Maximize Miles for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (Sunday May 11th for those who lost count), and while showing your appreciation to all the moms in your life certainly doesn’t have to be done by buying her something, I know that many do like to buy a thoughtful gift as part of the way to show mom they care.  If you fall into that category, here are some miles and points opportunities to get the most for mileage balances while putting a smile on mom’s face.

United MileagePlus Shopping Has Bonus Miles for Popular ‘Mom’ Retailers:

Aveda 8x

BlueNile 6x

Nordstrom 6x

SpaFinder 6x

Sur La Table 9x  Cook her something in a fancy new pan

United Mother's Day

Other portals have some good payouts on mom-friendly retailers as well, so make sure to use a site like or similar to check the payout for a retailer your ‘mom’ will like.  You can check here to see some of the payouts I summarized earlier this month to give you some ideas, though many may have changed since then.

Lots of Miles for Ordering Flowers:

There are usually lots of opportunities for getting a bunch of miles for a flower order, but here are a few of my favorites.

FTD 30 United miles per dollar + 150 miles

As I’m sure you know, ordering flowers via online sites is often pretty pricey, so if you head to a local grocery store to pick up flowers you can probably save a bunch and pay with a card that earns a bonus at grocery stores to earn a few extra points.  My Amex EveryDay Preferred card is my current grocery store favorite, but there are lots of good options out there!
Use or Give Gift Cards You Bought at a Bonus:
If you give her a gift card, then be sure you bought it with a card that pays out a bonus at a place that sells gift cards.  For example, the Ink Bold or Ink Plus cards pay out 5x at office supply stores, and those stores often carry gift cards to lots of different retailers.  The Chase Freedom has a 5x bonus at Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores currently, and (surprisingly) Lowe’s also has a huge selection of retailer gift cards that many moms might enjoy.  If you don’t want to give her a gift card, you can still buy the gift card at a bonus and then use it yourself at the retail store to buy her something she will like.
Give Her a Travel Related Gift:
Assuming the mom in your life likes to travel, you could consider giving her a travel related gift.  My husband gave me an early Mother’s Day present of a new Rimowa carry-on bag since the carry-on I had (and loved) had started getting nailed by the United Baggage Sizer Police.  It made boarding the plane stressful at times not knowing whether or not I was going to get nailed for it being slightly larger than the official sizer, so it was a very nice gift that will reduce stress while traveling.  This was a very extravagant Mother’s Day gift compared to what we normally do, but it was very much appreciated.  Instead of a physical gift, you could also consider giving her a travel related surprise such as a ‘staycation’ at a nearby hotel using points or a free annual night that comes with a credit card.
The Hyatt Market Street (shown above) is a Category 4 Hyatt near us that would be perfect for a relaxing night away using an annual Hyatt Credit Card Category 1-4 certificate.  Think through whether there is a similar opportunity in your area, if that is something that might be appreciated in your family.  Seriously who doesn’t love sleeping in, getting served breakfast, and not having to clean up for a night?!
A handmade card, a hug, and perhaps home-cooked breakfast breakfast in bed are all great Mother’s Day presents, but if you are going to open up your wallet, make sure you get the most out of it!


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    • Lorinda, yes thanks for letting me know. It is supposed to be updating in the near future (today I believe) so a new link that works should be back soon.

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