Originally Posted by grinch26
I failed to participate in the 2011 Grand Slam. I followed this thread closely before the program officially started, but I then found myself simply overwhelmed by the number of earning opportunities and the time required. Congratulations to those of you who participated and earned miles and EQMs through Grand Slam. I hope to join you in 2012.
I played for the first time and it was a bit intimidating.
The plan I devised helped break it down into manageable chunks.
Pre GS prep
Make sure I have hotel programs topped off
Look at programed travel and determine if I need to chrun rooms and rental cars.
Make sure my surveys are all up to date.
Once it starts:
1st: I bought miles to prime the pump (my account was at zero miles)
2nd: go after the "free" miles. Get a magazine, transfer from hotel programs, etc
3rd: Assess what I needed anyway from online stores, then buy it. I bought ink cartridges.
4th. Make sure to find a restaurant that takes part in the dining program. I did this on the road and expensed the cost.