117,166 US Air Miles for $636 Thanks To The 2010 US Airways Grand Slam

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117,166 US Air Miles for $636 Thanks To The 2010 US Airways Grand Slam

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US Air Grand Slam

US Air Grand Slam
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. 

The promotion runs from September 14 to November 14, 2011, and though the registration form is live, only registrations after September 1, 2011 will qualify (or so the Terms and Conditions say).

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?

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hi daraius,

i had a question in regards to your remark about paying for hotel stays without checking in. How do you go about doing this for the Radisson 50,000 point promotion? I was thinking about booking a stay with this but do not actually want to “stay” there if you know what I mean. tks again

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@Charles – You can check in and go up to your room and then leave without checking out since most hotels will automatically check you out. Wyndham is the only hotel which gives you credit for no-shows so you don’t even have to check-in – just call the Wyndham customer center later!

where does it say you need to earn 200 dividend miles in a hotel stay to be a hit? the offical information states you can earn hits from stasys at hampton inns as part of the hilton group. I know that hampton only gives you 100 dividend miles. Sounds funny as the offical list of hilton hotels in the program includes hampton. thanks for your help

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@bruce Check this thread out. You would have to spend $200 to get a hit from Hampton.

Hi All,

I’m new to this process. I am going to try to get 40 hits to get the 10,000 PQMs as I will have 90,000-ish PGMs this year and the extra miles would make it worth it to get the Chairman status. A few things I’m a bit clueless about though.

1. For the hotel stays – for Wyndham Hotel program I had a stay last week and they automatically enrolled me for the hotel points but not the USairways miles (although when I booked it online they did ask for my USairways number) do you get the hit for the hotel stay in this case?

2. I don;t have too many hotel points. I have5 hotel stays coming up with work – is there any hotel that is better than others in terms of getting the hotel points and the hit for the hotel stay?

3. For the Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ownership hit – does a stay count? We stayed there last week and I did pay for it but I’m not sure if they want a new ownership (waste of money BTW).



@Amod, when you register for Dividend Miles Dining you provide them the credit card you want to earn miles with, it does not have to be a US Air Credit Card. With the 1-800-Flowers, be sure to follow the link from US Air website and it will ask you for your Dividend Miles account number before you finish your checkout.

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@amod jain – The silver status is not lifetime status. The 40,000 mile card is a good deal – not only will you get a hit, but the card is great since there is no annual fee for the 1st year or minimum spending.

@Larry – Thanks for helping out!

Playing the game this year but if they make it any harder or more expensive next year I’ll probably just save the money for a 100% share promo.

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