancel it on or prior to May 14, 2012 ALL bonus miles you earned from the Grand Slam promotion will be forfeited and removed from your account, no matter how you earned them.

Subscription partners include:

  • US Airways Club
  • Dish Network
  • Energy Plus
  • getAbstract
  • Share Builder
  • Life Lock
  • Netflix
  • TD AMERITRADE
  • Trackitback.com
  • USA Today
  • Vinesse
  • Wine Insiders

Hits:  Here is my first run analysis of hits. As I mentioned before, this will be updated as we all go through the promotion and learn of any roadblocks or shortcuts.

Hit Analysis
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). This could be a good play for those with the American Express Platinum Card, because we lose Continental lounge access after 9/30/11. If you use your $200 Platinum airline rebate, it would work to cover up to $200 of the $450 which is yearly membership for a general member and the price decreases with the higher status you have. If you intend to get status via this promotion, I’d wait to buy the Club membership so the price comes down. Link to buy Club Membership. Membership includes access to all US Airways Clubs, United Red Carpet Clubs, Continental Presidents Clubs and Star Alliance Lounges. Must have membership until May 14, 2012 or else you lose all bonus miles.
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. Their credit cards are issued by Barclays and the Debit card by Bank of America. Key info and application links:
US Airways Mastercard: 40,000 miles, plus 10,000 each anniversary plus up to 10,000 for balance transfers. $89 fee, waived for the first year.
US Airways Business Card: 25,000 miles, plus up to 10,000 for balance transfers. $79 annual fee.
US Airways Visa: Three types, from $50-$90 annual fee.
US Airways Visa Business Card: Could not find a link
US Airways Debit Card:3,000 miles after first purchase. $30 annual fee. No hard pull on your credit.
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, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, WORLDHOTELS and Wyndham Hotels Group.  Your hotel stay must generate at least 200 Dividend Milesand you can see how many your hotel brand earns on this page.
This means you need to bank your hotel stay to US Airways (or at least double dip to US Airways with Hilton). 
Best Western: Each stay earns 250 Dividend Miles Club Carlson: 250 miles for stays at Country Inns & Park Inn; 500 miles for Park Plaza and Radisson stays Choice: Any stay earns 250 miles Hilton: Full service (Hilton, HGI, Waldord) offer 500 miles per stay (fixed miles). Hampton, Homewood, and Home2 which offer 100 miles or 1 mile per dollar spent Hyatt: Any stay earns 500 miles IHG: 500 miles for Intercontinental, 2 miles per dollar at other properties. La Quinta: 250 miles per stay. Marriott: 2 miles per dollar spent at full service (Marriott and higher) and 1 miles per dollar at lower tier properties like Courtyard.  Note: Marriott select hotels have a 2,000 US Airways miles per stay, book by October 31, 2011. SPG: 2 points per dollar, 3 points per dollar for Gold and Platinum members. Wyndham: 2 miles per dollar spent, 500 miles for Wyndham
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. Just make sure your Dividend Miles is on the registration. Usually it will show on your car contract (I know it does on Hertz).
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. Hotel transfers must result in a minimum of 850 Dividend Miles. Best Western: 5,000 points which equal 1,000 Dividend miles. Elites can buy points, $10 for 1,000 points and it is very easy to status match.

Choice
5,000 = 1,000 Dividend Miles. Buy points for $11 per 1,000.

Hilton
10,000 = 850 Dividend Miles. Purchase points for 1-1.25 cent each, so 10,000 = $100. Amex Membership Rewards transfer to Hilton at 1:1.5 and you have to transfer in 1,500 blocks of Hilton, so 7,000 Amex would = 10,500 Hilton.American Airlines miles also convert to Hilton at 1:1.67. To transfer, login to your account -> Membership Services -> Transfer points to miles

Hyatt
5,000 points = 2,000 Dividend miles. Buy points for $24 per thousand with a 20% bonus until September 30, 2011. Hyatt points are a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards (Program of Sapphire Preferred and Ink Bold)

Intercontinental/Priority Club
10,000 points = 2,000 Dividend Miles. Buy points for $13.50 per 1,000. Priority Club points are a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards (Program ofSapphire Preferred and Ink Bold). They are also a 1:1 transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards.  I couldn’t do this online, so I had to call 1-888-211-9874

Marriott
10,000 = 2,000 Dividend Miles. Buy points for $12.50 per 1,000. Marriott points are a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards (Program of Program of Sapphire Preferredand Ink Bold)

Radisson
8,000 points = 1,000 Dividend Miles. It is not possible to buy Club Carlson points (to my knowledge). You can also get 9,000 points for a 3 day rental from Avis or Budget.

Starwood
1,000 points = 1,000 Dividend miles. Platinum members can transfer in increments of 1, so 850 SPG = 850 Divided miles. Buy points at 3.5 cents a piece ($35 for 1,000). Starwood is an Amex Membership Rewards transfer partner, at 3:1, with a 25% bonus until September 14, 2011.

Wyndham
8,000 points = 3,200 Dividend Miles. No purchase points program.
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.  Go here, log-in on the left with your Dividend Miles number and then buy something. Cheap options: iTunes 2 miles per dollar spent (plus no shipping).
7. Earn 1 hit when you download the Dividend Miles Toolbar and perform 3 searches. Download the toolbar here.
8. Earn 1 hit when you buy miles atusairways.com or points.com. 100% bonus until 9/15/11. Normal rate is 2.956 cents per mile including tax. Link.
9. Earn 1 hit when you share miles atusairways.com or points.com. 1 cent per mile, 1,000 mile minimum plus a $30 “processing” fee. Link.
10. Earn 1 hit when you swap other points into Dividend Miles at points.com.  Log into points.com -> Trade, Exchange and Buy -> then click “Get more into a Program” choose US Airways and then 1 mile. It will show you a list of options at the very bottom, like moving 4 AA, 3 Amex MR or 2 Aeroplan miles into 1 US mile.
11. Earn 1 hit when you Buy up to Preferred.  Starting at $249. 
12. Earn 1 hit when you buy ‘Trial Preferred’ status. This is their status challenge – Silver starts at $200 and you need to fly 7,500 miles within 90 days. Link.
13. Earn 1 hit with each of our other Dividend Miles partners:  Find the full partner list here.
21st Century Auto Insurance  Link. NOTE: There is a new T&C that states, “No miles earned for requesting a free quote for a service.” So technically you have to get the insurance, but let’s wait and see if anyone gets the hit for the quote. 
  • Earn 200 miles when you get a quote.
  • Get another 2,000 miles when you switch to 21st Century Auto Insurance.
  • Friendly, knowledgeable service representatives are available days, evenings and weekends to make policy changes or answer questions.
  • Call 800-442-4323 for a free rate quote.

Current policyholders are not eligible. Insurance provided through 21st Century Insurance and Financial Services (or in Michigan through 21st Century Insurance Agency), Wilmington, DE, agent for its affiliated personal lines insurance companies. Offer not available in the states of GA, HI, MA, NC, NY, OH and WI.

