Love Travel? Earn 30x Miles on Valentine’s Day Purchases.

Feb 7, 2019

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Valentine’s Day: It’s a four-letter word for many that just so happens to have 13 letters. It’s also coming up soon on Feb. 14. Love it or hate it, it is an opportunity to pick up some extra miles while putting a smile on the face of a loved (or liked) one.

Earn Up to 30 Miles Per Dollar on Flowers

If you need to order flowers online to have them delivered (as opposed to popping into a local flower shop or grocery store), you can rack up 20 to 30 miles per dollar by clicking to the major flower websites via one of the links below.

  • FTD: Earn 30 American Airlines miles per dollar. Those with AAdvantage elite status or select cobranded American Airlines cards can earn 200 bonus miles
  • FTD: Earn 20 United MileagePlus miles per dollar
  • FTD: Earn 20 Delta SkyMiles per dollar
  • 1-800-Flowers: Earn 30 United miles per dollars. 
  • 1-800-Flowers: Earn 1,000 Southwest Rapid Rewards points
  • 1-800-Flowers: 20% cash back with eBates
Image by Getty Images / Cavan Images
Image by Getty Images / Cavan Images

Earn Points Eating Out

There’s no more surefire way into the heart of a loved one than by feeding them a great meal. If a dinner out is on your Feb. 14 agenda, make sure you bring along a credit card that will award you some bonus miles on eating out.

Some great options include 4 points per dollar at US restaurants with the American Express® Gold Card, 3 points per dollar with the Chase Sapphire Reserve® or a whopping 5 points per dollar with the Citi Prestige Card.

Also, here are some tips for scoring reservations at some of the hottest restaurants.

Earn Points on Class Valentine Cards

If you have young kids, the odds are high that they will need Valentine’s Day cards to pass out at school — one for each kid in their class. Sure, you can pick up a box of cards with cartoon characters on them at the grocery store for a couple bucks (and I’ve done that many years). But another option to make you look like an overachiever without doing a bunch of extra work is to order personalized cards online.

If you go that route and shop on Minted.com, you can currently earn 10 Hawaiian miles per dollar.

Of, if you want to get crafty, you can pick up red and pink art supplies at a drugstore and earn 5 points per dollar this quarter by paying with your Chase Freedom.

Image by Elizabethsalleebauer / Getty Images
Image by Elizabethsalleebauer / Getty Images

Earn Miles Shopping for Gifts

If you buy your Valentine “something nice,” you can pick up some extra miles by clicking through an online shopping site. As always, you can spot the highest payouts for the retailer of your choice by clicking to cashbackmonitor.com, but here are some current examples.

  • Barney’s New York: 7x AAdvantage miles per dollar
  • Stitch Fix: 35x AAdvantage miles per dollar
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: 10% cash back with eBates
  • Godiva: 7x AAdvantage miles per dollar
  • Apple.com: 3x British Airways Avios points per dollar

Take a Trip

If you’d rather take a trip to celebrate your love, here is a roundup of nine of the most romantic spots around the world (three are here in the US). Or, might we recommend the best Valentine’s Day present of all is getting the Southwest Companion Pass with just one credit card sign-up bonus. Then your valentine can travel with you on Southwest for the rest of 2019 for just the cost of taxes. Just be sure to pick up that deal before it ends on Feb. 11 — and don’t worry, you can change your companion three times this year, if needed.

Bottom Line

Even if you don’t love Valentine’s Day, if you love travel, it pays to be strategic about how you make your Feb. 14 purchases to turn those chocolates, flowers, cards and more into a jump-start on your next vacation.

Featured image by Getty Images / Cavan Images

 

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