13 Responses

  1. Brian Fisher
    Brian Fisher at |

    I literally just received this offer. Thanks for being Johnny on the spot and putting this out there so quickly. Not that I had any plans to buy any flowers for anyone for Christmas anyway, it was tempting to follow their link. I will admit that I probably wouldn’t have taken the time to compare their non-branded prices. Something to be aware of for sure.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      I try to not harp on this too often but every now and then I bring it up again. Maybe I should more often, but I feel like I’d be a broken record at that point.

    2. Brian Fisher
      Brian Fisher at |

      In this case your timing was quite perfect. I agree that others may be used to it, but it’s the first time (that I remember) that I have seen it, so I am glad you put it out there again. 🙂 Gotta post it when it feels right. Can never have too much awareness.

  2. rick b
    rick b at |

    I’ve seen the same thing with hotel prices somewhere like hotels.com. The prices are marked up ever so slightly if you use a portal in most cases. What a joke.

  3. Chris
    Chris at |

    I want to say thank you too. Not that I had any intention to use these offers but I really like when a blog takes a critical approach to any offer and points out the cons too. More often than not the blogs are all stupidly pushing offers without helping readers understand what they’re really getting into, probably because their incentives aren’t aligned with those of their readers.

  4. Carl P
    Carl P at |

    In addition I’ve found that miles from 1800FLOWERS offers almost never go through without the two-months-to-post excuse and then follow-up. They give no assistance and just tell you to contact the airline program and chase it. They’re initial replay is always wait the two months or so, and come back, even if the time is already over.

    The time spent and frustration is just not worth it, so I now stay away from them altogether.,

  5. J. Keith Van Straaten
    J. Keith Van Straaten at |

    Good analysis, as usual.

  6. Marilyn B
    Marilyn B at |

    Thanks. I have seen this in the past with eBags using cashback portals such as eBates and MrRebates, so this doesn’t surprise me. But thanks for the reminder.

  7. Paul Brown
    Paul Brown at |

    Similar with 1-800 Flowers… also, 1-800’s “gift cards” are often not really gift cards either… they’re “savings passes” and can’t be combined with any other offers so you have to pay full price to use. Those corporate florists… a shady bunch. ????

  8. Richard Chen
    Richard Chen at |

    We read and love you for your unrelenting integrity and honesty and here it shines so once again, we thank you for credible reliable travel and flying news. If ever in doubt, do the right thing as you always do.

  9. Robert
    Robert at |

    I’ve used these deals in the past to extend mileage expiration but that’s it…they’re overpriced and you can’t apply most other offers to them. Add in delivery fees and it gets worse.

  10. Igor Matlin
    Igor Matlin at |

    Higher prices = even more miles! Win-win. 😉

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