Every Valentine’s Day shopping portal offers get pretty big for Valentine’s-related gifts like flowers. It’s been true almost forever.
The usual ‘big boost’ is earning 30 miles per dollar, which is a pretty good rebate for miles often worth about 1.5 cents apiece (a 45% rebate on the base price of flowers, but not really that big when you factor shipping which doesn’t earn miles).
That should tell you something about the margins on flowers, you may get a better deal through a local florist, and none of these deals are good enough that you want to be buying flowers just for the miles.
Although you’re getting miles for what many airlines sell them for when there’s no bonus or discount running and you get flowers. In other words you need to value the flowers for this to make sense. But if you’re going to send flowers ‘the easy way’ you might as well get big miles for doing so.
- American AAdvantage: 30 miles per dollar at FTD
- United MileagePlus: 30 miles per dollar at either FTD or 1-800-Flowers
- Delta SkyMiles: 30 miles per dollar at FTD
- Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles: 30 miles per dollar at 1-800-Flowers
In addition Southwest Airlines has a flat 1000 Rapid Rewards points for spending $29.99 or more (plus shipping) at 1-800-Flowers. That’s a pretty good $14 rebate especially if you can keep your total cost as close to $30 as possible.