Buy Bears or Flowers and Earn 1,500 American Miles (2.23 cents each)

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I ordered some flowers the other day as a little “thank you” present for someone, and as a result I had to make the “difficult” decision of choosing between lots of great flower miles and points bonuses.  Flower orders are insanely marked up, and as a result you can often get some great mileage bonuses when you have to order them.  When giving flowers to someone locally, I typically save a ton of cash and just buy them in a store myself.  However, these flowers were not staying local, so I ordered them online through FTD.com and earned 30 United miles per dollar plus 250 bonus miles.  For a roughly $40 flower order (pre-tax and shipping), that came to 1,450 miles.  Since I personally need United miles more than American miles, I went with that offer.

However, if you are a fan of American miles there is a deal right now through July 4th that is worth considering if you want to place an order with FTD.  They are currently running a promotion that awards 1,500 American miles for any order (assuming it isn’t for a sale item or anything else ruled out by the terms and conditions).  The orders seem to start at $19.99 and the lowest shipping fee I could find was $10.99.  In my state that comes to $33.45 all-in.  For that price you can select from a few different bears, Godiva chocolate, some fruit, and a potted rose plant.

I love the idea I saw in the comments section of the Frugal Travel Guy’s site today that suggested ordering teddy bears and donating them.  Homeless shelters, Child Advocacy Centers, Child Protective Services offices, family violence shelters, etc. are often all happy to get donations of new stuffed animals to share with children going through very tough times.  Obviously there are cheaper places to buy bears to donate, but if you happen to end up with a bear you don’t need, there are good homes for them.  I also like the idea of donating the potted flowers to a nursing home or other similar facility.  Naturally, you could also send the gift to someone you were planning to give a gift to anyway!

I’m not the type to buy a ton of miles at 2.23 cents each on a whim, but if you are close to an award threshold, or are interested in placing an inexpensive FTD order anyway, now is a good time to do it.  This is cheaper than the regular selling price of miles from American Airlines.

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  1. Donate the bears to charity and then take the tax deduction, your cost per mile is even lower provided you itemize your deductions…

  2. citi charges cash advance fee on using citi card onpaypal/williampaid?
    will CITI charge you any cash advance fee for using citi AA visa card to send money on paypal or pay rent using williampaid?
    i know williampaid charge you 2.95% on using credit card

  3. Do you know what else I can do with the club carlson 88k points we get for staying at country inn other than redeeming it for CC hotel stay within 2 yrs?

    Can the club carlson points be transfered to airline miles or something?
    I still haven’t booked hotel rooms yet but if i do, it will just for the points for any future use.

    my wife and i can book a night each and then i can transfer my 44k to her account without any fee to make hers 88k?
    thanks

  4. few questions please
    I have a total of 60k flying club miles from my recent BOA virgin atlantic card. I saw the $90 annual fee on the card which is a bit high on a card that’s miles is not useful like ADVANTAGE or United miles. I got this card about a month ago.
    If I cancel this card, will they waive the $90 fee or the $90 annual fee will remain BALANCE DUE even if I close the card?
    Will the points be lost if the card is closed?

    I heared the the best use of the flying club miles is to transfer to HILTON without fees and we can get 120k hilton points?
    I checked hilton and most of their hotels at any cities or dates have NO AWARD AVAILABILITY and the ones that accepts points for booking needs 40k points or more for a night at $130 room. so we don’t get more than 3 nights at average 2 or 3 star hilton hotels with the 120k hilton points. Is this still a best use of the 60k flying club miles?
    thanks

  5. I always order flowers on FTD.com. The only problem is, I ended up receiveing the flowers from my local florist which has a really bad service AND products even after several complains, same person/place delivery. Well, at least on FTD I get the miles….

  6. MP – Do AA elites still get the standard 100 bonus miles/order with this offer? If so, that knocks down the price/mile slightly (to about 2.09 cents in your scenario):)

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