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These last two months have sort of flown by! There are only four days left in this year’s US Airways Grand Slam. So far my bonus miles have posted for 32 hits. I am currently sitting just shy of 100,000 US Airways miles and I started this promo with 0 miles in that account. Not too shabby. I’ll review my entire hit list and costs sometime next week, but today I want to focus on how to help you maximize the few remaining days of the Grand Slam.
I am also not going to be going into detail in this post on which items to purchase or things like that – though if you have a question feel free to ask in the comment section. Hopefully another Grand Slam player or myself can help you out. I also highly recommend you checking this great thread on Flyertalk for tons of updated info. You can also check out my Grand Slam hit tally for some guidance on how the hits operate. This close to the end, there are some hits that are more realistic and reliable than others. Let’s break some of those down.
1-800-Flowers, Teleflora, and FTD.com all state that the “Activity date” is the date the flower are delivered, however in practice 1-800-Flowers has been posting often based on the date the order was placed. This is a very important detail since we are so close to the end. However, I would not personally risk a hit on that, because if there were an issue you would have no recourse. If you still want to do a flower hit, I would make sure the delivery date is by Monday. Since that is close in, you may find increased delivery fees, but it is worth checking. In my experience, Teleflora doesn’t charge extra for a same-day delivery, so that may be a good option.
This is a super easy hit that you can still do very inexpensively. AMEX users can use the code 72MMA to take $3 off.
This is another super easy hit. I would get on it if you want this hit though since you can only do one per day. See my Grand Slam Hit tally for coupon codes and info for Hertz rentals.
There is still time for this one since registration is instant. Just join, register a card, then go to a participating restaurant and use that card to make a purchase.
This one is probably still okay to do, but they have been a bit notorious about cancelling orders this year. However, they have usually left the miles in even after cancelling orders, so it may work out.
Buying miles and sharing miles:
Since these transactions are both directly with US Airways, they happen instantly. You can even do these the very last day if you need to. In fact, buying miles will be a back-up hit of mine on the last day if it looks like I need some “insurance”.
US Airways Dividend Shopping:
This one should also still be a good easy hit to complete. Everyone always needs something from Amazon.com!
NetSol is painfully slow in posting hits, but they do seem to post with the correct Activity Date once they do post, so you can still do this hit. Just be aware it probably won’t actually post until January.
Track it Back:
I actually just used this sticker on my new iPhone 4S! Though I certainly hope to never lose that phone – I would be lost! This hit has been pretty reliable, so it could still be a good option.
I think this one has been pretty reliable this year as well, though the miles do only post once per month. Just plan on being a bit patient if you decide to get in on this delicious hit.
I don’t recall hearing any wide-spread issues of activity dates being problematic with hotel transfers, so you should still be good to go on these.
Again, there is a one per day rule, so don’t delay on these if you are still hoping to squeeze a few in. Another important issue to look at is if the hotel uses a check-in or check-out date as the activity date. That is important since you can only get one hotel hit per day, but also important if you are completing a stay on the last day or so. The info below was obtained through this Flyertalk thread. If you are very concerned about the activity date, I recommend double-checking, as I did not read every single page of that 82-page thread.
Hyatt activity date = check-out date
Hilton activity date = check-in date
Marriott activity date = check-out date
Choice = check-in date
Starwood = check-in date
Club Carlson = check-in date
Priority Club = check-out date
Those are the hits I would personally focus on at this time. There are obviously other hits out there, but these have been the more reliable hits, in my experience. This late in the game reliability is very important. If you are new to the Grand Slam (and I know a lot of people are just now getting into it judging by the emails I have been receiving), then check out my Newbie’s Guide to the Grand Slam post to get a basic understanding before you jump in head-first.
I have two more hits to complete this weekend and then I will be done and should hit 36 hits. That will land me enough miles for two off-peak First Class awards to Europe! Woohoo!
What are your last minute hits? Are you doing any “safety” hits?