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Finding the perfect gift for mom starts from your favorite airline or hotel portal. You can earn points or miles in double digits per dollar spent with hundreds of retail partners. You’ll find that 1-800- Flowers, FTD, and Teleflora are on the list along with Godiva, Saks Fifth Ave and Neiman Marcus. Plus you’ll see many many more of your favorite online retailers.
Although you may choose to use any credit card when you pay through a portal, it makes a lot more sense to earn even more points or miles by using your airline or hotel credit card and it’s corresponding portal. For example, if you use the Citi®/AAdvantage® Platinum Select® MasterCard® you can earn double AAdvantage® miles by shopping on the American Airlines portal.
If you’re like us and belong to dozens of airline and hotel loyalty programs, you may want to focus on the portal where you can earn the most points. Point Savvy recommends that you visit EVReward.com or CashbackMonitor.com to find out where you can earn the most for your Mother’s Day gift. EVReward.com simply tells you the bonuses offered through each shopping portal, for a given retailer, along with how many miles or points per dollar spent will be earned. If your shopping strategy is to find the best deal along with earning the most points this is definitely the place to start for online shopping.
Flowers are the number one gift to give to mom.
For Mother’s Day you may want to send flowers. We took a look at the three main flower retailers to view their best point earning offers that you can view on EVReward.com.
Rush of Color Assorted Tulip Bouquet Starting at $39.99
- American Airlines: 30 miles per dollar spent- 1200 Miles
- Delta: 35 SkyMiles per dollar spent
- Ultimate Rewards: 10 points per dollar spent
- Marriott Rewards: 15 points per dollar spent
Assorted Tulips, 30 Stems. Sale $34.99-$43.39
- American Airlines: 9 miles per dollar spent- 396 Miles
- Southwest Rapid Rewards: 7 points per dollar spent
- Marriott Rewards: 4 points per dollar spent
30 Multi-Colored Tulips – $44.97
- American Airlines: 15 miles per dollar spent- 675 Miles
- Marriott Rewards: 13 points per dollar spent
- Ultimate Rewards: 10 points per dollar spent
By shopping online through EVRewards.com, we not only find the best value in point earning, but also can compare similar flower bouquets and research overall value. FTD.com has the best flower arrangement hands down. Plus you will earn 200% more miles with American Airlines and it is the least expensive in price.
Buying the perfect gift may mean staying loyal to your brand.
Living in a airline’s hub city can automatically translate into being a very loyal airline flyer. For us here in Baltimore, that airline is Southwest, and we always want to earn as many Southwest Rapid Rewards points as possible. With that in mind, it makes sense to shop through Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping®. This Mother’s Day is no different. We want to make mom happy while racking up miles so that we can fly for free.
You’ll find many different categories on the Rapid Rewards Shopping website other than flowers. You can shop at major retailers for handbags, chocolate, perfume and so much more. Not only are you earning Rapid Rewards points but you’ll also be shopping directly on websites like Sephora®, AT&T Wireless®, Saks Fifth Avenue®, Neiman Marcus®, and many others.
For even more value, you can double dip and maximize your savings. For example, if you are a member of Sephora’s Beauty Insider Club® you’ll not only get all of those airline miles from Southwest, you’ll also earn valuable points from Sephora that quickly add up to discounts and savings directly from them. What’s more, there is no time lost by going to your airline or hotel website first. You will see the retailer you are looking for, and then easily click thru directly to the retailer’s website.
AT&T Wireless is where Rapid Rewards members will find the most value.
AT&T Wireless is a top point earning site on the Southwest Rapids Rewards Shopping portal. You’ll earn 3600 points for ANY purchase. You can buy mom a new phone or any accessory, she’ll love you for wanting to keep in touch, and you’ll love her for the one way trip that you just earned on Southwest’s Wanna Get Away fares.
Look for featured Gift Card offers.
Southwest Rapid Rewards members should also check out Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping to see if any of the featured gift card offers are from retailers where you shop. If so, you can earn Rapid Rewards points just for purchasing the gift cards through the site. And, some gift cards offer huge points earnings. For example, purchasing a Restaurant.com gift card through Southwest Rapid Rewards Shopping will earn you 9 points per dollar spent on the gift card. Plus, you’ll be buying a gift card worth $25 for as little as $10. If there is a downside, it’s that the site only features about 25 gift card offers at a time, and the gift cards that earn the most points usually are from local or lesser-know restaurants.
We at Point Savvy believe that if you’re a “Points Junkie” like many of us are, using a airline or hotel portal should be your first stop when looking to make ANY purchase. Whether for your home, supplies for your office, a new pair of running shoes, or a gift for mom this Mother’s Day– max out your rewards, and reap the benefits when you take your next vacation.
- Earn 30,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $1,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening*
- First checked bag is free on domestic American Airlines itineraries for you and up to four companions traveling with you on the same reservation*
- Enjoy Group 1 Boarding on American Airlines flights*
- No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases1
- Receive 25% savings on in-flight food and beverage purchases when you use your card on American Airlines flights*
- Double AAdvantage® miles on eligible American Airlines purchases*
- Earn 10% of your redeemed AAdvantage® miles back – up to 10,000 AAdvantage® miles each calendar year*
$0 first year, then $95