1800Flowers  Link. 10 miles per dollar spent. Cheapest items I could find: Franciscan Desert Rose Oval Basket by Wedgwood $12.99 with free shipping or $13.99 Sad Sam Teddy Bear that comes with free shipping. I won’t be sad when I get my hit! Note: All deliveries have to be within the Grand Slam promo period (before Nov 14, 2011)
AAA Carolinas Auto Club  ?? Can’t find a link
 Audience Rewards  Link. I initially bought a $17 Poetry Slam, but never got the credit since I was a no show. Many people are reporting success getting this hit just by playing trivia- you get 2 US miles for correctly answered questions and apparently they post pretty quickly. Can’t hurt to try! Trivia Link here- once you answer correctly it’ll ask you to log-in with your US Airways number.
Biscoff  Link. Enter your US Airways number when you get to the main page.
Dish Network  Link. In order to qualify for 5,000 mile reward, customer must present DIVIDEND MILES number at the time of purchase. 5,000 Mile reward will be given upon installation. Limited Time Offer. Get 5,000 bonus miles and a great deal on Dish Network service. Enjoy some of the best entertainment on TV with Dish satellite network. They have over 280 channels, with more in high-definition than anyone else and all at the best prices. ‘Win-Win’ deal for you – sign-up for Dish Network now and get 5,000 miles, plus a premium Dish package starting at $24.99 per month. Choose a two-year bronze package or above and you’ll also get:
  • Free HBO and Showtime for 3 months
  • Free DVR upgrade
  • Free receivers for up to 3 TVs
  • Free installation
Dividend Miles Dining  US Airways Dividend Miles Dining1,000 points for new members: 500 points when you spend $25 and 500 more on the second $25 dine within the first 45 days and complete online reviews. 
e-Miles  Link. e-Miles® is an exclusive new online program that rewards you for your time with airline miles. It’s absolutely free. As a member of e-Miles, you can earn free miles in just minutes a day simply by reading and responding to marketing messages based on your preferences. I did this last year and it was annoying, but I got enough to make a transfer and get a hit.  See this Flyertalk thread for more info.
Energy Plus  Link. Rip-off electricity provider that will give you free miles but greatly jack up your electric bill. I doubt this is worth it, but feel free to comment on your experience. If you live in CT, IL, MD, NJ, NY, PA or TX you can earn miles just for paying your electric bill. Just choose Energy Plus as your electricity provider to earn miles while getting the same reliable service from your local utility company. Enroll today and you’ll enjoy:
  • 5,000 bonus miles after two months (Update: This link shows 7,500 miles and 2 miles per dollar)
  • Unlimited year-round miles – 2 miles for every $1 you spend on the Energy Plus portion of your electric bill
  • No fees or long-term commitments
  • No interruption in service since your local utility company will continue to deliver your electricity, read your meter and handle any emergencies
  • The option to ‘go green’ and support 100% wind-generated power
    ***WARNING: This is one of the subscription required partners- if you cancel/close your account before May 14, 2012, you will lose ALL Grand Slam miles
e-Rewards  Link. “Invite” only but they send invites all the time. Check your inbox. This also takes up a lot of time by answering surveys – I’m not excited to do it again. See this Flyertalk thread for more info.
FTD.com & Florist.com (counts as 1 partner)  Link for FTD and Link for Florist. 15 miles per dollar spend. Cheapest item I could find was I Love You Message Bear by Build-A-Bear Workshop®  Item #BB55 for $19.99 which came to $33.45 after taxes (maybe less in your state) or also the stunning The FTD® Pink Cascade™ Boutonniere $16.99 – 255 Miles which came to $35.61 with all taxes and fees. Note: All deliveries have to be within the Grand Slam promo period (before Nov 14, 2011). I ended up ordering a family member a regular get well package and it obviously counted (I didn’t try for a supercheap item)
getAbstract Link. $299 for 12 months. getAbstract is the most efficient way to absorb the key ideas of today’s most important business books. Over 4,000 of the best business books ever published are distilled into crisp, expertly written 5-page summaries. These are instantly downloadable from the web to your PC, iPod or Smartphone.
  • Earn 10,000 miles for a 1-year Gold subscription
    ***WARNING: This is one of the subscription required partners – if you cancel/close your account before May 14, 2012, you will lose ALL Grand Slam miles
Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ownership  ?? Can’t find a link
Lasik Plus – corrective procedure only  Link. 25,000 Dividend Miles for Lasik, but something leads me to believe they probably jack the price up incredibly. Luckily I have 20/20 vision, so won’t worry about this one.
LifeLock – annual membership only  Link. 3,000 points for $99 yearly membership. ***WARNING: This is one of the subscription required partners – if you cancel/close your account before May 14, 2012, you will lose ALL Grand Slam miles
Life Shield  ?? Can’t find a link
Marriott Vacation Club (ownership purchase)  ?? Can’t find a link
Magazines for Miles  Link. One of the easiest, free hits. Just redeem as few as a couple hundred US miles for a magazine subscription. Easy as pie.
Netflix  Link. 1,500 miles when you become a member. As low as $7.99 a month with a one month free trial. One redemption per household. Miles will be awarded for a new paid subscriptiononly and require, at time of sign-up, linking directly from this page and entering a valid Dividend Miles number. Please allow 8-10 weeks for mileage postings. Purchase or redemption of gift subscriptions is not eligible to earn miles.
***WARNING: This is one of the subscription required partners – if you cancel/close your account before May 14, 2012, you will lose ALL Grand Slam miles
Network Solutions  Link. Earn 1,000 miles for every qualifying purchase, including:
OfficeMax Link. Many items are available for cheap and with free shipping. However, they aren’t automatically crediting the miles- check outthis post by Mommy Points for more info.
Select Warranty Link. Must call to get quote. Probably not a good deal.
Earn up to 25,000 Dividend Miles and never pay a major car repair bill again. Get bumper-to-bumper coverage for your car for up to the next 6 years or 125,000 miles. It could save you thousands of dollars on unexpected repairs. Call now and also get free towing and National Roadside Assistance with your coverage.
  • Pays up to 100% of all parts and labor for covered repairs
  • Best coverage at the best price assured for Dividend Miles members
  • From top A rated companies
  • Up to 25,000 bonus miles
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Limited time offer. Don’t miss out!
Offer not valid in CA, AK, ID, KY, ME and Guam.

Sentry Insurance   Note: The T&C now say you can’t get a hit for a free quote, so let’s wait and see. Get 1,500 miles and save money with Sentry Insurance! *You can save up to 10% on your home and auto insurance. Plus, when you get a no-obligation quote you’ll get 1,500 miles.
ShareBuilder  Link. Investing doesn’t have to be so complicated. We’ll even give you miles when you invest.
- No account minimum
- 2 smart ways to trade
- Free mobile app
  • 2,500 miles after your first trade
  • 500 miles when you subscribe to the Advantage program for 3 months each calendar quarter
  • Up to 4,500 miles for the first year you invest
    ***WARNING: This is one of the subscription required partners – if you cancel/close your account before May 14, 2012, you will lose ALL Grand Slam miles

*Mileage Disclaimer: You must open a new ShareBuilder account to be eligible for the initial bonus miles. Limit one per unique customer or custodial beneficiary. Dividend Miles Members will receive 2,500 bonus miles after opening a new account and purchasing their first security. If a member subscribes to the Advantage Program each month, they will receive 500 additional bonus miles for every active quarter during the calendar year.

Please allow 6-8 weeks for miles to post to your account.

