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Lots of happenings in the last few days in the US Airways Grand Slam world. Some is good news, some not as good. Let’s start with the good:
US Airways Grand Slam Good News:
- There was an unexpected bonus mileage sweep done today, so check your account to see how many bonus miles you have racked up so far! This was just expected to happen every two weeks, so who knows if weekly sweeps can now be expected or if this was just a “fluke”.
- My Hertz car rental transaction (finally!) posted after two weeks. I was getting nervous because the rental was in my husband’s name, but had my US Airways Dividend Miles number on it. We do share they same last name and it posted just fine to my account. I can’t guarantee that will work for you, but it did for me. It can be a good way to earn car rental hits for spouses who don’t want to actually go to the car rental location themselves. My husband and I are both doing Hertz rentals tomorrow (in our own names this time) for less than $19 each all-in. I hate wasting money that way, but we both need that hit. Lord, I sound like a junkie. When you rent with Hertz, try using CDP (Counter Discount Program – in this case the American Express Platinum card discount program) #211762 and PC (Promotional Code) 162330. Thanks to HikerT and infamousdx for that tip! You can enter both when you make your reservation. While I actually have the Amex Platinum card, rumor is the CDP Platinum code often works even if you don’t posses the Platinum card. The coupon code is valid for rentals picked up after noon on Thursday – midnight on Saturday. If you use those codes and make the reservation for one day (or less), the total often comes to around $20 or less.
- Most of my other transactions are starting to trickle in to my Dividend Miles account as well. There have not yet been any wide-spread reports of “foul balls” (ie hits that are failing for large numbers of people) that I have read on Flyertalk, Milepoint, or other blogs that are following the Grand Slam. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it will stay that way.
US Airways Grand Slam Bad News:
- Today the price of buying miles directly from US Airways went up from $0.0275 per mile to $.035 cents per mile. To purchase the minimum number of miles required for a Grand Slam hit (1,000 miles), the cost has gone from $29.56 to $37.63. That takes that hit from the “fairly-pricey” range to the “pretty-pricey” range in my book. What is worse, for those who buy lots of miles from US Airways, this price increase will really impact the value of that purchase. For example, if you wanted to buy 50,000 miles, the cost just went from $1478.13 to $1,881.25! While I have never considered buying miles in large quantities for those kinds of rates, it can be a good deal when they have their 100% bonus and you get 100,000 miles for just under $1500. If you are using your miles for international First/Business tickets, obtaining the tickets by buying miles is often much cheaper than actually buying the ticket. Crazy, but true. Still way out of my price range though.
- There is at least one report of the Super Shuttle hit from the Phoenix Airport to the Aloft hotel not posting due to the transaction being ineligible since the rider didn’t actually ride the shuttle. I wouldn’t get overly concerned based off of one report, but it is worth mentioning. We did this transaction for my husband’s account earlier in the week, so we’ll see if it goes through. I think those hits have been mainly posting on Fridays.
Just as an update, I am now playing the Grand Slam on my husband’s US Airways account and have found a way to get 16 transactions/hits that should bring in over 25,000 miles for less than $80. They are all hits that you can replicate (ie not transferring tons of hotel points or counting transactions for hotel stays from work). That is a domestic round-trip airline ticket for under $80! Simply an amazing value. In fact, for many families I think that the best strategy may be just getting as many accounts as you desire to the 16 hit level. I will share the list of hits that we did to get 16 hits for $80 in the very near future.
Also, a reader is going to have three subscriptions to Sunset Magazine (thanks to the Grand Slam) that she doesn’t need. If you know anyone who would like a complimentary subscription to Sunset Magazine, let me know and I will pass the info along to her. Thanks so much to Faith for offering this.
I’d love an update of how the Grand Slam is going for you!