US Airways Grand Slam 2011

Nov 9, 2011
US Airways Grand Slam 2011
  • The US Airways Grand Slam 2011 Wiki page is a repository of information related to the upcoming promotion as discussed in the US Airways | Dividend Miles forum on milepoint.

    The Help Guide is maintained by milepoint members like yourself. If you find something that needs to be corrected, please do so. And if the Help Guide is missing information, please feel free to add it. Please add an entry to the audit trail at the bottom whenever you make changes.

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    Related threads:
    Grand Slam 2011
    US Airways Grand Slam 2011 Other Partners (Wiki page)

    Reference posts:
    Grand Slam 2010 details (SC Flier)

    Related pages on usairways.com:
    Grand Slam 2011 registration (Now available)
    Official Rules
    Official FAQ
    Official T&Cs
    The Dividend Miles Shopping Mall is just one way to earn one hit. Most other partner links are found on the Partner Promotions and Get Miles pages. From the Get Miles page, the All Partner Offers link is particularly useful. (Not all partners are participating in this promo.)

    Spreadsheets and Tools:
    GS 2010 Spreadsheet (Monkey99) -- for reference
    GS 2011 Spreadsheet v1 (Sean Colahan)
    GS 2011 Spreadsheet v1.6 (silverhalide)

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    Promotion Overview:
    • Register now and start to earn hits September 14. Keep playing through November 14, 2011.
    • Earn up to 110,000 miles with over 130 partners.
    • 71 possible hits.
    • Only activity after registration counts. No exceptions.
    Promotion Tips

    Hotel Stays(Max 6 hits. Repeats allowed. Min 200 miles required to get hit. Cannot have multiple hotel stays on the same day, whether at the same hotel or not.)

