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The hits are temporarily slowing down a little bit for me right now, but I have now positioned myself to get at least 28 hits if everything posts as I hope it will. I’ll talk more in a minute about how 28 hits suddenly came within reach. Naturally, I am now eyeing 32 as there is a 20,000 mile jump between 28 and 32 hits. Not sure how practical it will be for me to push for 32, but it is always good to look ahead and start strategizing. Here’s where I stand today…….
Read all of my hits here.
Hit 14. Points.com – Swap other points into Dividend Miles
There are three different hits listed in the rules that can potentially involve Points.com (buying, sharing, and swapping), so pay attention to each one so that you earn all possible hits. For this one, I swapped other points into Dividend Miles. Once you join Points.com, you need to enter your frequent flyer account information from various programs, so that you can swap miles into US Airways miles. Each program has its own minimum mileage requirements. I will share what worked for me, but the easiest way to see what options you have is to click on “exchange” in the US Airways section.
Then select US Airways as your program and enter “1” next to the how many box. Select search now, and your options will be revealed. The options presented will be directly related to the frequent flyer programs that you entered. Hotel and other rewards programs (like Best Buy) can also present good exchange options.
I transferred 4 American Airlines miles into 1 US Airways Dividend mile to score my hit. Your American Airlines account has to be at a minimum of 25,000 miles, or you have to have Executive or Executive Platinum status in order to transfer miles out of that account. Just for fun, I also turned 5 US Airways miles into 1 Frontier Airlines Early Return mile in order to take my Frontier balance to 1001 (the minimum to transfer from that account). I had obtained 1000 Frontier miles by taking advantage of this now expired promotion. I then transferred 1001 Frontier miles to my US Airways account at the converted rate of 184 miles + a 27 mile bonus. So, this is another viable option if you have some Frontier miles that are collecting dust.
If you don’t have Frontier or American Airlines miles, you can join Asia miles for free, transfer 10 US Airways Dividend Miles to Asia Miles on points.com, and then transfer 4 Asia miles back to US Airways. Due to losing miles on each conversion, your 4 Asia Miles will ultimately result in 1 US Airways Dividend mile being credited to your account. One mile is good enough for this hit. 🙂 Thanks SC Flier on Milepoint for the tip!
A note about Points.com – these transfers often take a couple days to post. You need to have some patience with this hit. Mine took about 72 painstaking hours, but they worked just fine in the end.
Hit Positioning: While I haven’t actually achieved many hits in the last couple days, I have been working on positioning for my next several hits. Here is some info on a couple of those “hits in process”.
e-Miles and e-Rewards hits: If you haven’t already, go ahead and get started on both of these hits as they can take a while to accumulate. Anyone can sign-up for e-Miles, but you have to be solicited by e-Rewards. Amazingly, I was solicited by Country Inn & Suites (who I have only stayed with once just under a year ago) just a couple of days ago. Search your email accounts for “By Invitation Only” as that seems to be the subject line of the invitation emails. US Airways was a partner of Country Inns & Suites, but not all hotels/airlines are partners. You have to check closely before you spend time completing surveys.
I am now up to 400 of the required 500 points with e-miles, but only at $5.10 of the required $25.00 with e-Rewards. I have noticed that surveys on e-miles are typically available for a much longer period than surveys on e-Rewards which tend to disappear quite quickly. So, jump on an e-Rewards survey as soon as you see it. e-Miles also gives you the option to make donations or magazine purchases to quickly rack up the miles. One magazine purchase and I could obtain that hit today, but I am going to wait and try to go the free route on this one. I’m just crossing my fingers that e-Rewards will let me complete enough surveys to get that hit.
This $9.00 survey has been tormenting me by throwing error messages every time I try to complete it. I have emailed e-Rewards about the problem, but so far have not received a response. So, for me e-Miles = easy hit. e-Rewards = not so easy.
Hotel stays: I am using a free resort night at a Starwood resort in the coming days, but realized today that even though it is a free stay, it can count as a hit. The Man and I plan to have a nice dinner and room service breakfast at the resort. Those two meals will come to at least $100. We will charge those meals to the room, and $100 is the minimum amount in order to qualify as a hit with SPG. Today I changed my earning preference with SPG to US Airways Dividend Miles, so I should be good to go with this hit. Don’t forget that once this promotion ends, you may want to give yourself a reminder to change this preference back by contacting SPG customer service (unless, of course, you want to leave this change permanent).
I also had a few new work related Hyatt stays pop up. With Hyatt, you can tell them your earning preference at check-in. I will just make sure to have my US Airways Dividend miles number handy. Since I will hopefully have Diamond status by the time I have my first Hyatt stay, I should still earn my 1000 Hyatt point Diamond amenity at check-in. Those points will go directly into my Hyatt Gold Passport account, even though the rest of my points will go to US Airways. I will also still be taking advantage of the Stay 3, Get 5,000 points promotion. Hits and Hyatt points sound great to me.
I have completed 14 hits, but now have mapped my way to 28. I will share my exact path to 28 in the coming days. Hopefully in the next few days more of my hits “in process” will go through!
Where are you currently with your hits? What easy hits am I missing?
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