US Airways is having their annual Grand Slam Promotion, where you can earn up to 100,000 bonus miles by completing up to 36 “hits.” You earn a “hit” when you complete one qualifying activity with qualifying partners listed on their website.
The promotion runs between September 1 and November 14, 2010, so yeah, I’m a little late posting this. But you can still get quite a few hits in!
I’m aiming for 12 or 16 hits. After that, it gets a little pricey & time-consuming for me since I’d have to start renting rental cars and/or staying at cheap hotels.
So far, I’ve gotten 8 hits and and I’ve only spent $1.69!
This is the first year that I could easily do 8-10 items right off the bat at little to no cost, because I’m now a member of multiple hotel frequent guest programs. For example, if you’re a Starwood Preferred Guest member, you can transfer 2,500 Starpoints to 2,500 US miles, and that counts as a hit.
I think everyone in AZ can easily get 4,000 miles for less than $2. Some states have to work a bit harder, because you can’t get the free auto insurance quotes from Sentry and 21st Century.
Here’s how to get an easy 4 hits (4,000 bonus miles):
- First, sign up for the promotion here.
- Sign up for e-miles and redeem 500 e-miles for 500 US DM. E-miles is a lot like MyPoints. You get a few e-miles for each offer that you view, and a lot more e-miles for offers you actually complete. It took me only a week to accumulate 500 e-miles. You start out with something like 300 miles just for signing up. Just make sure when you sign up and fill out those surveys that you check ALL THE BOXES. Say you are interested in EVERYTHING. This gives you more earning opportunities, and the faster you will earn your 500 miles. I got a couple of high point offers I was interested in (like a free photo book from vistaprint, just pay shipping), but I chose to sign up for a free trial credit report from freecreditscore.com (I just had to cancel within 9 days to not get charged). That offer got me 200 miles and enough to cash out.
- Buy a song from iTunes through the Dividend Miles Shopping Mall. This cost me $1.29 (technically it was free, because I had credit already in my iTunes account). If you don’t have iTunes, then you can donate $2 to plant a tree through Gaiam. Go to the Dividend Miles Shopping Mall –> Gaiam –> Search “Go Zero Plant-a-Tree Charitable Contribution.”
- Request an auto insurance quote through 21st Century Insurance. In addition to your “hit,” you’ll get 200 miles for requesting a free quote online. If you actually like the quote, you can get another 2,000 miles for switching to 21st Century.
- Request an auto insurance quote from Sentry Insurance. You have to fill out the online form and request a phone call. This offer is only available to residents of AZ, CO, IL, IN, KS, MN, OH, TN and WI.
Other Cheap, Easy Hits
- If you have ~400 US Airways miles to spare, you can order a magazine and get a qualifying hit. Hint: There’s an even better selection over here, and it still counts as a hit. I need another magazine subscription like I need a shot in the foot, but hey, it’s a free hit!
- You can purchase a Restaurant.com certificate through the Thanks Again network. There are frequent 80% off codes for Restaurant.com(just google them), which would make a $10 certificate cost less than a buck.
- If you’re a member of points.com, and you have a few extra US Airways miles, you can sign up for an S&H Greenpoints account and make the following swap: 53DM -> 18 GP -> 1 DM. This is reported to be much faster than the way I tried (to transfer 20 AA –> 2 Asia Miles –> 1 DM), which I wouldn’t recommend.
- Join the US Airways Dividend Miles Dining program and purchase a cheap drink or something at a participating restaurant.
If you’re interested, you can see the spreadsheet I created, which outlines my 8 hits so far and my total cost per mile. I’ll be updating it as I go along. You can also get a good idea of how long it takes for items to post (some have a much longer lead time than others). For most items it’s the date you make the transaction that matters, not the date the miles actually post.