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I’ve been so focused on my husband’s Grand Slam action recently, that I have honestly forgotten where exactly I stand with my own hits. So, I decided that tonight is the night to catch up on my own GS 2011 action. I’ve pretty much completed most of the easy hits where I just order things online, so I am now primarily completing hotel stays and rental car transactions. My hotel stays are all stays that I would have had with or without the Grand Slam, but the car rental transactions are all for my love of the “game”!
Sadly, I have all but given up on e-Rewards as a hit for this year. I haven’t received a new survey in weeks. I would love for that to change, but I am now not counting on that hit. Hopefully I will have it in place for next year. I can see how the Grand Slam is much simpler if you have been planning some in the months leading up to it. Here are the hits I have been working on recently. If you are interested, here is my entire hit tally to date.
Hit 25. Hertz Car Rental $20.00
I used CDP (Counter Discount Program – in this case the American Express Platinum card discount program) #211762 and PC (Promotional Code) 162330. I scheduled the rental for one hour, but didn’t actually take the car off the lot. The manager thinks my husband and I are hilarious for doing this, but she is happy to do her part to help. It was super simple and the miles posted within a week.
Hit 26. Hyatt Hotel Stay (already planned)
I had a stay a hotel stay for my day job at a Hyatt. I told them at check-in that I wanted to earn US Airways miles instead of Hyatt Gold Passport points. At check-out I checked my bill and it didn’t indicate that I was earning US Airways miles, so I had them add it again and print out a new receipt showing that the miles from my stay were credited to US Airways.
Hit 27. Hertz Car Rental $20.00
Technically I am doing this hit tomorrow, but it is close enough. 🙂 I am doing the same thing that I did for hit 25. It really pains me to be not getting any use out of these rental cars, but with a kiddo it is just easier to not take the car than it would be to deal with moving car seats and driving the other car home. Simple is better in this household!
All subject to change, but this is the current plan.
28. Buy 1,000 Miles ($37) – I keep waiting to see if there will be any bonus sale on miles, but I will buy them before the Grand Slam ends one way or another.
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)
If all of those hits post as planned, I will have to decide whether to go for 36 hits. Right now I am about 50/50 on stopping at 32 or going for 36. I could do three more Hertz rentals at $20, but would still need one more hit. I will have maxed out the car rental and hotel stays at that point. If US Airways Club Membership went on discount, that would be a no-brainer for me, but that is looking less likely. I could transfer 5,000 Hyatt points, but I value them so highly I don’t really want to do that unless there really is no other option. I guess I could do Teleflora for the 36th hit, but it is a rather pricey hit.
Hit Posting Update:
I just updated my running tally with the dates that my hits posted. Other than the most recent car rental and Hyatt stay, all of my hits have posted except for Network Solutions. That hit was reported to be extremely slow in posting last year, and there are no reports of anyone having this hit post yet this year. I currently have 24 hits posted. Hopefully I will get “paid” for all 24 in the next payout sweep!
What would you do in my case? Stop at 32 or push for 36? I would hate to get stuck at 34 or 35, so if I go for 36, I want to make sure that I am going to make it all the way there. Either way, I am thrilled with how the Grand Slam has gone thus far.