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Mid-September has come and gone with no US Airways Grand Slam. In recent weeks and months that many have suspected that was the case, but now it has actually happened. I haven’t seen any statement by US Airways indicating that the promotion is gone forever (in fact they have been extremely silent on the issue), but it certainly isn’t around right now. I really am sad that it isn’t going on since it was such a fun activity for the whole miles and points community (not to mention it was very lucrative for our mileage accounts). I’ll jump for joy if the promo ever returns, but for now it is time to move on and focus on promotions that exist in the here and now.
One of those promotions available right now is double miles on US Airways flights from 9/17 through the end of 2012, if you register for the promotion and pay with a MasterCard. If you use your US Airways MasterCard to pay then it is double elite/preferred qualifying miles for the flights! That is huge – especially for those who are looking to qualify for elite status with US. I will be doing a post soon on whether it makes sense to keep the US Airways MasterCard in light of the lack of a Grand Slam. Promotions like this certainly add some reasons to the “yes” column when making that decision.
You must register and book your flights by 10/31 for travel through 12/31. Hopefully this will help those who were planning to get some elite qualifying miles out of the Grand Slam. I know I would be thrilled if United did something like this!