Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles and Points

Disclosure: We get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do. American Express, Barclaycard, Chase, and US Bank are Million Mile Secrets advertising partners. Here’s our Advertiser Disclosure.

I’ve never sure what my mom would like for Mother’s Day, so I asked a mother of 3 to help with some ideas!

Spring is (finally) here and Mother’s Day is in 2 weeks.  Have you thought about gifts for the special women in your life yet?

Mother’s Day isn’t just about your own mother or the mother of your children.  Step-moms, mothers-in-law, grandmas, aunts, sisters, and mommy friends all deserve to be treated to a special day.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

Happy Mother’s Day to All the Moms in Our Lives

Treat the Special Moms in Your Life…and Earn Extra Points!

Some moms might argue that the best gift on Mother’s Day would be a day off!  Unfortunately they don’t sell days off at office supply stores! 😉

But if you’re looking to buy the mom in your life a special treat, here are some ideas for gifts that will bring her joy and get you a few extra points.

1.   Flowers

You could surprise your favorite mom with a bouquet of fresh flowers on Mother’s Day.  There are promotions and increased shopping portal bonuses that will earn you lots of extra points when you buy flowers.

I’ve written about earning extra Southwest points at and how those points count towards the Southwest Companion Pass.  The promotion codes for this deal seem to change often, but you could try code “RR29” to earn 1,750 points or “RR22” to earn 1,000 points when you spend at least ~$30.

You can also earn 15 American Airlines miles per $1 spent using code “ADDV.”  Or 15 Alaska Air miles per $1 spent using code “AKA6.”

But 1st go through a shopping portal, because you can earn cash back or points in addition to the points from the Southwest promotion.  Check Evreward to to search for the best deals. Heels First Travel has a list of more bonuses for buying flowers!

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

You Could Earn 20% Cash Back Through ShopDiscover or 14 Points per $1 You Spend at Marriott’s Shopping Portal…in Addition to Southwest Points

If you have an American Express business card, you can save 5% or get 2 extra Membership Rewards point per $1 spent at 1-800-Flowers.  Or you can sign into your American Express account and look for an offer for $15 back after spending $50 at 1-800-Flowers.  These offers are usually in the “Offers For You” section when you log into your AMEX account.

I also searched for FTD and discovered deals for up to 25% cash back or 35 Delta miles per $1 you spend.  35 miles per $1 spent on a $100 order is 3,500 miles (35X miles from shopping portal x $100 spent on flowers)!

You can also earn 30 miles per $1 spent on flowers with American Airlines or United Airlines (if you don’t want to earn Delta miles)!

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

You Could Earn 35 Points per $1 You Spend at FTD Through Delta’s Shopping Portal, or 25% Cash Back at ShopDiscover!

If you prefer Chase Ultimate Rewards points, there are deals through the Chase Ultimate Rewards shopping portal.  For example, ProFlowers and FTD are both offering 15 extra points per $1 you spend.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

Earn Lots of Extra Points on Flowers When You Shop Through the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall

If you spent $60 on flowers for Mom and used your Chase Sapphire Preferred, Chase Freedom, Chase Ink Bold, or Chase Ink Plus card, you’d earn a total of 960 Ultimate Rewards points! (16 Ultimate Rewards points X $60 spent on flowers).

Some folks might prefer 15 Ultimate Rewards points per $1 spent, but I think 30 American Airlines or United miles per $1 spent or 25% cash back is a much better deal.

2.   Restaurants

One of the best gifts for the mom in your life is just spending time with her.  You could take her out for dinner to her favorite restaurant or treat her to a spectacular meal.

Make sure you use your Chase Freedom card, because this quarter your restaurant spending will earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points or 5% cash back.  Did you remember to activate the bonus?

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

Don’t Let Mom Cook on Mother’s Day! Take Her Out for Dinner Instead and Earn 5X Points

If you don’t have the Freedom card, you can use your Chase Sapphire Preferred card to get 2X points on dining.

If you can’t take your mom out for a meal, you could always buy her a restaurant gift card.  Use the Chase Freedom card if you’re buying directly from a restaurant.  Or, use the Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus at office supply stores (which sell chain restaurant gift cards) to earn 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1 you spend.

Or you can buy restaurant gift cards from the supermarket and get up to 4.5X American Express Membership Rewards points with the AMEX EveryDay Preferred card.

Note: You normally get 3X Membership Rewards points at US supermarkets (up to $6,000 a year) but you get 4.5X points when you make 30 purchases in 1 billing cycle, less returns and credits.

Remember you can transfer your American Express Membership Rewards points to certain airlines and hotels to get Big Travel with Small Money.

3.   Travel

If the beloved mom in your life lives far away, you could redeem your miles and points for a plane ticket or hotel stay.  Maybe she doesn’t get to see you often, or wants to visit her grandkids.

But if you can’t find award tickets or hotels in 2 weeks, you could splurge on travel using your Chase Sapphire Preferred or Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® to earn 2X points per $1 you spend.  I don’t think any mom I know would refuse a vacation!

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

Treat Mom to a Tropical Getaway

Remember, if you use points to book travel through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal, your points are worth 1.25 cents each (instead of 1 cent each).  And you could potentially get more value by transferring them to airlines or hotels.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

Save Money and Points If You Book Through the Chase Travel Portal

4.   Lowe’s

A home improvement store might not be the 1st place that comes to mind when you think about buying a gift for Mom.  But you can find lots of Mother’s Day gifts at Lowe’s (where you earn 5X points or 5% cash back for $1 you spend this quarter using the Chase Freedom card) or other home improvement stores.