SkyMall  Link. 3 miles for every $1 you spend online. Cheapest item I found was a Carabineer Clip for $1.99.
Starwood Vacations Ownership  ?? Can’t find a link
SuperShuttle & ExecuCar (counts as 1 partner)  Link. Choose a airport to hotel trip. Phoenix Sky Hardbor to Aloft Phoenix Airport with disocunt code UYR59 brings it to $4 total.
TD AMERITRADE  Link. Open and fund a TD Ameritrade account to earn up to 25,000 miles. You’ll earn:
  • 5,000 miles with a $2,500 deposit.
  • 15,000 miles with a $10,000 deposit.
  • 25,000 miles with a $50,000 deposit.***WARNING: This is one of the subscription required partners – if you cancel/close your account before May 14, 2012, you will lose ALL Grand Slam miles
  • Offer valid for new Individual and Joint accounts opened by U.S. residents with $2,500 or more by 9/30/11. Not transferable and not valid for IRA or other tax-exempt accounts, internal transfers, current TD Ameritrade clients or with other offers. Limit one offer per client. Offers are not valid for TD Ameritrade Investing accounts using the Amerivest service. Offers are not valid for accounts managed by independent investment advisors and maintained by TD Ameritrade Institutional. Account must remain open with minimum funding required for participating in the offer for 9 months, or TD Ameritrade may charge the account for the cost of the miles. Allow 6 weeks from account funding for first half of miles to appear in the Dividend Miles account. To qualify for the second half, TD Ameritrade account must remain open with minimum funding required for participating in the offer for 6 months from the first posting date. Miles will appear in the Dividend Miles account within 6 weeks. TD Ameritrade reserves the right to restrict or revoke this offer. All Dividend Miles terms and conditions apply. TD Ameritrade and US Airways are separate, unaffiliated companies and are not responsible for one another’s services and policies. US Airways and Dividend Miles are registered trademarks of US Airways Inc.
Teleflora  Link. 15 miles per dollar. Cheapest item I found was the Make a Wish – Standard  Item # TFWEB164 for $29.99 and comes to $44.98 after taxes and shipping. Note: All deliveries have to be within the Grand Slam promo period (before Nov 14, 2011)
Thanks Again Link.  Cheapest is to buy restaurant.com gift certificates at 80% off. Earn up to 4 miles for every dollar spent within an exclusive network of airports, airport retailers and thousands of local businesses nationwide including dry cleaners, spas and golf courses. Your miles will really add up! Enrollment is free, secure and convenient.
  • Earn 100 bonus miles after your first transaction at 500 news/gift and retail stores operated by The Paradies Shops® in 65+ U.S. airports. Participating airport retail locations include Brooks Brothers®, CNBC News®, Harley-Davidson®, LACOSTE®, PGA TOUR Shops® and The New York Times Bookstore®.*
  • Earn up to 4,000 bonus miles every 90 days.**
TrackItBack.com  Link. Earn 20 miles for every dollar you spend with TrackItBack – help protect your personal property from loss.
A single pack is $19.99 +sh which ends up being $24.99.
US Airways Cruises  Link. $500 will earn 500 miles and up from there.
USA Today Link. Requires subscription at $19.99 a month until May 14, 2012.
Verizon Wireless  Link. Get 10,000 miles and a free Droid Incredible 2 by HTC when you sign up for a new 2-year Verizon Wireless activation and data pak. Use all caps in order to log-in.
Vinesse  Link. Join a Vinesse Wine Club and get 2,000 bonus miles, plus 5 miles for every $1 you spend. In the past you could buy accessories, but they closed the loophole and now make you have the membership until May 2012, which makes this one expensive.***WARNING: This is one of the subscription required partners – if you cancel/close your account before May 14, 2012, you will lose ALL Grand Slam miles
Wine Insiders Link. Free shipping on $6.99 wines + 1,000 miles
  • Earn 4 miles for every $1 you spend with Wine Insiders

***WARNING: This is one of the subscription required partners – if you cancel/close your account before May 14, 2012, you will lose ALL Grand Slam miles

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  • Anonymous

    US Airways Club = Not useless! Gives access to UA/CO Clubs. In fact, with the $75 (?) discount cert that I got with my US Airways MasterCard plus with my US Platinum Status (purchased as a trial for the EasyCGI deal), I think I may go with US Airways Club instead of renewing my UA RCC membership.

  • Anonymous

    Good point! I updated it to include that someone can use their $200 airline credit to cover almost half the fee and then they’d have access to all CO/UA/ *A in addition to US lounges

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been agonizing how, as an elite, I’m ever going to use my $200 and I think you may have nailed it! Thanks for the tip!

  • sil

    I often do miles get deposited in your U.S. Dividend Account?

  • Anonymous

    The bonuses start posting Sept 28 and go every other week from there

  • Anonymous

    A correction to my own comment: The $75 off coupon (which comes with the Barclay’s US Air Mastercard) is not combinable with any discount, including Preferred Status discount, which means it’s a wash: $375 for US Plat or $450 – $75 coupon = $375. Minus Amex $200 is of course $175.

  • Alan Fowler

    There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of easy kills on there . . .

  • Jettyboy

    Last year, US offered club membership at a fairly steep discount in the middle of the Grand Slam so I would wait to pull the trigger on that.

  • Phil

    You can use the $200 to buy gift cards… check out the FT thread under amex forum. success stories on aa, south west, delta etc. not hard to monetize the $200 so in my view this is still a $375 expense

  • Anonymous

    Good to know it was in the middle. I know they have in the past, but was unsure when exactly. Will def wait.

  • Glenn

    There are some new rules this year regarding quotes for services. You actually have to follow through, so that will probably eliminate the free insurance quote hitls

  • http://twitter.com/miffSC Susan

    I am having a difficult time downloading the spreadsheet. I tried to ‘go there’ from your link and it opened in a new window as code. I then tried saving it to my desktop and opening from there…. same problem. I could actually see it on my iPad, but not in IE. Any suggestions?

    Also, your link to Wine Insiders just mentions the 1000 points for buying the sampler wines. I read the fine print and I didn’t see anything about having to subscribe as a monthly/quarterly customer. Can you point that out to me?

    Cheers.

  • http://twitter.com/miffSC Susan

    Information on Select Warranty:
    US Airways Dividend Miles members can earn 25,000 miles when purchasing Select Warranty coverage for their car.
    To be eligible, you must have a vehicle that is a year 2000 or newer with fewer than 125,000 miles.
    The Select Warranty will cover the cost of parts and labor on repairs covered by your plan for up to 72 months or up to 125,000 additional miles.
    We called to get an idea of the cost and were quoted $2,647 for a plan on a 2007 Honda Civic Coupe DX with 45,000 miles. The monthly cost was $139.32 for 19 months and coverage would be valid for six years.
    This obviously isn’t a cheap way to acquire miles, but if you are interested in coverage for your car, an extra 25,000 miles is a decent bonus.

    So my 1999 BMW won’t qualify :(

  • Jettyboy

    As I mentioned above, I got the membership last year for $249 towards the end of September so do wait before getting in on the Club membership

  • Anonymous

    It might be my new version of Office for Mac. I’ll change it to a .xls which should work better for all

  • Anonymous

    Try it now Miff!

  • Anonymous

    Ugh annoying. I added it to the insurance quotes. Lets wait and see- maybe the free quotes will still work, but they are just trying to discourage.

  • 2B

    You rock TPG! This page is bookmarked!

    I know Energy Plus has gotten a lot of bad reviews, but I switched from ConEd to them last year (during a 7500 Dividend Miles promotion!) and my electric bill didn’t go up by much at all (and this was on the 100% Wind Energy plan). In addition, I found their customer service to be friendly and helpful. I may have just been lucky, of course, but I didn’t find them to be a rip off or scam. YBMV, though. (That’s “Your Bill May Vary”.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexkgtu Alexander Onishchenko

    Let the games begin!
    I’ll easily do 32, but it will be a challenge to stretch it to 40, since I dont drive, but…lets see, that’s what challenges are for.

    btw: I personally had great experience with Energy plus a few years back in NYC…

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexkgtu Alexander Onishchenko

    and those who need IHG points can get them at $60/10 000 points (by doing cash+points reservation and cancelling it) given that you have at least 5000 points.
    its also a great option when hotel prices are just out of this world, like next week ($500+) -I booked couple nights that cost me $90/night that way.

  • http://twitter.com/Promo_Jake Jacob

    is a purchase required for Dividend Miles Dining, or just joining? what is the minimum required for the shopping mall purchase?

  • silverhalide
  • silverhalide

    Sorry, hit reply too quickly…

    Excellent analysis by TPG on the various hit types. Not sure my spreadsheet compares, just wanted to offer up what I have used in the past to track. Good luck to all!

