Take 2: Buying miles and delivering flowers


This morning I published “The Rube Goldberg approach to buying miles and delivering flowers.”  In that post I listed a slew of 1800Flowers offers that I believed to be stackable.  I even proposed a way to stack all of the deals in order to buy AA miles for only 1.1 cents each (and get free flowers in the process).  I was wrong.  It turns out that you cannot combine free shipping from ShopRunner with promo codes offering airline miles.  I had never tested that particular combination because I had previously paid for the Celebrations Passport program, which offers a year of free shipping from 1800Flowers and its affiliated stores.  Free shipping from Celebrations Passport does stack with mileage promos.

1800Flowers stackable

What promos?

Here are the deals I wrote about in the previous post:

  • Portal rebates (e.g. 32% cash back from iConsumer)
  • Amex Offer (Spend $50, get $15 back: log into your Amex account to enroll in offer)
  • Amex OPEN Savings (Pay with Amex business card, automatically get 5% back)
  • ShopRunner: Free shipping at 1800Flowers
  • Free ShopRunner for Amex cardholders (found here)
  • Airline promo codes:
    • A54: Get 30 AA miles per dollar
    • RR22: Get 1000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points per purchase

What stacks?  What doesn’t?

The Amex offers stack with everything.  As long as you pay with your enrolled Amex cards, you should be able to get cash back from the Amex Offer and/or from Amex OPEN Savings.  Also note that the Spend $50, get $15 offer, does not require the spend to be in a single purchase.  As long as multiple 1800Flowers charges add up to $50 or more, you will qualify for $15 back.

The Free ShopRunner for Amex cardholders offer is an independent offer.  You can get free ShopRunner membership regardless of whether or not you use it with the other deals here.

That leaves us with the following deals:

  • Portal rebates: Cannot be used with airline promo codes.  Maybe they can be used with ShopRunner free shipping.  The latter needs to be tested.
  • ShopRunner: Cannot be used with airline promo codes.  Maybe they can be used with portals (needs testing)
  • Airline promo codes: Cannot be used with portal rebates.  They also cannot be used with ShopRunner free shipping.

Celebrations Passport

1800Flowers sells membership to their Celebrations Passport program for $29.99.  That can pay for itself after just 2 orders since shipping and handling charges tend to be ridiculously high.  And, if you’re interested in indirectly buying miles, as I described this morning, then you definitely need to buy the membership for the prices to work out in your favor.

In recent tests, I was able to earn portal rewards when paying for Celebrations Passport, but I wasn’t able to pay with a gift card.  So, if you want to buy into Celebrations Passport:

  1. Start with a portal, like iConsumer (which is offering 32% cash back through Saturday)
  2. Click through to 1800Flowers
  3. Buy Celebrations Passport for $29.99 and pay with an Amex card enrolled in the Spend $50, get $15 back promotion (after paying for this, you’ll only have to spend $20.01 more to get $15 back).

Celebrations Passport 1800Flowers

Original post updated

I’ve updated the original post to indicate the deals that require Celebration Passport.  You can find the updated post here: The Rube Goldberg approach to buying miles and delivering flowers.

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