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Sending flowers can be a great way to earn alot of miles, in some case making it almost cheaper to earn miles through floral deliveries than purchasing via the airline website. But as some readers have pointed out in the comments on my last post, the shipping charges and fees add up.

Right now you can earn 30 American AAdvantage miles at 1-800Flowers, which comes in at  3.3 cents a mile. Once you add in taxes and fees though, a $50 bouquet suddenly becomes $69 and the cost per mile suddenly becomes 4.6 cents a mile. So not bad, but not a terribly good deal either.

But if you could get rid of that $14.99 service fee, then you’re buying miles for the same or less than the airline’s websites and getting free flowers! 1-800Flowers’ Passport program let’s you do just that.

1800flowers passport free shipping

I experimented with it last year, spending $29.99 upfront to get 12 months of free or discounted shipping. (Orders placed within two days of delivery are charged a nominal fee of ~$5). It also applies to purchases made on any of their sites, including 1-800Baskets, Cheryl’s Cookie Gifts, The Popcorn Factory, and Fannie May!

1800flowers passport free shipping partners

And the best part is, the discount is applied when you log in and doesn’t conflict with the airline’s shopping portal code, so you’re still earning miles! The $50 bouquet, now $53 with tax, is getting me miles for 3.5 cents a mile, plus the flowers!

If you send flowers more than twice a year and like to earn airlines or points, I highly encourage you to consider signing up for Passport. For a listing of current mileage offers on 1-800Flowers, see my previous post.

Note: If you purchase a Passport membership using the links above, Jeanne & I might receive affiliate credit. Do not use our links to purchase flowers or you’ll lose out on the airline miles!


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  1. Jenny

    February 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Note there’s an Amex Sync possibility: spend $50 and get $15 statement credit. I bought flowers and a Passport, and received the $15 credit, plus free shipping (because of the Passport), as well as the shopping portal bonus.

    • Keri Anderson

      February 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Nice! And if you purchase with an AMEX business card you get 5% rebate on 1-800Flowers purchases too.

  2. Dan

    February 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Good Catch Jenny. Forgot about checking amex sync offers. Looks like the best option for me.

  3. Milesmath

    February 3, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Don’t forget Plink and you can also buy gift cards that can be resold $0.60 on the dollar back to Cardpool, effectively bringing the cost of miles down to zero.

    • Keri Anderson

      February 3, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      I know gift cards (in general) qualify to earn miles on some sites and not others, so just make sure to check the terms & conditions before buying!

  4. DJ

    February 3, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    can you explain this –
    “And the best part is, the discount is applied when you log in and doesn’t conflict with the airline’s shopping portal code, so you’re still earning miles! ”

    What does it mean by conflicting with airlines portal code?

    • Jeanne Marie Hoffman

      February 3, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      Sometimes the flowers website will only let you go through one portal or apply one promo code.

      For example, when I use ShopRunner to get free shipping with ProFlowers, I can’t go through the portal. I can’t get them both to apply at once and need to figure out which is the better deal.

      This deal allows you to take advantage of two promos at once.

  5. Jenny

    February 4, 2014 at 2:50 am

    Note, too, that Southwest has 1,750 mile bonus for orders of $29.99 and more, not through the shopping portal, but through a link on the Rapid Rewards home page, once you sign in.

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  7. Jamie

    February 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    I just ordered some flowers and the passport program was discounted by $10 (presumably related to the fact that we have just passed valentine’s day). So, it was $19.99.

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