  • Joel

    The 100% Bonus for US Airways is $1375 (changed from $1478, unless that doesn’t include tax). I don’t have a Dividend Miles account and am really interested in this offer. Can anyone with an account help? Does it cost to transfer miles for US?

  • Kilton9

    Regarding SkyMall: I thought that purchases via SkyMall partners (e.g., Amazon) could also be used for the SkyMall hit. Is this accurate?

  • Joel

    “This offer” being the 100% Bonus for US Airways.

  • Victoria

    There actually are some cheap audience rewards options, as the tickets you buy don’t have to be for broadway shows. There are a few 30ish tickets to shows at the North Carolina locations, and I can’t see them tracking no shows.

  • Mike

    There are two separate things:
    1. The US Airways Shopping Portal which they have cleverly titled their Sky Mall – this is where you can purchase things through Amazon and other partners
    2. SkyMall which is the magazing that is always in the seatbacks on planes and has all kinds of creative items that you can not imagine anyone ever buying.

  • Mike

    For the table being weird around USA Today…
    Not sure if you can edit the html or not with the way that you post, but if you can, see what happens if you insert

    immediately before the “Not sure why…”

  • Mike

    Whoops…. didn’t want to display the html tags. Let’s see if this works
    </td><td width=”379″>

  • Mike

    I give up!

  • Anonymous

    I believe the hotel stay minimum earning requirement is 200 DM, not 250.

  • Anonymous

    Its $1,478 including all taxes and fees

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing! Mine is pretty basic, so if others have other options, please feel free to post

  • Anonymous

    A purchase (think a $1 item) is required

  • Anonymous

    Interesting note about Energy Plus. I think I’m going to test it out this year, if anything for a blog post material for the future as well :-)

  • Anonymous

    Good to know.. I guess ConEd (or is it Conned? ;-) ) is overcharging as it is!

  • sil

    bought from biscoff, skymall and 1-800-flower this morning around 6 A.M PST. Hope it will count cause some folks at flyertalk .com said it is safer to start tomorrow…any comment…am i okay for getting the hit?

  • Dale

    Vinesse will allow you to place shipments on hold for months at a time. One way to keep the subscription cheap while technically not canceling it!

  • Billy Mumphrey

    Charlotte NC poetry slam on 9/16 is $12.50 all in and gets you 50 miles. I just bought my ticket for virtual attendance.

  • Billy Mumphrey

    Enter at your own risk. Their game is to charge slightly more the first month and increase the rate each subsequent month until you’re paying approximately 2.5x the going rate. If you’re locked in for 6 months that will be a very expensive hit.

  • Anonymous

    do the “hits”have to be unique? Would 40 car rentals or 40 idines count as 40 activities?

  • Anonymous

    6 max hits for car rentals. There is a max for each category unfortunately

  • Anonymous

    I think you are fine

  • Anonymous

    I’m going as well!! ;-)

  • Afkabp

    For the Points.com exchange option I had 1000 Frontier Miles that I learned about from the blog. Minimum transfer out of Frontier is 1001. I maxed out Club Bing for a couple of days and got 300 points which transfer to 100 Frontier Miles. Then I will exchange those into US Airways via points.com. Kind of the long way, but it didn’t cost anything out of pocket.

  • Kate Morrison

    This information is wonderful! One question, reading the T&C in regards to “Eligible activity date” I’m confused. Can I order flowers NOW for delivery later (past the Grand Slam) and have that count for a hit? I send a lot of flowers around the holidays.

  • Anonymous

    Flowers need to be sent within the Grand Slam date (before Nov 14)

  • Kate Morrison

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    How are the AR tickets delivered? I’m hoping to find a way to donate them if at all possible. Also, if we try to get an AR hit with trivia points, is there any way to test if it worked?

  • Anonymous

    Mine were will call

  • Anonymous

    We wont know if trivia works until they first start posting hits Sept 28

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  • M Pranivong

    A Dividend Miles account must be opened for a 12 days before purchasing miles.

  • M Pranivong

    I am confused on the Magazines for Miles hit. The Grand Slam T&C said only transactions that earned miles count as a hit. How is redeeming miles for magazines “earned miles”?

  • JA

    TPG, If you already have the Toolbar on your computer, can you uninstall and reinstall to get the hit?

  • Anonymous

    My guess is that you will get the hit for getting miles from searches during the promotion period.. no need to uninstall and reinstall

  • Anonymous

    Because US always has idiotic T&C.. my gut is that it will still work because theres no way to generate mileage from that partner (to my knowledge)

  • Nadine A
  • M Pranivong

    I thought there was a way. I followed the ‘get miles’ link and ended up at https://www.mybonuscenter.com/10005482. Looking at Kiplinger’s magazine, it’s $12 for 12 issues and it will earned 200 miles. Am I seeing this right?

  • JA

    Is one better off making purchases through the US Shopping Portal, eg 800Flowers?

  • Anonymous

    For all of the vendors go through the link posted in this post or USAIrways.com Get Miles section. don’t mess with trying to double dip points through other portals

  • Bagpackedwilltravel

    Dividend Miles Dining–I’m already a member, so do I just have to go to a restaurant, or is the $25 minimum + review in effect also?

  • hh

    can you please tell me how i would be able to transfer points from priority club to ultimate rewards at a 1:1 value? i ‘ve tried calling priorityclub, was informed by the rep that they could not. and is there a fee for the transfer? thank you in advance

  • Anonymous

    You can only transfer from Ultimate Rewards to Priority Club..not the other way around

  • Nyugator

    Signed up through the link and was given a successful message. After calling US Airways to check, I was told it didn’t go through, so the phone operator signed me up on the phone. Lucky I didn’t buy all of these offers just to find out that my sign up didn’t go through.

  • AS

    Anyone have any idea about e-rewards? You can get 250 miles for joining and completing one survey. Will that suffice?

  • Anonymous

    I’m trying to buy something on SkyMall. I followed the link above, but do not see where to insert my USAirways number. It does mention I’d receive 3 Dividend Miles per dollar… but even at checkout there is no where to include my account number? Anyone else have a similar issue?

  • doshotone

    RE: Verizon
    First, when I use your link the offer is for 5,000 miles and a Droid 2 by Motorola, so that’s confusing. Second, I’m having a hard time logging in to check the availablity, specifically my password is incorrect. I am an existing Verizon customer so I tried using that password with no luck so I tried my US Airways password with no luck either? Has anyone else had this problem?

  • Jettyboy

    No – this is one hit where you need to REDEEM miles.

  • Jettyboy

    Any purchase will do to get the hit.

  • JA

    I bought a DVD on SkyMall for $0. That’s still a purchase, isn’t it? But how will they credit a hit if no points post?

  • Anonymous

    You need to generate at least a mile so I’d spend at least $1 to be safe

  • sergey

    Is it a good idea to purchase auto warranty through third parties? My factory warranty for Toyota Prious 2009 will be over next month, so I was thinking to extend it directly through Toyota. Would it be better to use this Select Warranty instead?

  • StarGoldUA

    I am having a blonde moomet here.

    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:

    Does this mean we could do 11 x 6 = 66 hits just by staying OR out of the 11 hotels, only 6 will count as hits.
    thanks

  • StarGoldUA

    I am having a blonde moomet here.

    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:

    Does this mean we could do 11 x 6 = 66 hits just by staying OR out of the 11 hotels, only 6 will count as hits.
    thanks

  • Kevin

    can you rent a car but never actually drive it around?

  • Kinglobjaw

    1800Flowers problem. The Sad Sam item for 13.99 that TPG posted gives you an error message at checkout when you enter your DM #. “We’re sorry, the promotion code u44 you entered is not valid for any items in your cart.”. U44 is the promo code that is automatically provided from the link off of the the US Airways.com > Earn Miles page. It’s the promo code that is required in order for you to earn #20 miles per dollar spent!

