US Air Grand Slam
The US Air Grand Slam starts on September 14, 2011, and is one of the cheapest ways to earn miles.
Last year, I earned 117,166 US Air Dividend Miles from the US Air Grand Slam for an incremental cost of $636 or 0.54 cents per mile. This is one of the lowest rates at which I’ve earned miles, besides free credit card sign-up bonuses.
If you are not familiar with the US Air Grand Slam promotion, you earn “hits” for every activity you complete from the list, and multiples of 4 “hits” earn you bonus miles. The bonus points keep on increasing as you progress towards 40 hits.
More importantly, I had only 1 paid hotel stay from work during this time, but I was still able to complete the promotion on my own dime.
I booked shuttle buses in Dallas, paid for motel stays where I never checked in, ordered magazines I didn’t need, and rented cars which I never drove. I also ordered lots of stuff I didn’t really need such as cheap wine, supplements, and wireless accessories.
Just to get the “hits!”
Unfortunately, the rules have been tightened this year, and there are minimum amounts needed for partner activity such as hotel stays and transfers. You now have to earn at least:
- 850 Dividend Miles via hotel transfers
- 200 Dividend Miles via hotel stays
This means that it will likely be more expensive to get 100,000 Dividend Miles for 36 hits this year from the US Air Grand Slam. You can earn 110,000 miles if you are a US Air elite member, but I’m going to assume that most readers are not US Air elite members.
Deals We Like has compiled a list of the 2011 US Air Grand Slam hits. There are 71 opportunities for hits, but our task is to choose the least costly ones.
I’ll keep you posted as I play and together we’ll map out the cheapest and most efficient way to earn miles. Even if you don’t want to go for the big prize, you can still end up with a few thousand miles for virtually no cost.
Be warned, though, playing the US Air Grand Slam takes time and it is frustrating when miles don’t post to your account. But to me that’s a small price to pay for Big Travel with Small Money. Lucky might be on to something when he says that it may be more efficient to just buy the miles from US Air directly!
What do you think? Is it worth playing or is it better to just buying US Air miles? Did you play last year?