    Accor Hotels - Not participating ???
    Best Western
    • Each stay earns a hit (250 miles).
    • Members can get automatic Gold Elite status and earn 1K bonus points with their first stay by joining the BW Ride Rewards program.
    Carlson Hotels (Radisson, Country Inn & Suites, Park Inn, Park Plaza)
    • Each stay earns a hit.
    • Earn 500 miles per stay at all Radisson and Park Plaza hotels worldwide.
    • Earn 250 miles per stay at all Country Inn and Park Inn hotels worldwide.
    Choice Hotels
    • Each stay earns a hit (250 miles). This is one of the cheapest options $/hit.
    • New members can get 1K bonus points with their first stay by joining through a referral from a friend. (SC Flier gives referrals upon request with first name and email address, or see the Information tab on his profile for a referral link that might work.)
    • Book online with your smartphone for 1K bonus points per stay. 10/1/2011 - 11/15/2011. http://www.choicehotels.com/en/mobile
    Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of Brands
    • Miles post as check-in date!
    • Varies based on brand. (Described below.)
    • At Home2 Suites, there is a cap of just 100 miles per stay, so a Home2 Suites stay cannot earn a hit at all.
    • At Hampton and Homewood, you would have to select HHonors Points and Variable Miles and spend $200+ to earn 200+ miles. This same option and spend would work the same way at all other Hilton brands (except Home2).
    • At all other Hilton brands (but not Hampton, Homewood, or Home2), HHonors Points and Fixed Miles is also an option to earn 500 miles per stay. Hampton and Homewood stays on this option earn only 100 miles per stay, so they could not earn a hit with this selection.
    Hyatt
    • Each stay earns a hit (500 miles for all brands).
    Intercontinental Hotels Group
    • 500 miles for InterContinental Hotels
    • 1 - 2 miles per dollar spend, varies for other brands.
    La Quinta
    • Each stay earns a hit (250 miles per stay)
    • GS11 promo: Earn 750 miles per stay through 11/14/2011. (Link)
    Marriott Hotels & Resorts
    • 1 - 2 miles per dollar spend, varies per brand.
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts
    • To enroll in auto-deposit to DM, visit spg.com/moremiles
    • 2 miles per dollar spend. (More for elites and some bonuses.)
    WORLDHOTELS
    • Each stay earns a hit (500 miles).
    Wyndham Hotels Group
    • 500 miles per stay at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and at Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham.
    • 2 miles for every dollar you spend at other brands.
    • Don't miss out on their current promo for double miles (the bonus posts separately, but on the same day) and cash back. www.wyndhamrewards.com/cash/
    • No-shows still earn miles, per WR T&Cs.
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    Car Rentals(Max 6 hits. Repeats allowed. Cannot have multiple car rentals that occur on the same day. Activity date is the pickup date for Alamo, Avis, Hertz, National and Thrifty. Others are unknown.)
    Alamo (Link)
    • Double US DM promo for 500 miles per rental. See post #407.
    • Triple US DM promo for 750 miles per rental. See post #746. Update 9/27/2011: See post #840 regarding some issues (and resolution) with this offer.
    • Alamo Insiders can get weekend rentals for $15 per day. Free to join, but you must register to see the discount rates. It may be necessary to keep the car Saturday night for this rate.
    • Miles post as the pickup date.
    Avis (Link
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    • Airport locations only. Non-airport locations never earn miles.
    • Rent for 3 days or more and receive 3000 bonus miles. Use coupon #MUAA044 and AWD # K024300 when you book. (Link)
    • Miles post as the pickup date.
    • Posting schedule: Miles post to US on 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th of each month.
    Budget (Link)
    • Airport locations only. Non-airport locations never earn miles.
    Dollar (Link
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    • Earn 2,000 bonus miles on Dollar car rentals of any car type when you book for 3 days or more. Use promo code USELT. (Link)
    • Earn triple miles (150 miles per day) on rentals of a compact car or larger vehicle for 2 days or more. Use promo code US10.
    Hertz (Link)
    • If renting from Hertz, be sure to also sign up for their promo for some bonus points. http://goldplus.hertz.com/Register/
    • Get free Hertz #1 Gold Club membership if you register by Sept 30. (Link)
    • Check for weekend rates. HLE locations may be more or less than airport locations, so compare both options. Be aware that many HLE locations close early on weekends or might not be open at all.
    • Non-airport locations also earn miles.
    • Hertz #1 Gold Club members with a verified credit card on file can rent cars without having to have their credit card swiped. New Hertz members would need to complete a first rental in person in order to have their CC swiped and verified.
    • Check US promo codes for Hertz. (Includes double miles and a weekend rate coupon code for $5 off per day, among other discounts.)
