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Day 3 of the US Airways Grand Slam, and I’m starting to get to the end of the free, cheap, and/or easy hits. This really is fun, and I am so happy to hear how many of you have decided to play with me! Let’s keep it up. 24 hits is still my goal, but I am now starting to eye 28…..I just had another work trip pop up in October, so 28 is looking more within my reach. We’ll see what happens!
Read about my first nine cheap and easy hits here. All were completed on the first day of the promotion. Basically my first nine hits cost me $44.46 (most of which I would have spent anyway) and netted me 10,000 US Airways miles! Here are the hits I accumulated on days 2 and 3 of the promo.
Hit 10. Track it Back – $24.94
I would not have actually ordered Track it Back were it not for this promo, but I am kind of excited to use the product now that I will soon have it. Basically you get Track it Back stickers that you put on things, like cell phones, and if someone finds the phone they can call that number and Track it Back will get the phone back to you. They claim to have a 85% success rate – not bad. In addition to a hit, this purchase gives you 500 US Airways miles.
Your Dividend Miles number is requested right after you hit “checkout”. The only weird thing about this hit was in order to use my Amex card, I had to pay in Canadian Dollars. I really want to keep all of my hits on my Platinum Amex for simplicity’s sake, so I went with the Canadian dollars. Since the Platinum card has no foreign transaction fee, I was good to go.
Hit 11. US Airways Dining Program – $2.17
I registered a card that is not registered with any other dining program with US Airways Dining and went to buy a $1.99 Vitamin Water from a participating sandwich shop. I enjoyed a nice cold beverage, and a cheap hit. If you are a new member with the US Airways Dining program, you can also get 1,000 US Airways miles for making two $25 dines within your first 45 days of joining. I will be taking advantage of that nice little bonus as well. 😉
Hit 12. Download Dividend Miles Shopping Toolbar and complete three searches – free
This was was pretty simple. Just download the Dividend miles toolbar and complete three searches. I think I searched for Gap, Pottery Barn, and diapers. The toolbar keeps track of your searches, so you know when you have completed three valid searches as it will list the number and display the number of miles you earned by using the toolbar. See where I have circled below. You must complete your searches in the actual toolbar that will be at the top of your screen.
Hit 13. Super Shuttle – $11.50
I racked my brain trying to come up with a real use for Super Shuttle, but I could not foresee needing Super Shuttle within the next two months, so I went ahead and booked a reservation that I knew I was probably not going to make as it was in a different city from mine and I had no flight to that city scheduled. 😉 I booked a trip from the DFW airport to the Hyatt DFW. I used coupon code UYR59 to take $3 off a one-way reservation. It came to $10.00 and I added $1.50 tip – hey, it’s not the driver’s fault I’m not showing up. This same trip had a good track record of posting for “no shows” as a hit last year, so I am hoping it will again this year. Obviously, if you have a real need for Super Shuttle, that would be a way better use of this hit. There are also no guarantees this will work; if you are a bit on the cautious side, hold off on this one for a few weeks until hits start posting.
Super Shuttle asks for you to select your airline program (US Airways Dividend Miles) and enter your Dividend Miles number on the same screen where you enter your credit card information.
My 13 hits got me to the 15,000 mile level and come in a total cost of $83.07. If you take off the most expensive hit (Track it Back at $24.94), I am still at the 15K mileage level for only $58.13. If you really want to get fancy, you could take out the next couple most expensive hits I have had, and add in some of the free hits I have yet to complete, such as points.com, e-rewards.com, and e-miles.com to come up with a cost even less than that. With the sole exception of the Super Shuttle reservation, all of my purchases either would have happened anyways, or I will at least make use the products that I ordered.
Hits in process: As I mentioned, I am working on my e-rewards and e-miles hits right now. I think I have a good shot at getting enough e-miles points to count as a hit, but I am a little more iffy on e-rewards. Both require that you complete surveys for points. I have a long way to go in getting solicited to complete surveys with e-rewards. I have also applied for a US Airways debit card from Bank of America. That will cost $30, give me a hit when I first use it, and will award me 3,000 bonus miles. I don’t want to have a hard credit pull, so I am only doing the debit card at this point. I also have a Points.com transaction pending that should get me that hit. Once those hits process, I will be at the 16 hit level for 25,000 miles. My out of pocket cost at that point should only be $113.07, and I will have earned enough miles for a domestic round-trip ticket (plus all of the other miles I have earned from purchases). I will post more about each of those hits in an upcoming post.
Hits still sitting on the bench: Office Max still does not have a place to enter your Dividend Miles number, so I am waiting to see how that one works out. Many great Flyertalk members are contacting Office Max to try and sort out that issue. Before the end of the promo I will also be looking into the following hits: buying miles from US Airways ($27), Sharing miles ($30), US Airways club membership (if it goes on sale for a discount), crediting four planned hotel stays for hits, and crediting one planned rental car for a hit. Those will get me at least to 24 hits, and potentially help me make a run for 28 hits. More on all of those as they happen!
I am adding a temporary “US Airways Grand Slam Hit Tally” to the Mommy Points home page near the “About Me” button. That way, you can see the running list of my hits as I update them. The only caveat is that this game changes fast, so a hit that worked for me on Day 1, may not work for you on day 9. To keep up with the most up to date info, keep an eye on this very helpful Flyertalk section maintained by Beltway and this great Milepoint Wiki that I think is updated by SC Flier. Also feel free to ask me questions in the comments section and I will do my best to try to get you an answer.
Where are you so far with your hits and money invested? Are you still skeptical on the value of this promotion?