Maybe the mom in your life is an avid gardener or cook?  You could buy her some new gardening gear or kitchen gadgets.  And most Lowe’s have a garden center where you can buy plants, flowers, and pretty hanging baskets.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

Does Mom Like to Putter Around in the Garden? You Could Get Her Gardening Gear and Plants at Lowe’s

Lowe’s also sells gift cards to lots of other merchants and restaurants, so you could buy a gift card for Mom and let her pick out something she likes.

Don’t forget, you can shop online through a portal and get extra points for Lowe’s spending, too.

5.   Jewelry and Perfume

Maybe Mom has had her eye on a necklace, a new pair of earrings, or a bottle of her favorite perfume.  Most department stores sell jewelry and perfume, so you could pick up a department store gift card from Lowe’s using your Chase Freedom card and earn 5X points or 5% cash back.  Or at an office supply store using the Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus card.

Then, you could use the gift card online through a shopping portal, and earn even more points or cash back.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

You Could Buy Jewelry Using a Department Store Gift Card and Double Dip Through a Shopping Portal

6.   Amazon…for Books, Chocolates, or Just About Anything

Does your favorite mom like to read?  Maybe she loves mysteries, biographies, or romance?

You could stock up Mom’s library by shopping at Amazon.  But 1st, buy an Amazon gift card at an office supply store with your Chase Ink card, or at Lowe’s with your Chase Freedom card.  That way, you’ll earn 5X points.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

Grab an Amazon Gift Card at an Office Supply Store With Your Ink Card to Earn 5X Points…Then Use It to Double-Dip Online!

Amazon really does sell just about anything.  And you can have the gifts shipped directly to your favorite mom, too.  Or, you could give her the gift card and let her pick out something she really wants online.  That way, you won’t have to know she’s reading a steamy romance novel!  😉

7.   Movies

Is Mom a movie buff?  You can buy movie theater gift cards at Lowe’s (and earn 5X points with the Chase Freedom card).  I’ve also seen movie gift cards at office supply stores, so you could earn 5X points there with a Chase Ink card.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

Maybe Mom Will Appreciate a Night Out at the Movies?

You could combine this with a restaurant gift card and treat Mom to a night out!  I’ve even seen combination gift cards that work for both dinner and a movie.

8.   Technology, Music, and Accessories

Do you know a mom who loves her smartphone, e-reader, or tablet?  Or maybe she likes downloading music, movies, and games from iTunes or Amazon.

You could pick up an iTunes gift card from an office supply store and let her use it to pick out a new album, movie, or e-book.  Or perhaps she needs a new case or set of headphones to use with her iPhone or iPad.  You can find all of these things at office supply stores, and earn 5X points when you use your Chase Ink Bold or Chase Ink Plus card.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

Maybe Mom’s the Rock n’ Roll Type!

Whether your favorite mom is a fan of Green Day or Frank Sinatra, she’ll probably make good use of an iTunes gift card!

9.   A Day at the Spa (and Maybe Some Wine!)

With all the stresses of parenthood, I bet most moms would love a day of pampering at the spa.  You can buy SpaFinder gift cards at Lowe’s (with the Chase Freedom) and office supply stores (with the Chase Ink) and earn 5X points.

SpaFinder cards are accepted at over 20,000 locations and can be used for massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, yoga, and other relaxing spa services.  That said, you can also look for SpaFinder gift cards for less on gift card sites such as Gift Card Granny etc.

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

Send Mom for a Massage or a Day of Pampering

While you’re at the office supply store, you could pick up a Whole Foods gift card and use it to get mom a bottle of wine to enjoy on her relaxing day.  See, they do sell days off at the office supply store!

10.   Magazine Subscriptions

Does Mom like to read fashion magazines or catch up on entertainment news?  Or is she into current events and politics?  Either way, you could pick up a magazine subscription or 2 and she’ll get a gift to enjoy the whole year.

There are some huge shopping portal bonuses for and on top of that, they often sell heavily-discounted subscriptions.  So you could save a lot of money and earn a lot of extra points.  For example, if you go through the Chase Ultimate Rewards mall, you’ll earn 30 points per $1 you spend!

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles And Points

I Might Have to Buy My Own Subscription at 30 Points per $1

Bottom Line

When you’re thinking about what to get the moms in your life for Mother’s Day, remember you can earn extra points or cash back by maximizing the bonuses on the Chase Freedom, Chase Ink Bold, and Chase Ink Plus cards.

You’ll earn 5X points or 5% cash back at restaurants and Lowe’s this quarter with the Chase Freedom.  And you’ll always get 5X per $1 you spend at office supply stores when you use the Chase Ink cards.

By purchasing gift cards, then going through an online shopping portal, you can earn even more bonus points and cash back for your Mother’s Day shopping.  That said, be sure to shop around.  It’s not worth paying more just to get a few extra points.

You only have 2 weeks to find Mom that perfect gift!

* If you liked this post, why don’t you join the 16,000+ readers who have signed-up to receive free blog posts via email (only 1 email per day!) or in an RSS reader …because then you’ll never miss another update!

Editorial Disclaimer: Neither the responses below nor the editorial content on this page are provided or commissioned by the bank advertisers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertisers. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the bank advertisers. It is not the bank advertisers’ responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

4 responses to “Top 10 Mother’s Day Gifts That Will Earn Extra Miles and Points

  1. The Freedom quarterly bonus is at Lowes only and not all home improvement stores. You had my hopes up until I checked.

  2. @Ken – The post mentions that the quarterly bonus is at Lowes.


  4. @ John- On behalf of my mom, thanks! She is turning 63 this year. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.