The Continental mileage mall is offering 25 miles per dollar plus 100 miles per order for shopping at 1-800-Flowers.com through May 10 (with promo code CNT67.
If you have a Continental Mastercard (even if you don’t pay for the purchase with a Continental Mastercard) you earn double points on shopping through the Continental portal. That makes this offer 50 miles per dollar plus 200 miles.
Meanwhile, FTD.com is offering 30 American Airlines miles per dollar.
Sadly shipping charges don’t earn miles.
Now, these lucrative mileage offers should tell you something. The markup on these flowers is ginormous. But it’s sure easy and convenient to send flowers this way, and if you have any business gifts to give you’re really giving something to a client or prospect and to yourself. Hah!
These offers aren’t as good as the 100 Delta miles per dollar offered by 1-800-Flowers for two days at the end of 2003, or the 70 US Airways miles per dollar you could have earned with FTD during the 2009 Holiday Shopping Big Bonus (if you purchased from 5 different US Airways mall vendors but made no more than 10 purchases total). But they’re still pretty good.
If you have a Continental Mastercard, it’s cheaper to buy Continental miles by sending flowers than it is to buy miles. With American, it’s roughly a break-even proposition. And of course you do get the flowers! Of course miles don’t post as quickly, and buying miles except to top off towards an award is rarely a good value. But considering that I buy miles every day at two cents apiece just by virtue of using a mileage earning credit card rather than a 2% cash back card, I suppose I should be willing to buy miles from Continental via 1-800-Flowers in some quantity. And get flowers thrown in for free.