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Shopping Portal Bonuses on Mother’s Day Flowers

by on May 9, 2013 · 9 comments

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Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, and if you still haven’t gotten dear old mom a gift from our handy list, there’s still time to order her some lovely flowers – and rack up a lot of points in the process.

Get bonuses of up to 30 miles per dollar at FTD this mother's day.

Get bonuses of up to 30 miles per dollar at FTD this mother’s day.

Flower vendors such as FTD and 1-800-FLOWERS know that this time of year is their bread and butter, so they contract with shopping portals to offer tons of bonus points per dollar spent on flower and other gift purchases. So even if you’re looking for a last-minute bouquet, you should still be able to get hundreds or even thousands of points for your purchase. Here’s a quick roundup of the bonuses being offered.

I always check EVReward.com first because it generally has an accurate picture of the bonuses being offered, but it’s not always complete, so if you find that a merchant is offering bonuses through one or several shopping portals but not the credit card, airline or hotel one you’re looking to accrue points in, it’s still worth double checking your preferred portal first before buying through another.
Here’s a roundup of the major portals, and then below you’ll find the bonuses at three major flower distributors, before I look at a couple of individual portals and bonuses both on flowers and a few other Mother’s Day Specials.

Air Canada: Aeroplan EStore
American: AAdvantageEshopping.com
Amtrak: Amtrak Guest Rewards
British Airways: BA Miles Estore
Chase: Ultimate Rewards Shopping
Choice Rewards: Choice Privileges Mall
Citi: Thank You Shopping
Delta: Skymilesshopping.com
Discover: ShopDiscover
Frontier: Early Returns Mall
Hawaiian Airlines: Hawaiian Airlines eMarket
Hilton HHonors: Hilton HHonors Shop to Earn Mall
Marriott Rewards: Shop My Way
Mastercard: Mastercard Marketplace
Priority Club: Priority Club Shopping
Southwest: Rapid Rewards Shopping
United: Mileageplusshopping.com
US Airways: Dividend Miles Shopping Mall
Virgin Atlantic: ShopsAway
Visa: Visa Offers (these are discounts not points-earning)

Check EV Reward first to get a snapshot of the bonuses out there.

Check EV Reward first to get a snapshot of the bonuses out there.

FTD.com
FTD.com is a great flowers and gifts (chocolates, jewelry) clearing house that has tons of choices in a lot of different price ranges, and it has made some aggressive deals with shopping portals that put spending bonuses in the range of 30 miles or points per dollar at many of them.

Ultimate Rewards: 15 points per dollar
American Airlines 30 miles per dollar
Delta: 6 miles per dollar
Hilton HHonors: 30 points per dollar or 3,000 bonus points per purchase
JetBlue: 20 points per dollar
Marriott Rewards: 10 points per dollar
Priority Club: 20 points per dollar
United: 30 miles per dollar

Although 15 points per dollar might seem like less than 30 miles per dollar, the versatility of Ultimate Rewards points means that this would probably be the offer I take advantage of if I choose FTD.com for my Mother’s Day purchases. Not only can you transfer them to British Airways, Korean Air, Southwest, Virgin Atlantic and United (if you are going to transfer to United, better to get the 30 miles per dollar), as well as Hyatt, Priority Club, Marriott and Amtrak, plus you can use Ultimate Rewards’ Pay With Points to pay for travel outright at a rate of 1.25 cents per point if you have the Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold or Ink plus, so you’re getting at least an 18.75% return on your spending.

1-800-FLOWERS
Another big seller around this time of year, 1-800-FLOWERS also offers some larger-than-usual spending bonuses. Right now you can find the following:

American: 8 miles per dollar
Delta: 5 miles per dollar
Marriott; 13 points per dollar

Teleflora
Another great flower ordering service that’s also offering bonuses at several portals including:

Ultimate Rewards: 15 points per dollar
American: 9 miles per dollar
Delta: 6 miles per dollar
Marriott: 7 points per dollar
Priority Club: 10 points per dollar
Southwest 7 points per dollar

1-800-BASKETS
Another great way to send a gift to mom, and one that is also offering bonuses:

Ultimate Rewards: 10 points per dollar
American: 9 miles per dollar
Amtrak: 9 points per dollar
Delta: 6 miles per dollar
Hilton: 4 points per dollar
Marriott: 7 points per dollar
Priority Club: 10 points per dollar
Southwest: 7 points per dollar

And then in general, it’s worth checking your portal for Mother’s Day deals because many are offering special bonuses through May 12 or 13.

