Grand Slam Update: Day 17

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Even though it was two days after initially advertised, the bonus miles for my first 12 hits posted this morning.  I was happy to see all 15,000 of those nice, new pretty miles in my account when I woke up!  I ended up having 13 transactions posted to my account, but I am 99.9% sure that the Biscoff hit posted after the cut-off time, so I think that the other 12 are what got me to the 12 hit level.

US Airways seems to be stepping it up some this year  and has even sent out an email detailing how many bonus miles you received and how many hits you currently have.  This is based off of how many transactions have posted into your US Airways Dividend Mile account.  Some transactions post more quickly than others, so start there to get an idea of what is being counted and what is not.  While an email count is very helpful, a list of what those hits are would be even better.  🙂

Also, who knows exactly when the cut-off was for the hit count that is stated on the email.  If you have some transactions that posted very close to the time that the bonus miles posted, then don’t worry too much.  Those transactions probably just didn’t make it into your account in time to be counted this go-round.  See what happens when the next “miles sweep” occurs in 12 days.  Here is a list of my most recent hits.

You can always go to my running hit count to see all of my hits, and some tips on how to get them for yourself. 

Hit 21.  e-Miles – free

I have to admit this hit was a little on the annoying side.  Make sure you use an “extra” email address, because most likely you will get a lot more email after you complete this hit than you did before.  The quickest free way to get this hit done as quickly as possible is to register and sign-up with various retailers, so chose the email address you give them selectively.  It took about two weeks of working on this hit to get it done, so don’t wait until the end to get started.  Sign-up using the link from US Airways.  You should end up with about 275 miles after you complete all the initial interest surveys.  You need a minimum of 500 miles to transfer, which I just achieved today.  Once you hit the 500 mile minimum click on the “Deposit Miles” option on the upper right-hand side of the screen.

Once you have successfully selected your transfer program, you will be able to view the status of your request.  I am very excited to be finished with this hit!

Hit 22.  Sharebuilder – free

This is a great hit that I didn’t pay much attention to until very recently.  While the terms and conditions don’t really support it, it seems that if you register for a ING Sharebuilder account, you will get 2,500 US Airways Dividend Miles even if you don’t fund your account or make a trade.  Since it isn’t fully supported by the terms and conditions, do this hit at your our “risk”.  I signed up for my account today.  According to some posts on Flyertalk, it looks like the miles take a week or two to post, so don’t get too worried if they don’t post immediately.  This is another hit you need to be a little patient with.  If it hasn’t appeared after two weeks, then you might want to look a bit closer into things.

Sharebuilder asks you for your Dividend Miles number during the registration process and also pre-fills with a code for US Airways if you link directly from the US Airways site.  It took about 5 minutes to complete the info they want.  I opted to fill in my bank account information “later”, so I stopped right before that step.

Hit 23.  Share miles – $20.38

Since my husband is now playing the Grand Slam (well, since I am now playing his account), I shared 1,000 of my miles with him so that we both could get this hit.  The cost to transfer 1,000 miles is just $10, but there is $30.75 in fees and taxes attached to that transaction, ouch!  It is best to share this transaction with another account that is participating in the Grand Slam so that the cost of the hit is lessened by it counting for two different accounts.  I counted half of the total for my “score sheet” and the other half of the cost will be on my husband’s total.  Good news is the transaction pretty much posted to my account instantly.

Hit 24.  Vinesse Wine Club – $10.70

This is another hit that isn’t exactly 100% within the terms and conditions, so proceed at your own risk.  🙂  However, it seems that purchasing an accessory from the Vinesse Wine Club is counting as a hit.  The cheapest accessory was some $7.95 wine book, but I went for a more useful $9.95 wine cooler accessory.  Who wouldn’t want their white wines chilled faster?  Link from the US Airways site and then you will be taken to a page (see below) that lists some different wine club options.  Scroll to the bottom of that and press the link that says “Vinesse Home”.

Then click on the tab that says “Wine Accessories”.  From there you will be able to select your chosen accessory.  You should be asked for your US Airways DM number at check-out.  The US Airways logo should continue to display on the top of the screen.

Total Cost: If everything works as planned, I should now be at the 24 hit level for an out-of-pocket cost of $202.68.  Just over 200 bucks for some items (mostly useful) and 45,000 bonus miles.  In reality, including the miles earned for the purchases themselves, I have earned well over 50,000 miles from this promo so far – that is a very good return on investment in my book!  I am absolutely now going for at least 32 hits/80,000 miles.


Future Hits: 

All subject to change, but this is the current plan. 

