May 8th, 2012

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you haven’t gotten Mom something already, here’s your chance to get her some lovely flowers and gifts…and earn some extra points (as well as brownie points) all at the same time. Flowers are insanely expensive and there’s a huge markup, so shop around for the best price. Though if you are going to bite the bullet and get flowers anyway, you might as well bank some miles and points. There are lots of deals out there, but here are some of my favorites. Feel free to share any you have found.

Flowers
Delta:
35 miles per dollar with 1-800-FLOWERS
American
:
30 miles per dollar with FTD.com
United:
30 miles per dollar with FTD.com
US Airways: 25 miles per dollar with Teleflora
25% Off with an Amex card with FTD.com (I don’t believe this can be stacked with other mileage earning)
20% Off with a Visa card with FTD.com (I don’t believe this can be stacked with other mileage earning)

I’d rather have 30+ miles per dollar, but some may prefer to save cash

Retail
Southwest: 14 points per dollar
on Shari’s Berries
United: 1,500 miles with first $50 purchase
at Gilt Groupe and 5 miles per dollar spent for the first 6 months.
British Airways: 12 Avios per dollar spent at  CafePress. Great if you are interested in making Mom a custom item + 30% off with offer code AFF30
British Airways: 12 Avios per dollar spent at Zazzle, the online custom greeting card site, plus 50% off 2 day shipping with code MOMSMOMMENTS
Chase Ultimate Rewards: 7 points per dollar spent at Nordstrom

Wine Club
Up to 6,500 United Miles for a Vinesse Wine Club Membership.

Free Miles
500 US Airways miles when you download the Dividend Miles Storefront Toolbar and conduct one search (though if you don’t need the points now it might make sense to wait for this fall’s Grand Slam)

Chase Freedom®

It's a stellar Cash Back card on its own, but when paired with the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Freedom's 5x Category Bonuses let you rack up Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, transferrable to partners or redeemable via the portal.

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More Things to Know
  • Earn a $150 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening
  • Earn 5% cash back on up to $1,500 in combined purchases in bonus categories each quarter you activate
  • Unlimited 1% cash back on all other purchases — it's automatic
  • 0% Intro APR for 15 months from account opening on purchases and balance transfers, then a variable APR of 15.49-24.24%. Balance transfer fee is 5% of the amount transferred, $5 minimum
  • Enjoy new 5% categories every 3 months
  • Cash Back rewards do not expire as long as your account is open
  • No annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
0% for 15 months
Regular APR
15.49%-24.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0
Balance Transfer Fee
5.00%
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

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