Ok, I just ordered some Gardenia’s for my honey for Valentine’s Day (don’t tell her!), and the majority of the reason is because I love and cherish her…but I also couldn’t resist getting some points and miles out of it! I’m going to describe a quintuple dip while using 1-800-flowers, but there are some preconditions to achieving this one:
-You must have an Amex card that is synced to the 1-800-flowers deal ($15 credit when spending $50).
-You must have this same Amex linked to Plink.
-You must be going through the AAdvantage shopping portal and be going towards the Feel the Love promotion (any of the shopping portals are fine, but otherwise it’s just a quadruple dip).
Ok, here’s what you do: Make sure your Amex is synced with the 1-800-flowers promo, and make sure it’s set up to link to your Plink account. Go through the AAdvantage portal, because up until 2/21 they’re running the Feel The Love promotion, which is bonus points for spend.
I’m only going for the 500 bonus miles, and spending $50 on flowers will get me only $100 away from those bonus miles. Plus, since the AAdvantage portal is offering 8 points/$, I’ll be getting 400 AA points.
It’s not the best earning potential – many of the cashback sites have high percentage returns, and Barclaycard gets 9 pts/$, but I highly value AA miles, especially with the bonus. If I get the 400 points from the portal, and the 500 bonus miles, that’s 900 miles, which at my personal valuation of 2 cents/mile, equals $18 (some might not value them that highly, but you can do at least that high for international travel).
Pick something at just over $50 total – I hit mine just right with having it shipped the day after:
Shipping was originally $14.99 for delivery on the 19th, but that would’ve been short of the Amex sync offer. When I changed it to the 15th, the day after Valentine’s Day, it shot up to $20.98, making the total $50.97…almost perfect!
Now, here’s where to make the bulk of your points back – Southwest is running a promo where you get 1,750 Rapid Rewards points if you spend at least $29.99 on 1-800-flowers.com (HT to MMS!). You have to enter the promo code RR42 and your Southwest member number:
After you’ve entered that and applied the promo code, you pay with your Amex that is synced to the 1-800-flowers offer and is linked to Plink.
So, in summary, here’s what we’ve gotten:
400 AA points from shopping portal
500 AA points from spending $150 before 2/21 (I only have $99 to go!)
1,750 Southwest Rapid Rewards points, worth ~$29 (1,750 Southwest points x 1.67 cents per Southwest point before March 31st)
$15 back from your Amex sync offer
350 Plink points, worth $3.50
Valuing the AA points at 2 cents/mile (assuming I spend $99 through the AA portal before 2/21), and adding everything up, I calculate my return at $65.50! Even if I miss the 500 bonus AA miles, I hit $55.50, more than I paid for it! Booyah!