    • Car & Driver CDP# 1757580 with PC# 162330 gets $5 off per weekend day, but isn't tied to the US CDP#. It gets only 50 US miles per day, but this CDP's rate is probably lower in most cases. PC# 151336 gets $5 off per day and is valid 7 days/week.
    • Miles post as the pickup date.
    • Posting schedule: Thursdays. Usually within 1 - 2 weeks after rental return.
    • Enroll in Hertz's eReceipts program to get your receipt sent as a PDF within 30 minutes of returning your rental!
    National (Link
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    • Triple US DM promo 2-6 miles per dollar.
    • Triple Dividend Miles (6 miles per US $1 spent instead of the usual 2 miles) plus a One Car Class Upgrade. Request Contract ID 5003226 and Coupon ID NU97. (Link)
    • Miles post as the pickup date.
    Sixt (Link)
    Thrifty (Link)
    • Earn 1,500 bonus miles on a Thrifty car rental of 2 days or more on any car type. Use promo code USPR. (Link)
    • Miles post as the pickup date.
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    Hotel Point Transfers (Max 10 hits. 1 each. Min 850 miles required to get hit.)
    Best Western Rewards
    • 5K points converts to 1K miles.
    • To purchase points: $10 per 1K points. (Available to all members.)
    • TopGuest participant.
    • To transfer points between BWR accounts: From BWR FAQ: "Points can be transferred between accounts that share the same physical address at anytime. To arrange a point transfer, please call a Best Western Rewards® Customer Service team member."
    Choice Privileges
    • 5K points converts to 1K miles.
    • To purchase points: $10 per 1K points. (10% bonus for purchases by 8/31/2011.)
    • TopGuest participant.
    • Credit cards with no annual fee are available with signup bonuses (US/Canada).
    • 1K point referral bonus for new members is available. (A paid stay is required, but that stay can earn miles, IIUC.)
    • A related post for this program.
    • e-Rewards has options for earning points.
    • There's also the possibility of buying a game from Big Fish Games for something like $3 - $5 for 1,500 points (via CP Rewards Mall). "Allow 8 weeks for points to post." (Edited to add: However, this might require a monthly membership. Details are unclear.)
    • From CP program T&Cs: "You must ensure payment for the room and occupy the room in order to receive rewards."
    • From CP program T&Cs: "Guest name must match frequent flyer membership name to earn Airline Rewards."
    • Book online with your smartphone for 1K bonus points per stay. 10/1/2011 - 11/15/2011. http://www.choicehotels.com/en/mobile
    • CP currently has a quadruple points promo for all stays. Combined with a 1K referral promo for new members, it may be possible to earn 5K points with a $100 stay. (Or less for elites.)
    • To transfer, go to the "Redeem Points" section on the Choice Privileges website, and then view the options under "Airline Rewards."
    Club Carlson (Radisson, Country Inn & Suites, Park Inn, Park Plaza)
    • Minimum transfer size to get a hit: 8K points to 1K miles. (2000 Carlson = 250 US, but you must meet the 850 mile minimum for a hit.)
    • To purchase points: Not an option.
    • Targeted offer for some people: 3000 point signup bonus when joining Club Carlson with promo code PPH611. Expired 8/31/2011. Then transfer points into US miles during GS promo.
    • Online booking bonus of 1K points for basic members. 2K-3K for elite members.
    • Points can also be earned from car rental partners with some generous bonuses.
    • Club Carlson has a redemption option in e-Rewards. $25 for 1,000 points, $50 for 2,500, $75 for 4,500. (HT to NewArrival on FT.)
    • There are a couple great offers from Avis and Budget to earn up to 9K Club Carlson points with a rental. (1-day = 750 points. 2-day = 5K, 3-day = 9K.) Details in post #387.
    • From the transfer page: "the last name on a Frequent Flyer account MUST be the same as the name on your Rewards account or your miles will not be awarded."
    • Points may be transferred from one Club Carlson account to another Club Carlson account. From the Club Carlson T&Cs: "A member may transfer ("gift") Points from their account to another Program member account by contacting Member Services."
    Hilton HHonors
    • Minimum transfer size for anyone (non-elite or elite) is 10,000 points to 850 miles.
    • To buy points: Normal cost is $0.0125 per point for under 10,000 points or $0.01 per point for 10,000 or more points. Note that this means you should never, ever buy 8 or 9 thousand points as it'll be cheaper or the same price to buy 10 thousand points. If you have no stays or partner activity, your account must be open for 90 days before you can purchase points. Points should post within 30 minutes.
    • TopGuest participant.
    • 10K points can be transferred to any other HHonors member for $25.
    Hyatt Gold Passport
    • Minimum transfer size for anyone is 5,000 points to 2,000 miles. Normal cost to buy points is $24 per 1,000 points. Through September 30, $24 will get you 1,200 points.
    InterContinental Hotels Group (Priority Club)
    • Minimum transfer size for anyone is 10,000 points to 2,000 miles.
