Your Strategy Including Total Cost & Miles

Old Sep 20, 11, 3:39 pm
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Your Strategy Including Total Cost & Miles

Plotted out my 2011 strategy / estimated cost today. I was a little worried I might be spending more than 1 cent per mile but looks like it will be about 0.8 cents per mile. EDIT: now under 0.6 cents per mile with cheap "no show" hotel / rental car options (I paid more but figured this list might help others). I don't see a reason to do more than 36 hits (the last 4 hits just aren't worth the extra 10K or EQMs to me). I only counted a cost for things I wouldn't have done outside the grand slam. For example, I already subscribe to netflix, so no cost to put on hold and sign up under a new email. My Ameritrade cost is lost interest on $2500 for 6-9 months (I just plan to park it). I rounded estimated costs to the nearest $5 and ignored trivial miles.

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Hits	Desc			Cost	Miles
1	3 toolbar searches	-	-
1	points.com swap		-	-
1	Dividend Miles Dining	-	-
1	e-Miles			-	500
1	Magazines for Miles	-	(400)
1	Netflix			-	-
1	Thanks Again		-	-
1	Shopping Mall		-	-
1	US credit card		-	-
1	OfficeMax		10	-
1	ShareBuilder		10	2,500
1	SkyMall			15	-
1	Audience Rewards	15	100
1	Biscoff			15	250
1	SuperShuttle		15	50
1	1800Flowers		20	300
1	TrackItBack.com		25	400
1	Network Solutions	25	2,000
1	US debit card		30	3,000
1	share miles (1/2)	20	-
1	buy miles		30	1,000
1	SPG buy / swap		35	1,000
1	FTD.com			35	500
1	TD AMERITRADE		40	5,000
6	rental car		150	300
6	hotel stay		180	1,500
36	Grand Slam Hit Bonus		100,000
				----	--------
				$670	118,000

Last edited by HikerT; Sep 23, 11 at 1:17 am Reason: Found $30 hotel and $25 rental car hits
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Old Sep 20, 11, 5:39 pm
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I will end up around .007/mile.
I did my analysis a little different by assigning values to everything I buy.
Example my office max hit was $14. It was something I would of bought anyway but for no more than $5 making it a $9 hit.
Also I needed the hotel stays but the car rentals are going to be a total waste.
The tricky one for me was valuing my hotel points.
I used the following valuations
Will/Have Transferred:
Choice 5000=$30
Carlson 8000=$40
SPG 850=$17
BW 5000=$25
Wyndham 8000=$38

Will Not
Marriott 10000=$100
Hilton 10000=$50 (Might do anyway)
Hyatt 5000=$75
IHG 10000=$60
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