Mother’s Day is around the corner, and what better way to honor the woman who brought you into the world than buying her flowers and getting a bunch of extra miles?
We’re joking. Moms are great and deserve praise 365 days a year (or 366 this leap year). But if you are buying flowers this Mother’s Day, shopping portals for all the major airlines, Rakuten (formerly known as eBates) and even Chase Ultimate Rewards are offering up to 30 points for every $1 spent at several flower delivery sites like FTD.com and 1-800-Flowers.
You could also use a cashback program like Rakuten (formerly known as eBates) to earn 15% to 20% cashback on your purchase. But if you’ve got a card that earns American Express Membership Rewards points, that gets even better. Rakuten recently started allowing all members to earn Amex points instead of cashback. So this purchase would earn 15x Membership Rewards points per dollar you spend.
And through May 11, new Rakuten members can earn even more. First, sign up for Rakuten if you haven’t already. you’ll earn an additional $30 bonus after completing your first purchase of at least $30. This is a limited time offer and you can read our full post on this here. Full disclosure: We also get a bonus, so we appreciate it if you use our link!
Regardless of which shopping portal you choose, there are a ton of extra points and miles to be earned. On a $40 floral arrangement, 30x airline miles means 1,200 miles to your favorite airline – or $15 to $20 cashback. So while your toughest choice will be between roses and lilies, the second hardest will be where to credit your bonus miles.
How It Works
The easiest way to pile up miles and points is through credit card signup bonuses. However, shopping portals offer an easy way to keep adding to your stash through purchases you are already making.
Most airlines and several major banks run their own shopping portal, offering bonus points for every dollar you spend at specific online retailers and merchants. These bonus rates are always shifting, so it’s a good thing to keep track of or check in on when you’re getting ready to make a purchase.
CashbackMonitor.com is a great resource to compare the best point returns between different programs for your purchases. Pull up the flower delivery service FTD.com, and you’ll see 30x points across the board for the major domestic airlines.
I use FTD all the time when I need to order flowers. It’s a seamless service that works directly with local florists to deliver arrangements.
Just beware: Depending on where the flowers are being delivered, your order can come with a substantial service charge. Mine this year was an extra $25.99. These fees don’t accrue the bonus points.
If you haven’t signed up for an individual airline’s shopping portal, you’ll need to register with your frequent flyer account.
Read: Use Online Shopping Portals to Earn More Points and Miles to get started.
Finally, the points and miles you earn through the portals are in addition to the points and miles you earn on the credit card used to pay for the transaction.
Shopping portals are a great way to earn some extra points and miles, whether you’re buying flowers for mom or something for yourself, it pays to run those purchases through a portal. And earning up to 30x points for flowers is no exception. Just make sure to visit CashBackMonitor.com first to get started