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Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is only three weeks away? I know I was a bit shocked when I started getting emails today alerting me to the fact that I only have three weeks left to order flowers for Valentine’s Day. Ha ha. Admittedly this “holiday” isn’t usually one that is marked by much fanfare in my family, but with C being little we will probably make some Valentine’s cards for her friends at school. However, the real point of this post is to make sure that you keep an eye out for the big miles and points bonuses that often are attached to buying flowers through shopping portals this time of year.
As I mentioned, I got my first such email today from Delta SkyMiles. They are offering 40 miles per dollar spent at 1-800-Flowers and 1-800-Baskets. You can click here to take advantage of this deal or you can call and use code 52DE.
After a brief search, it appears that Delta currently has the highest offer, but since I know not everyone places a high value on SkyMiles, here are a few other current options:
- American Express Membership Rewards: 10x for 1-800-Flowers and FTD
- Chase Ultimate Rewards: 15x for ProFlowers, 15X for KaBloom, 15X for 1-800-Flowers, and 10x for FTD
- United MileagePlus Shopping: 30x for FTD, 7x for KaBloom
- AAdvantage eShopping: 15x for FTD, 10x for Teleflora, and 9x for ProFlowers
- Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping: 10x for Kabloom, 7x for TeleFlora
- Citi ThankYou: 15x Kabloom, 10x for ProFlowers
That is by no means an all-inclusive list, but it should give you an idea of what is currently available. You can also use a site like evreward.com to compare different offers for any particular retailer. If I were to order today I would probably do the United MileagePlus 30x FTD offer myself, but my real advice is to hold off if you can. I bet that more offers will come out as we get closer to February 14th. Flowers are traditionally one of the highest miles/points per dollar purchases you can make through these portals (which certainly tells you something about the mark-up on flowers). Be careful to not pay more for your flowers just for the sake of earning miles and points. Sometimes you can’t get access to the best prices if you are earning miles. At 40x per dollar, it may be worth it, but do the math to be sure.
If you are going to surprise someone with flowers, you might as well surprise your miles and points account with a little boost in the process. 😉 We very well may buy some flowers for our Little Bug this year for Valentine’s Day. If we do, you can bet that we will be shopping around for a portal that gives us as many miles as possible for that purchase!