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. But if you are buying flowers this Mother’s Day, shopping portals for all the major airlines and 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.
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On a $40 arrangement, 30x points means 1,200 miles to your favored airline – or $12 back. So while your toughest choice will be between roses and lilies, the second hardest will be which airline 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. And Chase is in the mix too if you hold one of the Sapphire or Freedom credit cards.
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. 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. Here’s a set of links to each portal: Delta SkyMiles Shopping, United MileagePlus Shopping, American AAdvantage eShopping.
If Chase is your go-to, you need only log in to your Ultimate Rewards account and click “Earn Bonus Points” to get to the shopping portal.
Thrifty Tip: 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. You do not have to use an affiliated credit card through the affiliated portal. This allows you to work towards spend requirements for signup bonuses, stack category multipliers, or even utilize gift cards. Use whatever card you want!
When you’re ready to order, search for FTD.com and click through to the store. Your bonus points should post within a few days of your purchase.
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.
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