25. e-Rewards – free (assuming I can ever get to $25 worth of credit!)

26. Buy 1,000 Miles ($27)

27. One Day Hertz Car Rental ($20)

28. October Hyatt Stay – no additional expense, already planned

29. November Hyatt Stay – no additional expense, already planned

30. November SPG Stay – no additional expense, already planned

31. November SPG Stay – no additional expense, already planned

32. FTD Purchase ($40)

Back-up hits/push to 36 hits:

Priority Club Transfer

Hyatt Points Transfer

US Airways Club Membership

If my hits 1-32 post without incident (and what are the chances that they all post as they should?), then I may make a couple extra car rentals just to push to 36.  Since you get 20,000 miles going from 32 to 36 hits, it is okay if the hits are a little bit more pricey than some of the earlier hits.  We’ll see what happens!  What is your current plan?

Comments

  1. Glad to hear all of your hits are posting! I decided to give the Grand Slam a shot due to your blog. So far I have completed 12 hits but only 4 have posted so far for 3000 bonus points.
    I am debating whether or not to wait for the rest of my hits to post before moving forward with the promo…

    • @Michael, glad to hear you are playing! Some hits take longer to post than others. So far 13/24 have posted for me. Hang in there!!

  2. Me too! I completed 13 hits but only received 3000 bonus points so far… I’m going to wait and see if the rest of the points post before continuing to work on more hits.

    • @Jenny, some take a little while. See what happens over the next week or so. I bet you will start to see many of the transactions post in you Dividend Miles account. 11 more days and they should award more bonus points. Hang in there!

  3. I just went to the US Airways website — you can check which purchases/etc. posted by going to account and then looking at your statement from Sept 14 to now. So far, 9 of my hits have posted and 10 have not. I have 3 more hits coming in the future, so I need to figure out what my final 2 will be to bring me to the 24 hit total. Probably audience rewards and emiles to 500… Haven’t done super shuttle but might do that too for insurance 🙂 Thanks for keeping me motivated! Love those miles posting to my account!

  4. I signed up for the grand slam, but I didn’t receive my confirmation email for joining until 5 days later. Does that mean that any hits I did before I got confirmation don’t count?

    • @heather, that seems to be a pretty normal lag time. You should be fine, but you can always call and double check if you are worried.

    • @Mark, sadly the checkmark doesn’t seem to mean anything. Some got emails with their hit count (I didn’t), but many are just counting based on what transactions are in their Dividend Miles account.

  5. One free hit that I don’t see a lot of people mentioning is the 21st Century Insurance quote. You don’t have to purchase anything, it takes about 10 minutes to fill out the information and a very annoying phone call they make to you. I haven’t seen my 200 miles post yet, but its only been a week.

    • @chrisb, my understanding of that was that you could get 200 miles from getting the quote, but that you actually had to switch to their interest for the hit – if you find differently, let me know!

    • Cancelled FTD, registered for domain on Netsol and trackitback instead. Think both will be useful. I have 20 hits and not sure whether I want to pay for anything else I don’t need. No hotel stays , hotel transfers or car rental for me. Nothing much left.

  6. When you opened your ShareBuilder account, did it say definitively anywhere that they don’t do a hard credit pull, only a soft pull? “The web” seems to think so (assuming you aren’t applying for a margin account), but it would be great if someone with recent first-hand experience could confirm.

    Thanks for sharing, I am glad I found your blog!

  7. HI, It looks like your cruzin along fine. I have reached somewhat of a stumbling block with e-miles. They didn’t recognize three transactions I did–purchase of The Economist, a donation to The Alzheimer’s Assoc. and purchase of Food and Wine.. They were worth 450 miles when I did them. I had to send copies of confirmations and got all but the Alzheimer’s donation turned into miles; I expect it will be forthcoming but the extra aggrivation should not have occurred. As for E-Rewards–that site is as worthless as a three legged bull. They want a ton of personal information and then say your not qualified or don’t give the reward after you answer the survey. Lots of complaints in the threads on FlyerTalk and I intend to unsubscribe soon.

  8. @Sil, “useful” hits are always a big plus! 20 hits is a pretty good amount. 🙂

    @Ahmed, if you followed the correct steps in registering and making the hits, it is too early to be worried. Just give it a little more time.

    @Alex, it did not definitively say anywhere that I noticed. I am just going on the faith and knowledge of those who went before me. 🙂

    @David, thanks stinks about e-Miles! That sounds very annoying. e-Rewards is not my favorite. I am not even sure if I will ever get to $25 at this rate.

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