    • It's possible to buy 10,000 points for $60 or 5,000 points for $40 and they post pretty much immediately.
    • TopGuest participant.
    • Points can be transferred from one PC account to any other PC account for a fee: "You may transfer points in 1,000 increments for $5.00 per 1,000 points." (Link)
    • To transfer Choice points to an airline, you must call Choice. You cannot initiate this transfer online.
    • Transfers have been known to be reversed later when names did not match. If the name does not match, it may post to US and then later be reversed.
    La Quinta Returns
    • Minimum transfer size is 6K points to 1K miles. (Members can also transfer 10K points to 2K miles -- an offer not available for their other airline partners.)
    • To buy points: $11 per 1K points. ($66 for 6K points = 1K miles.)
    • Chase Visa card has no annual fee and gives 20K points after first purchase.
    • Guests can earn 10 points per dollar + elite, CC, and other bonuses.
    • Points cannot be transferred from one LQR account to another LQR account.
    Marriott Rewards
    • Minimum transfer size for anyone is 10,000 points to 2,000 miles. Normal cost to buy points is $12.50 per 1,000 points.
    • From MR T&Cs: "Points may also be transferred to your legal spouse or domestic partner at time of reward redemption provided he or she is also a Marriott Rewards member."
    Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)
    • Minimum transfer size to get a hit: for basic members is 2,500 Starpoints, for Golds 1,500 Starpoints, and for Platinums 850 Starpoints (since the Grand Slam minimum is 850 miles to get a hit). 1 Starpoint = 1 mile. There's a 5,000 point bonus per 20,000 Starpoints in a transfer. Transfers should happen in less than two weeks.
    • To buy points: $.035 per point with a 500 point minimum ($17.50/500).
    • To transfer points between SPG accounts: From SPG T&Cs: "You may transfer Starpoints from one Starwood Preferred Guest Account to another Account under specific conditions. Both accounts must have been active and with the same address on each for at least 30 days. Except for SVO members, both members must have the same residential mailing address and cannot be a P.O. Box, APO or SPO address."
    Wyndham Rewards
    • Minimum transfer size for anyone is 8,000 points to 3,200 miles.
    • To buy points: not an option. (Though some people were able to buy them during the Discover America promo.)
    • TopGuest participant.
    • Per T&Cs, members receive points for no-shows if their card is charged.
    • Points cannot be transferred from one WR account to another person's WR account.
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    Credit Cards(1 hit for using each card type)
    • US Airways MasterCard
    • US Airways MasterCard Biz
    • US Airways Visa
    • US Airways Visa Biz Card
    • US Airways Visa Debit Card
    Other Partners/Hits
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    Audit Trail: (Please add an audit trail entry to summarize your changes to this Wiki page.)​
    • Created Wiki page. (SC Flier)
    • Club Carlson - Signup Bonus (mrredskin)
    • Added registration and rule links. Brief notes for promo overview. List of car rental companies. (SC Flier)
    • Added first GS11 spreadsheet to Tools list. Added hotel stay and hotel transfer lists. (SC Flier)
    • Choice Hotels hit info (mrredskin)
    • Added SPG auto-deposit enrollment link, Best Western info, Buy Miles section with 100% bonus. (SC Flier)
    • Added additional hotel transfer details for all the brands. Thanks to Rob's post for some of these! Added hotel stay details. Added all other partners and hit methods. Added links to US webpages of partners and their offers. (SC Flier)
    • Added La Quinta, T&C exclusions/restrictions, T&C's excessively strict new service cancellation policy, removed ADT from partner list. Added additional details for Club Carlson transfer minimum. Points.com 15% bonus promo.(SC Flier)
    • Added CP T&Cs about hotel stays.
    • Added info for Hertz, Choice, Best Western. (SC Flier)
    • Split "other partners" to a separate Wiki page. Reformatted page to use fewer nested lists. (SC Flier)
    • Returned the Promo Overview to the top after accidentally removing it during page cleanup.
    • Added link to official T&Cs, Alamo double miles offer. Added Carlson e-Rewards redemption.
    • Added Avis/Budget promo for Carlson points for transfer.
    • Added La Quinta triple miles promo.
    • Added correction for Hawthorne Suites which also earns 500 miles/stay.
    • Added note that transfers from Choice must be initiated by phone.
    • Added National and Alamo triple miles promos. Added car rental links to usairways.com. Added Alamo Insiders link.
    • Added internal gifting/transfer policies for gifting points from one hotel account to another hotel account. (Carlson, BW, LQR, others.)
    • Added additional car rental offers for bonus miles and upgrades.
    • Choice: if names don't match, transfer to US may get reversed.
    • Corrected transfer instructions for Choice and for Priority Club.
    • Added Choice promo for 1K bonus points for mobile bookings 10/1 - 11/15/2011.
    • Added Hertz eReceipts enrollment link.