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Are we really only 9 days into the Grand Slam? Seems like it has been going on much longer than that! Maybe that is because I have been devoting so much time per day to this. I swear I am officially stalking e-rewards.com for new surveys, but it seems that there must be tons of others who fit my demographic who are snapping up the surveys before I am. Hmmm, wonder why that could be? 🙂 I’m actually having a lot of fun still with most of the Grand Slam, but filling out surveys with e-rewards.com and e-miles.com has been far from my favorite activity. I am now up to 435 miles with e-miles (500 required for hit) and $12.15 on e-rewards ($25 required for a hit). Progress comes slowly but surely on those two hits. As I have mentioned before, don’t delay starting on those two hits. Get rocking on them now as they do take time!
Before I add my most recent hits to the tally, I want to share some Grand Slam updates/rumors. The first is related to the Office Max purchase. This will be a relatively cheap and easy hit once it works, but thus far there has not been anywhere on the Office Max website to enter your US Airways Dividend Miles number. Many dedicated Flyertalk members have been emailing back and forth with Office Max, and have been told that Office Max is very close to having that technical issue resolved. Hopefully by next week we can all add this easy hit to our tallies.
9/23 update: Office Max rumor confirmed – it is working!
Another rumor I am very excited about, is the possibility of US Airways offering a brief sale on discounted US Airways Club membership in the very near future….9/27 was the rumored date. They did a similar sale about six months ago and last year during the Grand Slam. American Express Platinum cards will stop granting access to Continental President’s Clubs in about a week, so I need a different way in. If they do have the sale and price the membership as they have in the past, it should only be about $260 for a years membership. That is about $200 less than the regular price for non-elite flyers. To visit a Star Alliance lounge, other than Continental’s Presidents Clubs and United’s Red Carpet Clubs , you’ll need to present a same-day boarding pass for travel on any Star Alliance flight. You must show your US Airways Club Membership Card to enter United and Continental lounges, but you do not need a same-day boarding pass on a Star Alliance flight to enter those lounges. Obviously this is not a hit that would be valuable unless you were planning to purchase a membership anyway. I have my fingers crossed that this rumor is true!
As always, you can read about all of my hits so far here.
Hit 15. Hertz Car Rental – $59.00 ($19.67)
My husband and I are sneaking away for the weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary. (Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!) We like to rent cars rather than drive our own when we go on little road trips. While the rentals we get usually aren’t near as comfortable as our own cars, we like keeping the miles and little nicks and dings off our cars when we can. It was $59.00 for a three-day weekend rental for what will probably be a clown-sized car. Oh the things we do for miles. This is one of those hits where the price really doesn’t factor into my “out of pocket” total the way some other hits do because I would have made this reservation regardless. Nonetheless, I am going to count $19.67 of the rental, or one day’s worth, in my current cost total since that is all that would have been needed for the hit.
Hit 16. Network Solutions – $26.09
This hit was a great find on Flyertalk. Since the instructions are a little bit complicated at first, I am just going to re-post primarily from the well-organized description that beltway provided already on FT. Thanks so much to beltway!
- Click on the US Airways website link for Network Solutions.
- Click on “Get Your Domain Names”
- Enter your personal information. If the website won’t accept your US Dividend Miles account ID, try
- capitalizing all letters, if any
- inserting several zeroes at the start of your identifier; it may take 10 or more
- Select a desired domain name (preferably .com or .org) and click “search”
- Click “continue” to confirm your selection
- Click “no thanks” to decline additional services
- You will see a pricing page listing a cost of $86.97. Click “redeem offer code” and enter a 70%-off discount code.
- These codes can be found by Googling “network solutions codes”. Current discount codes include SAVE70DAF and TECHDOM3AF.
- Apply the code and return to the main pricing page. Your new price for 3 years should be $26.09. (Do not choose a duration less than 3 years, as this will invalidate the miles promotion. This can be confirmed by reloading the page.) Note that the banner at the top promises 2,000 miles; however, NetSol has told me that the bonus is only 1,000 miles. If you plan to fight for the extra miles, make a screenshot and/or printout of this page now for your records.
- Complete the secure checkout. Be aware that any address, phone number, or name entered here will be listed publicly in the domain name registration.
- You should receive an email from NetSol confirming your activity and the promised miles bonus.
I told it to not automatically renew my domain registration after three years. I have yet to receive an email from them confirming the promised miles, but I did take ample screen shots during the order process. I have received a regular order confirmation email. While beltway warns that they are only going to provide 1,000 bonus miles, It said 2,000 bonus miles on multiple places while I was placing my order. I don’t see how they wouldn’t honor the 2,000 mile bonus given how explicitly it state that you will receive that bonus, but I have certainly been wrong before. Either way, it is a good hit. We were able to purchase a domain address that The Man has actually been wanting to purchase anyway.
In fact, if the 2,000 miles are credited as promised, buying 2,000 miles for only $26.09 is a pretty good value by itself. Even with the most recent purchase bonus, US Airways was still selling miles directly for 1.4 cents per miles, and there was a minimum purchase of essentially 20,000 miles to get that price. This route allows you to obtain miles for only 1.3 cents per mile, plus you get a domain address to go with it.
This weekend I have hotel stays that will account for hits 17 and 18. Both were planned outside of the Grand Slam, so aren’t costing us anything extra out-of-pocket for the hits. I really have no idea how to count those types of hits in my cost total – suggestions?
To date I have completed the requirements for 16 hits and have spent about $128.85 (including money I would have spent anyway). 16 hits gets me 25,000 US Airways miles! I could have easily scored 16 hits for well under $100 if I’d been more patient about my e-rewards and e-miles hits and got rid of the two most expensive hits. I think I would have come in around $75 if I went that route. $75 investment (not counting your time) for a free domestic round-trip ticket – yes, please! For me the 16 hits threshold will just be a short stop on my way up the hit ladder. I have bigger numbers in mind. 🙂
Where do you stand? What is your goal for hits/$$$ invested?
By the way, for those who only are interested in the very low-cost hits, I plan to start playing the Grand Slam for The Man next week. He will only be doing very low cost hits, and will be playing for 12-16 hits maximum.