  • Kimmy

    you should go through frontier’s mall and buy an itune…it will give you 2 miles and takes only about 2 weeks to reflect in your frontier account….club bing will take forever and you may not get them in time

  • Mark

    i am new to the FF mile game, so am still a little leary about buying random things purely to get points. I know you are answering a ton of questions on here, but Id be interested to know how you decide weither it is worth it or not.

    thanks!!

  • ct

    The Wine Insiders is listed as a subscription partner, but the link is for a sampler deal that doesn’t appear to have an subscription element (even in the fine print). Any idea how to reconcile this?

  • Jettyboy

    Only 6 will count.

  • Jettyboy

    That was sufficient for me last year.

  • Jettyboy

    As long as the miles post. You may have to talk to the rep.

  • Anonymous

    That’s great. I will do the same and hope they won’t need id to get the ticket. Thanks.

  • Kevin

    for the dog you posted for 1800-flowers it says that it cant be purchased with any promotions in red. is that including the miles? I dont see anywhere to put your Dividend Miles number in at.

  • Gpapadop

    Questions on the Toolbar:

    1) Can I download once, login for me & do 3 searches, logout, login for a family member, do 3 searches, logout after each one and so on?

    2)When will the 1 mile post in the accounts?

    3)Does it matter if I uninstall the Toolbar after I generate the 1 mile for each account…it kind of clutters my browser or do I have to have it installed and wait for the miles to post and then get rid of it?

  • Anonymous

    This is awsome! Extremely helpful to a first-time participant like me. Thanks, TPG

  • Drew

    Very helpful dude. I’m following and I’m sure you’re updating. Thanks.

  • JohnnieD

    I had Energy Plus for 8 mos and they started out @ 4cents/khwr and when i dumped them they were 14 1/2 cents a kwh. Stay away from them…

  • Lance

    On 1800 flowers looks like the promo code to get miles does not work for these discounted items (says invalid when you hit apply.) Can you not use it for any sale items?

  • Michael

    I downloaded the tool bar and then searched FTD and it gave me a link and I clicked through and ordered the ugly $12.50 Victorian rose vase and I was wondering if anyone knows if I’ll get credit for a grand slam or if I should have gone through the Dividend Mall as there was no place for me to enter my dividend number at FTD so the only way USAIR knows I purchased it is through the tool bar search. Thoughts anyone?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nick-Ewen/7201791 Nick Ewen

    FYI, if anyone signed up for the “Link, Like, Love” American Express promotion on Facebook that TPG mentioned a couple months ago, they currently have an offer for 1800 Flowers where you’ll get $10 back for a purchase of $30 or more. Since that doesn’t require a promo code or anything, you should be able to get miles and the credit. Just wanted to let everyone know!

  • Alex

    If some of you have the US Airways Debit or Credit cards, use them on the shopping mall and flower purchases etc.. that way you get more miles on top of the hits too ;)

  • Michael

    I’m always baffled when I get taken to a new screen. I entered all info because I definitely want to see that poetry slam and then I was taken to:

    https://tix.carolinatix.org/online/viewOrder.asp

    I entered in my audiance reward number and will that be sufficient to ge the hit?

  • Bro22k

    If anyone finds the best way to track the “Hits” we received please post that information.

  • Jettyboy

    The Hits will show up on your US airways account

  • Bro22k

    Thanks, thats good to know

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  • Allie

    The magazines for miles link didn’t work for me – I entered my info and it indicated “Session Expired” – will go in through US Air main website.

  • JollyTraveler

    Thanks for the info, TPG! So is the wine insiders a subscription or just a one-time purchase for 11 bottles?

  • Bro22k

    I searched magazines for miles with the US Airways toolbar bar and while on the site you have to chose your magazine and enter you mileage account number. Like TPG stated “it is easy as pie”

  • erndog

    Regarding Vinesse and Wine Insiders – you don’t need to buy a wine subscription for the hit to count. Just a regular purchase for something on their site will do. Lot’s of stuff cheap, just make sure you go through the USAirways website and link through either the Vinesse or Wine Insiders page – they make it look like you need to buy a subscription, but you don’t – - just buying an item for yourself or as a gift will work.

  • erndog

    Regarding the magazines – better to transfer early and often. The company running the magazine redemptions is a joke. They will ‘run out’ of a magazine title, but the title will remain on the redemption web site. You won’t know this for weeks and weeks, until you get a postcard (maybe) IN THE MAIL telling you your selection is ‘unavailable’. You won’t get your points back. You will have to order another title, and hope it is ‘in stock’. By this time, the Grand Slam will be over. E-mails to this organization are fruitless and you are wasting your time. Good luck with these guys!

  • Jettyboy

    If you are charged miles, you should get a hit even if the magazine is out of stock.

  • Josephjaywilliams

    Is there a mistake in the deal with Verizon? I wanted to get “Get 10,000 miles and a free Droid Incredible 2 by HTC when you sign up for a new 2-year Verizon Wireless activation and data pak. Use all caps in order to log-in.” but at that link they only have the “Droid X2″ by motorola and three other phones, with 5000 miles.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Ted

    For Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer, does the name of the UR account have to match the name of the Marriott account? Or can it be anyone? I see only fields to enter membership number but not first and last name like AMEX MR transfer

  • heidi

    if I buy a trial status challenge will the us airway flight to madrid bought with spain air count? for the 7500 miles challenge. I checked great circle mapper and it nets 7922 miles

  • Mark

    does using coupon codes or your orders void the miles / hit when you use it for vendors like Skymall, FTD etc?

  • Guest

    is there anywhere to track your “hits?” I kinda want to make sure I am earning them.

  • Bexho2000

    Can anyone confirm if the “Magazines for Miles hit” applies to redeeming US airways miles for magazines or it applies to buying (a credit card needed) a magazine subscription under the Magazine Miles awards link at their web page ? Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Nope. I recommend keeping a spreadsheet and marking them off once they post to your US Airways account and make sure that the corresponding bonuses that hit your account line up correctly. Annoying, i know.

  • Anonymous

    Not 100% sure. I wouldn’t use one just to be safe

  • Anonymous

    They do not have to match. :-)

  • Anonymous

    Its a crappy third party vendor of Verizon. I would call them and see if they have the 10k Droid deal- just make sure to give them your Div Miles number if you purchase

  • Anonymous

    One time purchase should work

  • Anonymous

    But theres no one place to track hits- Id recommend using a spreadsheet and then marking off once the activity posts to your account and make sure the corresponding hit bonuses line up correctly

  • Anonymous

    You have to go through the direct links from US Airways (or in this post). You also must add your Dividend miles number at checkout, otherwise they will have no idea where to credit miles. I’d be nervous using the toolbar

  • Anonymous

    Getting miles isnt a promo code. Getting a discount is.

  • Anonymous

    You can install and uninstall. All that matters is that you do three searches with a toolbar that is associated with your Dividend Miles account. Miles usually post in a couple weeks, thats why I started early.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see why miles would be considered a promotion code. Also, make sure you go through the link in this post or on USAirways.com and it will have a Dividend Miles box at checkout

  • Anonymous

    Just get the one time purchase. The T&C are stupid

  • Anonymous

    Looks like they changed that because it worked for me :-(

  • Anonymous

    Technically you have to drive it off the lot. If you befriend the agent, they may do you a favor, but I recommend driving out of the lot and back.

  • Anonymous

    by Member, they mean Dividend Miles member. Don’t worry- I had thought the same thing!

  • Gpuzzi

    Does anyone else despise points.com? When TPG told us about frontier airlines giving a free 1000 miles and then to transfer them using points.com, I attempted. Only to recieve an email saying something went wrong with the transfer and then the rules were different. No longer could you do a transfer unless you had 1001 points. So now I come up with bright idea to use that as my transfer for grandslam. I buy another 1000 points from frontier to put myself over the min. and it keeps saying 1001 is min. and wont let me do the transfer of 2200 mile for a great loss of 6 to 1. I feel like the website is such a scam, even the trades dont make sense.

