Miles Momma reports that Amtrak is offering 30 points per dollar through 1800Flowers. To get 30X Amtrak points, you must apply promo code AMT56 when checking out. The offer is good through February 28th.
Amtrak points are worth up to 2.9 cents each when used for Amtrak travel. So, 30 points per dollar is like getting an 87% rebate (30 x 2.9) in the form of Amtrak travel credit. But it gets better…
Spend $50, get $15 back
Remember, there is an Amex Offer available for 1-800-Flowers: Spend $50, Get $15 Back. Tweet #Amext1800Flowers to enroll in this offer.
If you want to apply a promo code, like the Amtrak one mentioned above, you will need to sign up for Celebrations Passport in order to get free shipping and handling.
Celebrations Passport costs $29.99 per year,
but if you cancel within a month, you’ll get your money back. So, you can sign up as a free trial, but make sure to put a reminder on your calendar to cancel later.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Cancelling may not work. A reader has pointed out that even though the summary terms state “membership fee refundable within 30 days,” the full terms appear to state that the membership fee is refundable only if the benefits have not been used: “Your paid Membership fee is fully refundable during the first 30-days of your initial enrollment and during the first 30-days of any Membership renewal, if your Membership benefits have not been utilized during that period and you cancel your Membership during the first 30-day period.”
Or, you can use an enrolled Amex card to pay the $29.99. Then you’ll only need to spend $20.01 more to get $15 back.
Another option is Paypal: Many people have received Paypal offers for $15 off $15 or more at 1-800-Flowers. If you have that offer, use PayPal to pay for Celebrations Passport and you’ll have free shipping for 12 months for only $14.99 ($29.99 – $15).
Don’t bother with portals unless you’re double dipping
Portals and promo codes don’t mix. If you have time to wait for physical by-mail gift cards to be delivered, you could go through a cash back portal to buy the gift cards (and pay with your enrolled Amex cards) in order to get 1800Flowers gift cards for half price after rebates. Unfortunately, if your goal is to get delivery by Valentine’s Day, you won’t have time to order by-mail gift cards, and egift cards won’t work for the double-dip.
For more, see: Eight Tips for Extreme Stacking 1-800-Flowers.
Make sure to pay with your enrolled Amex cards
The Amex Offer does not require that you spend all $50 in one shot. But, to maximize savings, you should try to spend as little over $50 per Amex card as possible. If you have multiple enrolled Amex cards, that means that you would be better off sending someone two $50 gifts in separate orders, rather than one $100 gift. However, if you have previously bought 1800Flowers gift cards, you can use those in conjunction with Amex credit cards in order to make larger purchases and still optimize your savings.
Here’s how the math plays out even without buying gift cards first. This is making the dubious assumption that you can find gifts that, in total, sell for exactly $50. This analysis also ignores sales tax which you may or may not have to pay depending on what you purchase and where you have it delivered.
- With Amex Offer, net cost for $50 purchase = $35
- Amtrak points earned with promo code AMT56: 30 x 50 = 1500
- Value of Amtrak points earned: (up to) $0.029 x 1500 = $43.50
Bottom line: It is possible to get up to $43.50 worth of Amtrak travel, and send gifts to loved ones, for $35 per enrolled Amex card.
Not interested in Amtrak?
See “1800Flowers Extreme Stacking promo codes, portals, gift cards, and more.” for a list of currently valid promo codes (including 30X United miles, 1750 JetBlue or Southwest points per order, and more).