The best ways to earn rewards when ordering flowers for Mother’s Day
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With Mother’s Day 2020 right around the corner, here are some of the best ways you can celebrate Mom at a safe social distance while earning some bonus points for a future trip to visit her.
Shopping portal mistake story: My free shipping promo cost me 30,000 bonus miles
The megabrand of the floral delivery industry is 1-800-FLOWERS. Its online ordering platform offers bouquets shipped from a network of corporate- and franchise-owned floral shops across the nation. You aren’t limited to blooms alone: You can also purchase gift baskets and gourmet foods or even a giant teddy bear through the site’s partners.
This retailer offers some of the best cash-back or points- and miles-earning potential this season, even if some other retailers are offering slightly higher bonuses. You’ll earn up to 20% cash back, 15 miles or 10 Chase points to the dollar on every purchase, and you can also double-dip on earning potential by stacking some of these bonuses with other promotions such as the American Express offer of $15 off $50 or the Membership Rewards version which offers 1,500 MR points on a purchase.
These are the current deals as of publishing time:
The highest earning rates come from:
- Top Cashback and Mr. Rebates: 20% cash back/dollar.
- United and American: 15 miles/dollar, worth 13% (United) or 14% (American) by current TPG valuations.
- Chase Freedom: 10 points/dollar, worth 20% by current TPG valuations. Note that you must pay with this card in addition to shopping through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal in order to qualify for this bonus. (No longer open to new applicants)
The information for the Chase Freedom has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Stack your earnings by paying with:
- Amex offer: $15 off $50, or 1,500 Membership Rewards per purchase, as first reported by Frequent Miler.
- Chase offer: 10% back on up to $120.
- Dosh: 15% cash back when you purchase with a linked credit card. You don’t have to place your order through the app; just make sure the card you use is already linked to your Dosh account.
- United MileagePlus X app: 5 miles/dollar when you purchase a gift card, worth 6.5% back by current TPG valuations. You can load up your purchase on the website, purchase a gift card on your phone within the MPX app, then use that digital gift card toward your purchase and still earn your shopping portal bonus.
If your flower recipient cares about the environment, The Bouqs is a great brand. This Shark Tank success story brings the “farm to table” concept from food to flowers, eliminating middlemen whenever possible to bring eco-friendly blooms to your door as quickly as possible at the lowest ethical price point.
Highest earning rates:
- Amex offer: $20 off of $65 or more — pay with the targeted credit card to redeem this offer.
You can earn a whopping 30% cash back on FTD floral orders through Rakuten.com through May 11. Mileage earnings are equally generous: 30 miles per dollar through United, Delta and AA, respectively, up from the standard 20 miles/dollar. You’ll also earn 12 points per dollar by paying with the Chase Freedom or the BarclayCard RewardsBoost.
Shop directly with local florists
The best way to support your (or your mother’s) community is by shopping directly from a local florist. You can call directly to place an order. If you prefer an online retail experience, Farmgirl Flowers can help you buy a floral arrangement that’s unique, sustainable and ethical. Better yet, you’re supporting a woman-owned small business when you purchase from this brand.
Unfortunately for the points-and-miles fanatics among us, the earning bonuses on purchases from independent businesses tend to be slim to nonexistent, which makes sense when you consider that every extra bonus comes from the pockets of the small-business owners. In these situations, your best bet is to use a credit card that earns bonus miles or points on every dollar you spend, regardless of category.
Our current favorite cards for everyday spending include:
- Chase Freedom Unlimited®
- Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
- Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American Express
- The Blue Business® Plus Credit Card from American Express
- Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card
- Citi® Double Cash Card
- Chase Ink Business Unlimited Credit Card
- Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express
The information for the Amex EveryDay Preferred 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.
Rules of thumb for Shopping Portals
Pause! Before you click that checkout button, take a quick skim through our guide to maximizing online shopping portals to make sure you understand all the hidden rules. If you’re a shopping portal newbie, here are some quick guidelines to keep in mind:
- You must click through the link on the portal’s site and then make a purchase from the page that pops up. Don’t navigate away and come back later; you may miss out on the bonus. Some sites also won’t offer you rewards for any items that are already in your online “shopping cart” before clicking through the affiliate link.
- Make sure your browser’s cookies are enabled for the retailer’s site. This is what allows the portal to “track” your purchases and award bonuses accordingly.
- Be sure to read the restrictions for each merchant. Many won’t count gift cards as eligible purchases for earning bonuses; others will exclude certain products.
- Don’t use any coupon codes that aren’t found on the affiliate shopping site of your choice. Most partner sites have rules against using coupons, promotional codes and other discounts that aren’t explicitly mentioned on their site.
- Remember to use a travel rewards credit card that offers the best earning rate on your purchase. Most of these merchants don’t fall into the traditional bonus categories, so you’ll probably want to stick with a card that’s good for everyday purchases.
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Featured photo by Katherine Fan for The Points Guy.
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