  • Trivialpursuits

    Can someone please comment on 100% miles bonus at US Airways. My account is < 12 days old – but it took me all the way before I could click Buy. Anybody able to get the bonus even as a new account holder ?

    Thanks. Looking forward to this !

  • Trivialpursuits

    Forgot to add – I am putting together a spreadsheet that includes cost+pain (lowest to highest) for hits – unless someone else has similar one done already.

  • Mark

    I will try to do some more digging and will share if I find out anything. Because it would be nice to use some of these free shipping codes that are out there for Skymall.

  • Mark

    If you google search reviews on them it seems to be 90% negitive. I was going to transfer one of my small FF mile account balances that I probably wont ever use to US Air, but I am even hessitant to do that now because the rate seems soo bad.

  • Guest

    This is a pretty dumb and obvious question, but 9 hits won’t get you any more points than 8 hits right? it’s only for the benchmarks 4,8,12 etc

  • Anonymous

    Correct

  • Anonymous

    If it lets you buy and confirms the bonus, then you should be fine

  • Jay

    The rules link says 9 hotel transfers, but the T&C link says 10 – it adds LaQuinta. What’s up with that?

  • Gpuzzi

    Figured out how to do the transfer. Although my intial 1000 points may not go through because points.com claims Frontier has a rule that you cant transfer bonus points. I wonder if anyone else had that problem or if they changed the rule in the middle of the game.

  • ukinny

    Amtrak Guest Rewards can be converted into Choice Privillges and HHonors Points (see https://www.amtrakguestrewards.com/redeem#hotelPoints). You could get the Chase Amtrak Card with no annual fee – that gets you 12,000 AMGR points after first use. COnvert 5000 of those into 10,000 HHonors and another 5,000 AMGR into 15,000 Choice, which gets you two free hits (though one hit on your credit report)

  • Andrew

    I’m worried about the “This special offer cannot be combined with Promotion Codes.” warning too. Please let me know when your miles post.

  • Wilson

    Same problem for me……anyone has insight how can i do the 1 mile transfer needed for the GRAND SLAM??? help!!!

  • Michael

    I can’t find the link to the USAIR Shopping mall that has the Wine Insiders. I’m concerned that the Thepointsguy link will take me there but if I don’t order the subscription, and just buy a $15 bottle of pinot, I won’t a) get credit for the grand slam (as there is no way to enter my dividend number and b) see a)

  • Michael

    Do you know a) where we can see our Grand Slam credits at USAIR site; b) when they are credited (so I can see if my FTD blunder got credited) and c) see a & b

  • Jasmi

    May I know where the Hits are showing up? I look through my account, did not find it.

  • Mkvizag

    about the hotel stay, does three reservations with the same hotel brand count as three different hits? i’m making a long drive cross country soon and plan to stay at a different choice hotel each night (they are the cheapest)

  • Anonymous

    6 separate reservations with starwood will get you 6 hits. Thats the max from hotel stays.

  • Anonymous

    Just do as I posted- switch 4 AA miles into US Airways and you are good to go

  • Anonymous

    All of my links were pulled from US Airways.com . If you want to pull it yourself go here http://www.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/earnmiles/default.html

  • Bensegg

    I have same problems as above……and I tried 4AA miles for US Airways as well….I’ve tried 7 different program to swap into US Airways and it confirms it and then I get a email about a sec later saying “”We were unable to process your Points.com Exchage” So I email them telling them that and this is the response I get…..

    Thank you for contacting Points.com.

    Please contact your reward program to verify your program details. Some part of the information you have entered cannot be verified.

    New on Points.com! Redeem your Priority Rewards Points, Asia Miles, Aeroplan® Miles, American Airlines AAdvantage® and US Airways® Dividend Miles® miles into your PayPal account on Points.com. Visit our PayPal Overview
    to learn more!

    For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, visit our FAQ page here:

    Thank you for using Points.com

    Now what do I do?!

  • Anonymous

    There is no hit count. Its stupid.. you have to cross reference how many different activities have hit your account vs the bonus they give you. Usually it matches up.
    IF your FTD purchase doesnt give you any miles, you can be sure you arent getting a hit

  • Badger

    Magazines for Miles pages indicates ‘session timed out’ when i enter info using both Chrome and ie. anyone else have same issue or suggestions?

  • http://infamousdx.com infamousdx

    Re: Wine Insiders

    Can’t we just purchase the cheapest bottle of wine? I don’t see any T&C that say we have to buy a subscription to get US miles.

    EDIT: Nevermind, found the answer! http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/17029644-post40.html

  • Badger

    TPG was right of course. Search using Yahoo! open text search on DM toolbar and go thru screen at http://www.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/usemiles.html.

  • Wilson

    Unfortunately the website tells me that to exchange AA miles into US “Min 25’000 balance needded”.

    what is up with these guys at points.com………..?

    Needless to say i have 0 miles with AA currently:)

  • Badger

    Frontier’s mall launches itunes, with no field for an airline acct does apple know the frontier link was used?

  • Wilson

    Just thought of something, please TPG tell me if i’m correct:
    maybe i can just exchange 19 US miles into 4 AA and then just exchange those back to 1 US mile??? will that be valid in your opinion?
    Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexkgtu Alexander Onishchenko

    I wonder, what if a marriott stay is completed (sept 12th) before the GS start date, but the points/miles arent posted for the next few days. what matters here: stay date, or post date?

  • Sol

    thanks for your great work, is there a minimum for hotel transfers ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexkgtu Alexander Onishchenko

    also, since I dont drive…what if my other half rents the car, is it possible to credit miles for the rental to my account?
    that doesnt usually work with hotel points credit…
    thanks

  • Bensegg

    it should work on more companies

  • Michael

    I already have a bunch of priority club bookings. Do I need to go through a particular link or is there a place in the priority club website to indicate it? Can I get a hit with points + cash booking or priority club rewards nights (which are 15,000 points and $60?)

  • Michael

    I tried to run around it too — if TPG can tell us how he was able to bypass AA’s 25,000 requirement, we’d all like to know!

  • Michael

    thanks!

  • Michael

    It’s amazing how horrible airline websites are compared to the rest of the web. It’s like we are in a time warp. AA’s site is so horrible and impossible to read that it’s a joke, you can’t find anything at Delta, and you can’t track anything at USAIR/

  • Amanda

    Re: the ThanksAgain promotion, you note that the cheapest way to get the hit is probably to buy a Restaurant.com voucher. iTunes is also a vendor for ThanksAgain, though — a song purchase *should* count, yes?

  • Bro22k

    How do you get the “twitter” hit?

  • Bro22k

    Purchase a minimum of $500.00 worth of merchandise at SkyMall by 11:59 in the evening Mountain Daylight Time on Sunday, September 18, 2011 and receive 25,000 Delta Air Lines SkyMiles.

  • Jettyboy

    You can also like them on Facebook to get a free hit.

  • Jettyboy

    What matters is the “activity date” which, for most hotels, is the stay date

  • Jettyboy

    You need to generate a minimum of 850 Dividend miles.

  • Jettyboy

    You can do US DM–> Greenpoints–>US DM

  • Anonymous

    Hotel stay has to generate at least 200 DMs. There’s nothing in the rules about how you generate the miles.

  • Snoop

    Points.com allows multiple accounts. I transferred a bunch of points from my BestBuy Rewards account. Maybe you may have additional accounts with other retailers. This is what I did.

