Earn 30 American Miles Per Dollar Spent On Flowers (Qualifies As Loyalty Points)

Earn 30 American Miles Per Dollar Spent On Flowers (Qualifies As Loyalty Points)

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With American Airlines’ new AAdvantage program, status qualification is based on how many Loyalty Points you earn. You can earn Loyalty Points through all kinds of non-flying means, from credit card spending to making purchases with AAdvantage partners.

At the moment American Airlines partner FTD has a lucrative promotion on buying flowers for Valentine’s Day, which could boost your mileage account and your progress toward elite status.

Earn 30x AAdvantage miles with FTD

At the moment American AAdvantage is offering 30 miles per dollar spent on FTD Valentine’s Day flowers.

Not only would you earn AAdvantage redeemable miles, but they would also qualify as Loyalty Points. As a reminder, here’s how many Loyalty Points you need in order to earn status with American:

  • AAdvantage Gold status requires 30,000 Loyalty Points
  • AAdvantage Platinum status requires 75,000 Loyalty Points
  • AAdvantage Platinum Pro status requires 125,000 Loyalty Points
  • AAdvantage Executive Platinum status requires 200,000 Loyalty Points

With each purchase you’ll see the exact number of AAdvantage miles earned listed.

The most expensive option seems to be an arrangement of three dozen red roses for $275, which earns 8,250 AAdvantage miles.

The catch is that taxes and the delivery charge don’t earn AAdvantage miles, so you won’t quite earn 30 AAdvantage miles per dollar “out of pocket.”

If you do make a purchase, make sure you check that the correct number of AAdvantage miles shows before you confirm your purchase. Presumably this offer can change, and there are also some exclusions.

Crunching the numbers on this offer

A $275 bouquet would end up costing you $315.64, and you’d earn 8,250 AAdvantage miles. So while you earn 30 miles per dollar spent on the actual flowers, in the end you’re earning closer to 26 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent.

You can add up to 20 products to your cart per purchase, and unfortunately the delivery fee is the same per item, no matter how many you order. So if you spent $6,312 you’d earn a total of 165,000 AAdvantage miles.

Do I recommend buying a bunch of flowers in order to earn AAdvantage elite status? No, probably not. But if you have a loved one you want to buy flowers for, I’d definitely recommend considering this offer. And maybe buy something that’s a bit more extravagant than what you’d otherwise buy.

Like I said, in the end you can earn up to 26 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent, after factoring in the taxes and delivery fees. To do the math a bit differently, if you earn 26 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent, you’re spending 3.8 cents per AAdvantage mile:

  • I value the redeemable miles at 1.5 cents each
  • That means you’re really paying 2.3 cents per Loyalty Point (3.8 cents minus 1.5 cents), after deducting the value of the redeemable miles
  • This doesn’t factor in the value of the actual flowers or the credit card rewards; you can either earn more Loyalty Points with your credit card spending, or you could use the best cards for everyday spending, which earn a 3.4% return by my valuation

Bottom line

At the moment you can earn 30 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent on select FTD floral arrangements for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately you don’t earn miles on taxes or delivery fees, so in the end you’ll earn at most 26 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent on the total amount, give or take.

This is the best deal we’ve seen from FTD since the Loyalty Points program was introduced, so this is a great way to make someone feel special while also making yourself feel more special (by earning elite status).

Do you plan on taking advantage of this AAdvantage FTD promotion? If so, to what extent?

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  1. Benjamin G Guttery Guest

    Hey Lucky,

    So I think it's now official: these did NOT count as "LP's". I wasted nearly 700 bucks on your advice. I know nothing it really guaranteed in the points game, BUT I really figured you had done your research with this being in the headline and all. I'm not rich by any standard and was trying to get EXP for my first time this year. Still hoping AA and FTD can fix this,...

    Hey Lucky,

    So I think it's now official: these did NOT count as "LP's". I wasted nearly 700 bucks on your advice. I know nothing it really guaranteed in the points game, BUT I really figured you had done your research with this being in the headline and all. I'm not rich by any standard and was trying to get EXP for my first time this year. Still hoping AA and FTD can fix this, but they showed up as miles in my account with ZERO LP's. I even checked with both companies, I did everything right. Benjamin Guttery

  2. Benjamin G Guttery Guest

    BEN HELP!

    I've waited exactly 5 full weeks for this promotion to post to my account. I called AADVANTAGE Customer Service today to enquire and they acted like I was crazy and asked for "proof", so I sent them screenshots and also a link to this blog. They checked my email on the phone and your post and then said: "these are BONUS miles, so therefore you earn NOTHING on Loyalty Points." Also I've...

    BEN HELP!