For example, American’s special Mother’s Day offers include the following among others:
FTD.com: 30 miles per dollar
ProFlowers: 18 miles per dollar
Shari’s Berries and Cherry Moon: 9 miles per dollar
1-800-FLOWERS: 8 miles per dollar
Body Shop: 8 miles per dollar
Avon: 6 miles per dollar
GiftBaskets.com: 4 miles per dollar

Delta‘s Mother’s Day specials include:
FromYouFlowers: 7 miles per dollar
1-800-BASKETS: 6 miles per dollar
FTD: 6 miles per dollar, there is also an offer for 2,000 bonus SkyMiles 
Proflowers and Teleflora: 6 miles per dollar
1-800-FLOWERS: 5 miles per dollar

United is offering Mother's Day bonuses on lots of purchases this year.

United is offering Mother’s Day bonuses on lots of purchases this year.

United’s special Mother’s Day Deals include:
Neiman Marcus: 6 miles per dollar
Perfumania: 6 miles per dollar
Shoes.com: 10 miles per dollar
Sephora: 3 miles per dollar
Nordstrom: 2 miles per dollar
Zagat Wine: 4 miles per dollar
QVC: 2 miles per dollar

Southwest’s portal has the following Mother’s Day specials:
Shari’s Berries: 14 points per dollar
Godiva: 8 points per dollar
Sephora: 8 points per dollar
1-800-BASKETS: 7 points per dollar
Teleflora: 7 points per dollar
Blue Nile: 6 points per dollar
Crabtree & Evelyn: 5 points per dollar

The Ultimate Rewards portal is offering the following bonuses among others:
FTD: 15 points per dollar
ProFlowers: 15 points per dollar
Shari’s Berries: 15 points per dollar
Teleflora: 15 points per dollar
1-800-BASKETS: 10 points per dollar
Crabtree & Evelyn: 8 points per dollar
Godiva: 7 points per dollar
Lancome: 6 points per dollar

So it’s always a good idea to go directly to your shopping portal of choice and seeing what specials are being advertised on the homepage, as well as searching for the particular merchant you’re interested in to see what spending bonuses might be available before making your purchase.

Just take note of when these offers expire – some of them as early as May 10 (Friday!) – to make sure that your mom gets her gift and you get your bonus points!

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  • John

    Do you really value UR at nearly 2x AA or UA miles? I can understand some premium for the flexibility but I don’t think I’d ever use that type of valuation. The only way I’d consider that is if I am VERY rich in AA and UA miles. I forget your cpm estimates but I imagine if you ran it through those models, you would not pick UA.

    The few other things to note are:
    (1) These companies are notorious for terrible service / deliveries on the bigger holidays (I’ve been burned 3 times) and if you want to waste 10 minutes, read FTD’s facebook page on Valentine’s day
    (2) Shipping charges and tax are normally not counted toward bonus points … and shipping charges can make up to 25% during the peak periods.
    (3) The pricing is sometimes better by going direct through the website and forgoing the higher points earning opportunities. Meaning the same arrangement can cost $20 more on the site when referred through a shopping portal vs not.

    As alluring as 30 pts/$ sounds, I’ve found it best to just find a local florist near where I need flowers delivered. Better pricing, better quality, and more reliable.

  • John

    *I meant “you would not pick UR” in the first para

  • MCB

    TPG~Delta still has a FTD offer for 2000 miles per order: http://www.ftd.com/delta2000
    Some good choices for about $20 + S/H.

  • Thrifty Tourist

    Don’t forget your can use the Home Improvement Gift Card at 1-800-Flowers & other Mother’s Day retailers to get 5x more points when you buy the card using Ink Bold/Plus at office supply stores. Use the gift card after logging into your portal of choice.

  • Brooks

    It’s easy to get sucked into spending more on flowers because of the points. I took John’s advice above and looked at local florists. Because many are associated with the big florists, they are probably the ones who end up creating and delivering the bouquet anyway. I compared the prices on the same arrangement — to keep it simple, just tulips. Buying the “standard” tulips from the local, Teleflora network florist totaled $43 all in, compared to the same tulips from the Teleflora site for $64. On top of that, there are lots of discount codes floating around, so the difference was really $64 – $43 – discount ($10 in this case). Buying basically the same arrangement from a local florist meant saving $31 but losing out on ~600 UR points or maybe a slightly better deal somewhere else. I’d rather save the $31 and buy 1600 US Airways miles with their current promo.

  • Andre LaPlume

    You need to compare the same site using two different browsers. I’ve had no problems with ProFlowers or Kabloom (which was terrific, or so I am told).

  • http://www.corywright.org/ Cory Wright

    I just placed an $80 order with FTD.com to get the 30 AAdvantage points per dollar. I signed up for an account on ftd.com, added my AA information, then placed my order. After placing the order and not seeing any mention of the points per dollar, I called them. They informed me that because I bought a Mother’s Day item that was on special, that I was not eligible to earn the AA points for the order. I probably won’t order again from FTD after this bait and switch.

  • hansmast

    Check the sites’ prices before going through the shopping portal. Often they show higher prices when coming from a portal.

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