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For the past few weeks I’ve been getting ambushed with emails, tweets, banner ads, and flyers reminding me that “VALENTINES DAY IS FRIDAY!!” and I should “SEND FLOWERS!!!”
Just look at a search of “Valentine’s Day” in my inbox:
Now, I think I’ve sent flowers maybe four times in my life (all of which were to my mother, I think), so clearly I’m
depressingly single not the target customer here, but for those of you who are looking to have flowers delivered for Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d run through which of these offers might actually be worthwhile.
From the outset, it’s worth noting the pricing and quality of flowers will nearly always be better locally. So in most cases you’re going to be better off going to your local flower shop, or even your nearest supermarket.
If you go the supermarket route, don’t forget to use your Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, or Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express to maximize the points on your purchase!
If your Valentine isn’t local, there are some decent offers from internet florists as well.
As Gary mentioned a few weeks ago, FTD.com has several offers that will give you bonus miles:
- Earn 30 American AAdvantage miles per $1 spent plus an additional 250 miles for Citi AAdvantage card members
- Earn 30 United MileagePlus miles per $1 spent plus 250 bonus miles
- Earn 35 Delta Skymiles per $1 on Valentines Day flowers and gifts
However, if you have a small business credit card from American Express, don’t forget that the OPEN Savings program offers 5% cashback from 1-800-Flowers.
So you could use your American Express small business card to double-dip with the following mileage promotions:
- Earn 30 American AAdvantage miles per $1 on Valentine’s flowers and gifts with 1800Flowers.com
- Earn 30 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles per $1 with promo code AKA3
- Earn 25 US Airways Dividend Miles per $1 spent
In terms of which OPEN card to use, I think the two best small business credit cards from American Express are Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express and The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN, depending on whether you need Starpoints or Membership Rewards points, so would probably go with one of those.
It is worth noting that the prices seem to be a bit higher when going through one of the mileage-earning links, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for that. All of the above links give you the mileage bonus by applying a coupon code for Valentines Day flowers, which means you can’t “stack” coupons with bonus miles.
However, if you have access to the Ultimate Rewards Mall through your Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card or Ink Plus® Business Credit Card, you can use a coupon code in addition to earning Ultimate Rewards points.
Alternatively, Amazon.com is now offering fresh flowers, and they ship for free using Amazon Prime.
This is an even better deal for those who took advantage of the Amex Sync offers in December, as this would be a great way to use some of those gift cards.
If you don’t have Amazon credit burning a hole in your pocket, you could always pick up some gift cards at your local supermarket to get those bonus points.
Again, I’m not an expert, but the prices seem competitive, and avoiding the hefty shipping surcharges that most online florists charge is a huge win.
Anyways, I hope that helps those of you who haven’t ordered Valentine’s gifts yet. None of these are exceptionally great prices for flowers, or amazing values for procuring miles, but if you’re going to be ordering flowers anyway it makes sense to get the best deal you can!