    I've waited exactly 5 full weeks for this promotion to post to my account. I called AADVANTAGE Customer Service today to enquire and they acted like I was crazy and asked for "proof", so I sent them screenshots and also a link to this blog. They checked my email on the phone and your post and then said: "these are BONUS miles, so therefore you earn NOTHING on Loyalty Points." Also I've tried calling the Platinum Pro AADVANTAGE Customer Service and everyone has very thick accents and is super rude now. They don't know anything about the new AADVANTAGE Program or Loyalty Points and brush you off.

    I spend like over $700 bucks thinking I would earn 16,500 Loyalty Points AND now I feel like this was a major bait and switch on AA's part. I can't believe it and I'm so disappointed.

    Can you PLEASE look into this Ben?

    Benjamin

  3. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

    So I purchased 2 of the highest value transactions, 8,250 miles/LPs (total 16,500 miles/LPs) on February 10th. These didn't show up in my "First week of March" Loyalty Point counter, and they haven't shown up since. The site "says" 6 to 8 weeks though. Really annoying that AA didn't break down where the first batch of Loyalty Points came from either. FTD/AA better give me my LPS FOR spending that much money on terrible flowers...

    So I purchased 2 of the highest value transactions, 8,250 miles/LPs (total 16,500 miles/LPs) on February 10th. These didn't show up in my "First week of March" Loyalty Point counter, and they haven't shown up since. The site "says" 6 to 8 weeks though. Really annoying that AA didn't break down where the first batch of Loyalty Points came from either. FTD/AA better give me my LPS FOR spending that much money on terrible flowers (the quality wasn't the best, or the worst).

  4. Peter Guest

    Looked back last year (2021) for similar deal and see FTD designating my “Bonus” miles.

    My two 2022 orders have not posted yet (took only 3 days last year).

    Maybe should have taken the AAdvantage E-shopping portal 20x deal?

  5. Margaret Guest

    I did this and these points counted as “bonus miles”, which is kinda ridiculous. The offer was 30 miles per dollar. No different than the other offers we see on the portal. So why would these miles be bonus miles?

    1. Peter Guest

      I see the first picture in this article from (guessing) the AA website says “Earn 30 bonus miles per $1 spent…”.

    2. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

      So your Loyalty Points/Miles have shown up? Mine haven't yet, purchased on Feb 10th.

    3. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

      EXACTLY. In the AA app it just said "30x Miles per dollar". But I don't have a screenshot so AA isn't going to honor this. Very upset over this.

  6. Ryan Guest

    Dont "Loyalty Points" count as double (2022+2023) under the "double dip through febuary" scheme so you could order 6K worth of flowers and get 2 years of Platinum Pro?

  7. Eskimo Guest

    So I guess we can call this a flower run?

  8. pmccaul New Member

    This is totally confused as is how to order.

  9. Chris Guest

    Hi Ben, just make perfectly clear, can you confirm the 30 miles per $ spent qualify as Loyalty Points? In other words, if I spend $10 I'd get 300 loyalty points deposited in my Advantage account.

    1. OCTinPHL Guest

      @Ben - your article explicitly states the ~8200 AA miles will also earn ~8200 LP. Can you confirm for us that is correct?

    2. BenjaminGuttery Diamond

      Yeah we all got messed over on this one I think. AA customer service told me today that "they don't know about this deal and that BONUS miles don't count as LP's". So upset.

  10. Diana Guest

    Honestly, a better deal would be to buy the 3 dozen long stem roses from Bouqs.com today through the AA portal. They are running 30% off their "grand" roses package and with shipping it makes 36 long stem reds with vase for around $90, plus you get 10 AA points per dollar through the portal. Also, some Amex cards are offering $10 off $50 for Bouqs right now. And Bouqs quality is top notch consistently.

  11. Al C Guest

    Not sure it's a good deal as they're seriously overpriced flowers.

  12. AZTravelGuy Guest

    Or pay at least 15% less, without stupid and costly addons like teddy bears, by ordering directly from a local florist, asking what their minimum is (far less than ftd/800-flowers), and going with designers choice.

  13. JetAway Guest

    A very good use of those flowers would be to send them to your local hospital for distribution to nurses stations on Valentines Day.

  14. Pierre Gold

    Didn't the definition of Loyalty Points expressly mention that promotional multiples were excluded from becoming Loyalty Points beyond the first dollar? It seems otherwise too easy, like the millions of miles (but apparently not LPs) you gained giving to some charity.

  15. Dustin Guest

    What's your address so I can send you $6k worth of flowers?

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Peter Guest

Looked back last year (2021) for similar deal and see FTD designating my “Bonus” miles. My two 2022 orders have not posted yet (took only 3 days last year). Maybe should have taken the AAdvantage E-shopping portal 20x deal?

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OCTinPHL Guest

@Ben - your article explicitly states the ~8200 AA miles will also earn ~8200 LP. Can you confirm for us that is correct?

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pmccaul New Member

This is totally confused as is how to order.

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