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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.