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Show love and earn up to 30 miles per dollar on Valentine’s Day purchases

Feb. 07, 2022
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Valentine’s Day: Love it or hate it, it’s upon us. Whether you are spoiling a significant other, a friend, your kids or yourself, it’s an opportunity to pick up some extra miles while making someone smile.

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Earn up to 30 miles per dollar on flowers

If you need to order flowers online to have them delivered (instead of popping into a local flower shop or grocery store), you can rack up to 30 miles per dollar by clicking to the major flower websites via one of the links below.

And remember, if you are ramping up in anticipation of American Airlines’ new Loyalty Points program, you could be earning 30 miles per dollar in progress towards your next elite status level with these offers. In other words: $100 worth of flowers would earn 3,000 base miles, which is 10% of the way to AAdvantage Gold status.

  • FTD: Earn 30 American Airlines miles per dollar through this promo
  • FTD: Earn 20 United MileagePlus miles per dollar
  • FTD: Earn 20 Delta SkyMiles per dollar
  • FTD: Earn 15 Membership Rewards points (or 15% cash back) per dollar via Rakuten
  • 1-800-Flowers: Earn 30 United miles per dollar
  • 1-800-Flowers: Earn 7 Southwest Rapid Rewards points per dollar
  • 1-800-Flowers: Earn 20 Membership Rewards points (or 25% cash back) per dollar via Rakuten

There are also several of these companies featured in some current Amex Offers, so it may be possible to save some cash while earning miles if you add those offers to your card and use it for the order. For example, my Amex cards have an offer a $20 statement credit for a single purchase of $35 or more online at Telaflora.

Just be sure and read the fine print, as some Amex Offers now require you to use a specific purchase link, which would negate earning miles through a shopping portal.

(Photo by Thomas Barwick/Getty Images)

Earn points ordering out

If flowers aren’t on the menu this year, maybe a meal out is the trick.

If a dinner out (or picking up to dine at home) is on your Feb. 14 agenda, make sure you bring along a card that will award you some bonus miles or special perks when eating out. Perhaps you can even lean on your Platinum Card® from American Express to score access to a private yurt-type dinner like Zach Honig did last year in NYC via the Amex and Resy partnership.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Another interesting option to earn or use points on a nice, romantic meal is Chase Dining.

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Those with a Chase Sapphire Reserve can earn 10 points per dollar on the bookings made via the Chase platform or redeem points at 1.5 cents each for mouth-watering meals that can be enjoyed out in the world, or sometimes even while you stay cozy in your home.

(Screenshot courtesy of Chase)

Some great options to maximize your dining out or to-go orders include 4 points per dollar at restaurants with the American Express® Gold Card (plus, takeout and delivery in the U.S.), 3 points per dollar with the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or a whopping 5 points per dollar with the Citi Prestige® Card (no longer open to new applicants). Be sure to enroll in an airline dining program to earn bonus points at participating restaurants too.

And if you are planning a special meal at home, remember that lots of top-notch spots that didn’t traditionally offer a to-go pack on Valentine’s Day may have one available this year.

The information for the Citi Prestige card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Expert stacking: How I earned $80 in cash back and rewards from one dinner

Earn points on class valentine cards

If you have young kids exchanging Valentine’s Day cards at school, it’s time to get those ordered.

Sure, you can pick up a box of cards with cartoon characters on them at the grocery store for a couple of bucks but if you want to look like an overachiever without doing a bunch of extra work you can order personalized cards online.

If you go that route and shop on Minted.com, you can currently earn 3% back from TopCashBack.

If you want to get crafty, you can pick up red and pink art supplies at a drugstore and earn 3% cash back (3 points) per dollar by paying with your Chase Freedom Flex.

Image by Elizabethsalleebauer / Getty Images

Earn miles shopping for gifts

If you buy your Valentine (or yourself) “something nice,” you can pick up some extra miles by clicking through an online shopping portal. As always, you can spot the highest payouts for the retailer of your choice by going to cashbackmonitor.com, but here are some current examples.

  • Stitch Fix: 25 AAdvantage miles per dollar on first styling fee
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 4% cash back with Top Cash Back — and use your up to $50 Amex Platinum statement credit (enrollment required).
  • Godiva: 7.5 Amex Membership Rewards points per dollar from Rakuten
  • Rimowa: 3 AAdvantage miles per dollar
(Photo courtesy of Rimowa)

Two-for-one business class to Europe

Normally I vastly prefer using miles to cash to fly business class, but if you’re out of miles at the moment, the French business-class airline, La Compagnie, has a Valentine’s themed two-for-one deal on its routes that include:

  • New York City (EWR) to Milan (MXP) for $2,800 round-trip, with two tickets included.
  • New York City (EWR) to Paris (ORY) and Nice (NCE) for $3,000 round-trip, with two tickets included

Playing with the booking calendar, it looks like the prices really vary by date, so check different dates to find the best all-in price.

Bottom line

Even if you don’t normally count down the days until Valentine’s Day each year, you can still turn those chocolates, flowers, cards and more into points, miles or cash rewards.

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Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023