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The first batch of US Airways Grand Slam bonus miles was scheduled to post on 9/28. Turns out the miles didn’t start posting until the morning of 9/29 – a little delay isn’t that big of a deal, but now 12 hours after the first miles have started posting there are many (myself included) that have yet to see any miles post. Just like many others who have yet to see miles posted, I registered, received my registration confirmation, and have made many eligible transactions. Since miles didn’t start posting yesterday, and many still have not posted today, I think it is safe to assume US Airways is experiencing some kind of IT related issue with processing the hits/posting the miles. As long as you received a confirmation email that you were registered for the Grand Slam, I don’t think it is time to get overly-concerned that your miles have not yet posted. You know, the “sky is falling” syndrome.
Don’t get me wrong, I am anxious to get the miles, but I am fairly confident that there is just some computer glitch that US Airways has to sort out and that the miles will come soon enough. Now if they still aren’t here next week, I may not be as laid-back about the delay. Anyway, if you haven’t yet received your miles, you are in good company. If your misery wants some additional good company, check out these threads on Milepoint and Flyertalk. You will be greeted by others who also are still anxiously clicking “refresh” hoping their miles appear. Hopefully they will come soon!
The good news is that we did learn a few things from the lucky ones who did have their miles post this morning. It seems that answering trivia questions via Audience Rewards does count as a hit. That is great news. No more buying tickets for Poetry Grand Slams in North Carolina when you live several states (or countries) away! I’m glad that I was patient with this one and waited to see if the free way of getting the hit worked out. Patience is often a key virtue when hunting miles and points.
The jury is still out on whether just setting up a ShareBuilder account without funding it is good enough for a hit or not. It looks like it is posting okay in some cases, but not in others. It may be one of those situations where “individual results may vary”. I will probably set up an account tomorrow just to see what happens. You also get 2,500 Dividend Miles after your first trade, but those miles seem to be posting for some without even funding the account. Can’t hurt to try, just don’t rely too strongly on this one in your official count until we know a bit more information.
Most everything else seems to be posting as expected, which is good. I have updated my list of all hits that I have completed to include the date that the transactions actually posted in my account so you can see what has come through. That is also a great place to look for a little more detail about how each transaction went, where to enter your DM number, etc… Most of my transactions are posting relatively quickly, which is great! I’ve actually been pretty impressed (knock on wood) with how reliably and quickly most of these partner transactions have been working. So impressed that I have now started to “play ball” with my husband’s US Airways account. I am only going for 16 hits on his account – just enough to get the number of miles for a domestic round-trip ticket. I will be getting those 16 hits as inexpensively as I possibly can. Not only will those miles help our family get to the places we need to go, but hopefully his version of the Grand Slam will help some of you who don’t want to go “all-in”, but who would like to get some inexpensive miles out of this fun promo. Stay tuned for a post coming soon about his progress towards 16 inexpensive hits.
Also coming soon is a list of Grand Slam Newbie FAQ’s. I have been getting many emails about the Grand Slam, so I thought it would be helpful to compile a list of the questions I am getting most frequently. I hope to work on that this weekend, so check back soon for that as well.
As soon as my miles post, I will update with how my hits are officially stacking up, as well as update on my most recent few hits!