Time for Part 2 in my series about preparing for a potential 2012 US Airways Grand Slam. I did not prepare in advance for last year’s Grand Slam and still earned about 120,000 miles from the promo (and that was just counting my account), so while preparation isn’t necessary, it can make the Grand Slam a bit less expensive and a bit easier. To learn more about the Grand Slam, or to catch up on Part 1 about hotel point preparation, go here. The 2011 US Airways Grand Slam had a requirement to keep all subscriptions that counted as a hit active until at least May 14th 2012, six months from the end of the promo on 11/14/11. Some such subscriptions included newspapers, Netflix, wine subscription services, and more. Failure to keep the subscriptions active until the six month mark reportedly could result in a reversal of the hit – and thus a reversal of the miles. This requirement was presumably in place so that people would not “subscribe” to something just for the hit only to cancel it days later. Though none of us would do that – right?!
So, today’s 2012 preparation tip is pretty short – since the May 14th 6-month requirement has passed, go ahead and cancel any subscriptions for the 2011 Grand Slam that you don’t actually want for the long haul. I didn’t get any subscriptions for last year’s Grand Slam, but I know many others did. Not only will you save some money by not continuing with a service that you didn’t actually desire to have forever, but you will increase the chances that you could subscribe for the service again for this year’s Grand Slam and get the hit. I can’t guarantee that will work for all of the retailers, for example Netflix keeps pretty good track of sign-ups, so not everyone has been successful in double-dipping with them (though some have). However, odds are that a double-tip from 2011 and 2012 will work for some companies. Of course, we have no idea what a Grand Slam would look like this year, but it makes sense to be ready.