    Transaction Date: September 15, 2011
    You want to Move:
    3 Best Buy Reward Zone® (US)
    To get:
    1 US Airways Dividend Miles®

  • Frugaltravellawyer

    Extremely helpful! Here is the link to my blog post about the hits I have gotten so far using the information from this post. http://frugaltravellawyer.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/my-hits-at-the-us-airways-grand-slam/

  • TPGirlFriday

    I hope you enjoy your Grand Slam hit every bit as much as Keira loves her new teddy from FTD – Thank you, Uncle TPG!!

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

    any information on excluded partner RealEstate.com? http://www.usairways.com/en-US/dividendmiles/grandslam-tcs.html

  • Michael

    Just got a call from 1800flowers saying that the 12.99 vase will not be receiving any dividend miles. They are obviously flooded with orders.

    They put the following on their website:

    This special offer cannot be combined with Promotion Codes. Click here for gifts that can accept Promotion Codes.

    Brian, thoughts?

  • Sol

    how do you get this hit by liking who on facebook?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HLJFG5DRLCF4USPWMQ5UE6XB54 mary anne

    I answered trivia and got 12 points through audience rewards. Would that count for a hit

  • Wrightbro2

    Which Vinesse wine subscription is the cheapest? I’m thinking about subscribing and would love to hear any recommendations about which subscription offers better wine quality for my buck. Thanks in advance!

  • RJ

    Can you please post the link?

  • http://www.dealswelike.com Deals We Like

    If you are Platinum or Executive Platinum with American there is no minimum to exchange points. However, if you are not one of those two statuses, then the minimum is 25,000 points.

  • Gpuzzi

    Car Rentals in NYC are so expensive. Is it possible to get miles for hourly rentals from Hertz?

  • Danray

    On Skymall, I go all the way through the site with my purchase, enter my US Air miles number but the submit order button will not come up. Anyone having this problem?

  • Jettyboy

    Sure

  • Jettyboy

    Probably not, but hasnt been confirmed either way

  • Jettyboy

    Like ThanksAgain on Facebook and send them an email with your details to get 100 free miles

  • mc

    Hi,

    i’m new to this, how do i get miles credited to us airways when staying with various hotel chains. When i book there is nowhere to enter a DM number, and only the actual hotel loyalty membership number?

    Is this something that is done on check-in?

  • Wrightbro2

    There are less than $10 per day car rentals on the sidebar of carrentals.com

    My question is this: does the rental transaction will go through if no one picks up the car? I’m thinking about getting all 6 rental car hits for <$60 (before taxes) at different rental agencies, but first I wanted to know if anyone has experience with "ghost" renting cars.

  • Anonymous

    I have US airways flight credit of $ 462 that expire on NOV 10 2011, and was wandering if there is way to utilize it for grand slam anyway. Thank you for your comments.

  • Woodcuts

    Looks like there are 9 transfers of hotel points to miles allowed. SPG minimum transfer is 1000 points, for 1000 miles, think. If I have 9,000 points, can I make 9 transfers to miles, and thus 9 hits? Or do the rules only allow one transfer per hotel partner?

  • bagpackedwilltravel

    For 800-Flowers some items say “cannot be combined with promotional codes”. Does this mean we don’t get DM credit for the purchase?

  • Jenna

    Just to be clear – using my US Airways credit card for 10 purchases would result in 10 hits, is that right? Please let me know. Thanks.

  • bagpackedwilltravel

    Still don’t see a place to put DM number on the OfficeMax site. Anybody have any luck?

  • Rob S.

    how? Doesn’t the rental have to award you miles to count as a hit? Hertz On Demand does not award miles for hourly rentals.

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  • Anonymous

    How does US Air know you have a hit? for example in trackitback.com there is no place for your us air miles acct

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  • Danray

    Beware of Choice Hotels – I have booked several reservations with Rodeway Inn where the screen says this stay (AAA rate) qualifies for miles and then when I click confirm – the confirmation says this rate does not qualify for miles. The funny thing is, I booked a non-refundable rate yesterday and clicked to quickly before noticing the rate does not qualify for miles. Got an email confirmation today for the same stay and it says the rate does qualify for miles. Very confusing and frustrating and hard to believe what is really going to happen.

  • Sol

    can i get the 15,000 bonus miles with Energy Plus plus a hit?

  • M B

    Does the name on Priority Club account have to match with the name on Dividend account? I don’t have enough points to transfer but my husband has enough for both.

  • Anonymous

    If you click the link through the US site or this page there will be a slot for your US airways number at checkout

  • M Huang

    In your spreadsheet where it says cost per Grand Slam mile, the formula is =SUM(H5/F5). Should it be the other way around? ie (Total Spent/# of Grand Slam Miles). That way you figure out how much each mile costs.

  • shankka

    I had the same question. I went ahead and adjusted the sheet for this cell to show =SUM(F5/H5)
    Flipping what was there. I also “Formatted” the cell (right-click on cell) and changed the ‘Currency’ to show more decimal places. The way that it was initially would not show a decimal valuation.

  • Ram

    For 21st Century Auto Insurance, do you need to keep the policy for 6 months? If I cancel the policy after a month will I lose ANY/ALL miles?

  • Guest

    I got a hit for my $13.99 Sad Sammy birthday which shows cannot be combined with promotional codes but it works. Shows 140 miles on my account already.

  • Danray

    Marriott Hotel stay – I want to be clear, if I stay at a Fairfield Inn at the rate pf $160 per night than I would not generate enough $ for a hit?

  • Danray

    Marriott Hotel stay – I want to be clear, if I stay at a Fairfield Inn at the rate pf $160 per night than I would not generate enough $ for a hit?

  • Wilson

    Just want to make sure – this promo is open to ALL members, including non-U.S residents?
    I’m not American but a Plat with CO and although a lot of the hits require U.S residency, I still did the math and could have enough hits for 35,000 miles for little cost, which will be great!
    But I’m worried that despite the rules not mentioning anything about it, US AIR will not credit the hits to foreign members. Am I completely paranoid here?

  • Anonymous

    Not sure if this has been asked yet but TPG says: “Starwood: 1,000 points = 1,000 Dividend miles. Platinum members can transfer in increments of 1″. Is there a minimum to get a hit? Can I transfer 1 SPG point for a hit? I value SPG points much higher than US Airways miles so I would only like to transfer the bare minimum.

  • http://infamousdx.com infamousdx

    Minimum of 850 points for a hit.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you. I wasn’t sure if anyone saw my question…

  • JMC

    can you pls tell me what is the minimum hotel points (hilton) that is needed to transfer to US Airways in order for it to be considered a “hit”? I just transfered SPG points to US Airways; minimum for me 2500 points; didnt like that, but had to do it to earn a “hit”

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  • EGWG

    Good idea. That promo ends 9/30.

  • Anonymous

    Can any one tell me the cheapest way to get some car rental hits. I do not have any car rentals planned in the next 8 weeks and this is going to be an Out of pocket expense. Also I live in the Greater Boston area and visit the NJ area once a month.

  • K9mpnip

    1800Flowers does not give me a location to enter my DM number. Please help.

  • MJLouise

    No, it is one hit PER type of card.
    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.

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  • Spud

    Hi Alexander – can you explain this cash+points reservation and cancelling it? Many thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexkgtu Alexander Onishchenko

    sure.
    1. you must have at least 5K points.
    2. find cheap hotel that offers redemption rate of “5K points + $60″
    3. book it.
    4. cancel it.
    Instead of getting $60 back to payment method, you get 10K points (when making a reservation, you’re “buying” 10K points in order to redeem them for a 15K points award reservation)
    _____
    you got 10K extra points for a total of $60.
    5. repeat if necessary.
    6. dont abuse the system.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/alexkgtu Alexander Onishchenko

    call me stoopid, but I couldnt figure out how to buy best western points…registered and matched…google wasnt my friend in this issue.

