The spectacular margins on online flower purchases mean that FTD, 1-800-Flowers, Teleflora, and similar outfits are willing to offer significant kickbacks to savvy consumers on their purchases. I once earned 100 Delta miles per dollar at 1-800-Flowers. Even the standard ‘better’ offers represent a less expensive way to buy miles than making a mileage purchase from an airline website much of the time.
Mommy Points illustrates that the current AAdvantage offer of 1500 American miles for any order at FTD lets you buy miles at two and a quarter cents apiece (if you make the least expensive purchase FTD offers), which is less than American’s buy miles price — and you get a free teddy bear.
She thinks you should then donate the bears to “Homeless shelters, Child Advocacy Centers, Child Protective Services offices, family violence shelters, etc.”
I think you should do that for the tax deduction, reducing your effective cost per mile further.
Here are some other useful flowers offers:
- 30 American miles per dollar at FTD, plus an additional 200 miles per order for Citibank American Airlines co-branded credit card holders
- 30 United miles per dollar plus 250 miles per order at FTD
- 1-800-Flowers has been offering 40 Delta miles per dollar with promo code 52DE. The offer didn’t list an expiration date, I haven’t verified if it’s still alive or not.