I have pretty much run out of very cheap hits. I have a few hotel stays that are already planned that will help. I don’t consider those money spent for the intents and purposes of this promotion.
17. Netflix subscription. Cost: $48. I have Netflix on and off (depending what promotions are available) and now is a better time than any to get back on. You must keep subscription accounts open until May 14, 2012.
18. Teleflora. Cost: $44.98. I ordered the Make-A-Wish standard bouquet for $29.99 + shipping. Joann should enjoy some nice flowers.
19. Network Solutions. Cost: $37.98. Complete throwaway as I don’t need email management. As per this post on FlyerTalk, you can get this hit even cheaper at $26.
20. Hertz rental. Cost: $29.03. During my lunch hour on Friday, I’m going to a Hertz Local Edition right across the highway to rent a car and return it. Hopefully I can explain the situation to the agent and he or she can just process the paperwork without me ever stepping foot in the car. Otherwise, I’ll just go grab lunch nearby and return the car.
I have 2 hotel stays (including one 3-night Hyatt stay that will also get me 5,000 Hyatt bonus points) so that will make 22 total hits. I will need 2 more to get to my goal of 24 hits and 45,000 bonus miles.
e-Rewards is a ‘free’ hit for answering surveys but I am not so sure I’ll make the 500 miles (minimum to transfer) before the promo is up.
Luckily, I live right outside NYC and have lots of friends there, too. I am planning on hitting a Hertz location that rents hourly. Some FlyerTalkers are saying that the final cost with taxes and fees for 1 hour car rental will be around $15-20. That is a very affordable hit and if I find myself in NYC in the next few months, you can be sure I’ll be taking full advantage of this hit machine.
I will keep everyone updated with my plans and of course any tips I dig up. I still have to do some number crunching to see whether I want to push for 24 hits or just stop at 20 hits. I hope all of you are going hard (but cheap) with this promo. Great way to score some Star Alliance miles!