  • Gardy

    anyone else having a problem with the magazines for miles link? i get to the age, but after i enter my info, i keep getting a “session expired” pop up dialogue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1423706237 Spencer Wheelwright

    You’ll need to phone Best Western.

  • Danray

    800flowers will not honor miles for $13.99 Sad Sam Teddy Bear that comes with free shipping. They say special offer cannot be combined with Promotion Codes yet never state this means no miles. Misleading to me.

  • Anonymous

    I found this item on SKYMALL: Carabineer Clip for $1.99 seems to be very reasonable.

  • Switch2

    Re: 1800 flowers info, : Franciscan Desert Rose Oval Basket by Wedgwood – I got this and waited forever to get the hit, it never came, so wrote to them and their response was that Item is “promotional” and not valid for miles. Go figure.

  • Anonymous

    They must have changed the rules because I got a hit for it 9/14/2011 09/19/11 1-800-FLOWERS BONUS 130

  • Robert MacGregor

    Great update! I do want to say that if you are careful to get hits in the cheapest way possible the outlay doesn’t have to be so high. I’m looking at 36 hits for $370 all in, which doesn’t include 6 hotel stays, but does include my 4 rentals (each under $20 a/i). I only have two hotel transfers, so most of those are things I’ve purchased. Even with hotel stays I think most people are looking at $600 or so a/i, which gets you a lot of stuff (Biscoff cookies!) and is still way cheaper than the 50% bonus buying miles promos ($1500 or so for 100k miles).

  • N2dwoods

    I went to Barnes & Noble.com and bought a nook e-book for $0.89!

  • N2dwoods

    Yeah, it won’t work for me either.

  • N2dwoods

    I transferred one mile into Frontier from USAirways (hope that’s ok). and then I transferred all 1001 miles from Frontier to USAirways for 184 miles.

  • N2dwoods

    If I downloaded the toolbar before the grand slam started, but have qualifying searches/miles in october, does that count as a hit?

  • Ssla1577

    Does anybody know if Enterprise Rent a car would be a partner for a grand slam hit? Its not on this list, but i got an email from US Airways and it showed Enterprise as a partner.

    Thanks!

  • Hans

    Brian, just a word to the wise, don’t switch to Energy Plus! My wife and I did that last year to pick up a 7,500 AA mile promotion and thought the same thing you’re thinking, “How much can it really go up”? However, b/c it’s not a locked in rate it fluctuates and our electricity bills have nearly doubled ($250/mo to $450/mo during the summer). Just a heads up to you and your readers…not worth it!

  • Help

    I’m considering converting Hilton points to US Airways miles to score a hit. Hilton’s website says it can take 30 days to make the conversion. There’s less than 30 days until the end of the grand slam promotion. If I place a conversion order now and it doesn’t go through until after 11/14 will I still get credited for a hit? Thanks everyone!

  • Anonymous

    All that matters is the date you initiate the transfer=- as long as thats before 11/14/11 you are fine. PS if you look at my activity it only took a week for my Hilton transfer to post.

  • mksjcarson

    I had luck with the link from the “Get Miles” section at the US Airways site –

    http://www.1800flowers.com/refer.do?r=usseptf12lto&cm_mmc=BGS-_-usair-_-septfy12lto-_-20m.

    Enter your number during checkout.

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  • Badger

    Got the hit from 21st Century for just a quote.

  • Anonymous

    I’m late to this promotion and hurrying to complete several categories. Lots of free/low-cost ones that are easy. Have a few questions, sorry if repeating earlier threads:

    1. Magazines for Miles — comes up blank (no mags listed) via the link in the threads. can’t find a link on USAir site.
    2. hotels – the point transfers all look too high, except for Starwood. and they currently are giving a bonus for AmEx transfers, 1800 AmEx=999 points (don’t ask about how they came up with that ratio)
    3. SkyMall – I thought this was all expensive shlock but there’s decent cheap wine, gift, and video choices
    4. Audience Rewards – I did the trivia 2 weeks ago but no points credited yet
    5. Wine Insiders – is a subscription really required?
    6. Energy Plus – like other I got suckered into this before. STAY AWAY, the rates are double what you normally pay.

    any other last-minute tips?

  • Ram Kashyap

    From the above mentioned list, I can see 5 hits and the others hotel hits.
    You can find some cheap hits from:
    1. Dividend miles tool bar(free)
    2. Swap points on points.com (you can transfer 4 AA miles to US DM, but you should have atleast 10K AA miles inorder to do that. There is another work around. Transfer 10 USDM to 4 Asia Miles and transfer back those to USDM as 1 mile). In my opinion this is another free hit
    3. Divident miles Dining.
    4. e-Miles.com (this is little time consuming and I doubt whether you may be able to earn 500 miles by Nov 14th or not?). Again free.
    5. Office Max (~9$)
    6. Share builder (If you use their mobile trading app, you get 5$ off. Else this hit costs ~10$). Get a penny stock or Office Depot is less than $3.
    7. Super Shuttle (~ 7$ with driver tip). You do not need to get on that, but YMMV.
    8. Vinesse (10$ for an apron).
    9. 1800 Flowers (There are sale items for 10$ incl shipping)

    Apart from the above, I would say all the rest are going to be expensive hits (at least 20$ unless you have some already planned activity).

    TPG has every URL and extremely useful information in this post. This link has become one of the most frequently used bookmarks for me.

    Also, “dealswelike” on boarding area has posted an article which I think would be useful for you:
    http://boardingarea.com/blogs/dealswelike/2011/10/26/us-airways-grand-slam-status/

  • Ram Kashyap

    From the above mentioned list, I can see 5 hits and the others hotel hits.
    You can find some cheap hits from:
    1. Dividend miles tool bar(free)
    2. Swap points on points.com (you can transfer 4 AA miles to US DM, but you should have atleast 10K AA miles inorder to do that. There is another work around. Transfer 10 USDM to 4 Asia Miles and transfer back those to USDM as 1 mile). In my opinion this is another free hit
    3. Divident miles Dining.
    4. e-Miles.com (this is little time consuming and I doubt whether you may be able to earn 500 miles by Nov 14th or not?). Again free.
    5. Office Max (~9$)
    6. Share builder (If you use their mobile trading app, you get 5$ off. Else this hit costs ~10$). Get a penny stock or Office Depot is less than $3.
    7. Super Shuttle (~ 7$ with driver tip). You do not need to get on that, but YMMV.
    8. Vinesse (10$ for an apron).
    9. 1800 Flowers (There are sale items for 10$ incl shipping)

    Apart from the above, I would say all the rest are going to be expensive hits (at least 20$ unless you have some already planned activity).

    TPG has every URL and extremely useful information in this post. This link has become one of the most frequently used bookmarks for me.

    Also, “dealswelike” on boarding area has posted an article which I think would be useful for you:
    http://boardingarea.com/blogs/dealswelike/2011/10/26/us-airways-grand-slam-status/

  • Ram Kashyap

    Better your Netflix account be brand new.

    I called netflix today following up for the DM miles. This is what they said:
    I have closed my previous netflix account on 10/31/2010 and opened the new one on 10/05/2011 (for GrandSlam) with the same credit card. They found that and rejected my promotion miles.
    Netflix suggested me to open a new account with a new email id and asked me to use a new credit card. I am going in for that. This is my 36th hit. I cannot afford to lose this. :)

  • Bethodonnell

    This is been amazingly helpful, thanks to one and all, especially TPG. Does anyone know if I automatically get a hit for transferring e-rewards currency into USAir even if the miles haven’t shown up yet? Thanks!

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  • Adamu98

    this was a great promo and thanks for your input
    what do you think chances are of it happening again this yr?

  • Kate

    One huge rule you left out – The last date that activity from a qualifying partner can be received by US Airways for bonus miles consideration is February 24, 2012, regardless of the Eligible Activity Date for such activity.

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