Can You Earn the Southwest Companion Pass by Ordering Flowers and Gifts?

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I’ve written that the easiest way to earn the Southwest Companion Pass is by applying for 2 Chase Southwest credit cards with the 50,000 point sign-up bonus.

But did you know there could be another way to earn the Companion Pass by ordering flowers and gifts from 1-800-Flowers?

1-800-Flowers ran a promotion where you could earn 1,500 bonus Southwest points per order of ~$30 or more.  If you made 74 orders, you’d get the 110,000 points needed to earn the Companion Pass – assuming the points count!

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

You Could Earn 1,500 Southwest Points per Order at 1-800-Flowers, but Will They Count Towards the Companion Pass?

I decided to run some experiments to see if this is a good way to earn the Companion Pass!  The promotion has since expired, but I’ll tell you what happened for the next time they have this deal!

Frequent Miler also ran similar experiments so check out his posts on this as well!

The Promotion

Link:   1-800-Flowers

Earlier this month, you could earn 1,500 Southwest points for every order of $29.99 or more at 1-800-Flowers when you used promotion code “RR57“.  This code no longer works, but they run promotions like this a few times a year.

So if you made 74 separate orders, you’d earn 111,000 Southwest points (74 orders x 1,500 Southwest points per order).

And if you already have Southwest points from credit card sign-ups or flying, this could be a great way to get the last few points needed for the Companion Pass.

For this to be most cost effective, it’s best to order items that cost exactly $29.99.  And 1-800-Flowers sells lots of different gift items, like gourmet food baskets, plants, candy, and popcorn.

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

Not Just Flowers – Order Gift Baskets, Plants, Sweet Treats and More

And to avoid paying shipping costs on every order (which can cost $25 or more!), you’ll want to enroll in the Celebrations Passport program.  For ~$30, you’ll get free shipping and no service charge from 1-800-Flowers for an entire year.

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

It’s Worth Paying ~$30 to Get Unlimited Free Shipping for a Year

In my experience, points earned from 1-800-Flowers promotions do count towards the Companion Pass.  But sometimes points can take a while (up to 8 weeks!) to post.

That could make or break the deal for folks who are concerned about timing the posting of points for the Southwest Companion Pass!

Note:   There’s a current 1-800-Flowers deal that earns 1,000 Southwest points on purchases of $29.99 or more.  Use promotion code “RR22” when you check out.

While this isn’t as lucrative as the previous promotion, it’s still a good way to get extra points!  And I’ll let you know when the 1,500 point deal comes back!

The Experiment

I decided to order some items from 1-800-Flowers to find out:

  • Which items or brands are eligible for the promotion?
  • How long does it take for points to post?
  • Do the points qualify for the Southwest Companion Pass?
Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

Our Mailman Is Probably Wondering What’s Going On!

Note:   Frequent Miler reports that you’ll get the promo code bonus points, but not shopping portal bonuses if you go through a cash back site or shopping portal first.

1.   Love’s Embrace Roses

I ordered a bouquet of roses on November 11, 2014.  They cost ~$32 including taxes and were delivered on November 21, 2014.

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

Flowers for Emily Cost ~$30 Plus Tax and Qualify for the Southwest Promotion

I could see the points in my Southwest account on December 3, 2014.  But the transaction date was backdated to November 21, 2014.

2.   1-800-Baskets Apple Caramel Cookie Pie

I’ve got a bit of a big sweet tooth, so I ordered an apple caramel cookie pie for ~$32 including taxes.  I placed the order on November 14, 2014, and it was delivered on November 18, 2014.

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

Do I Have to Share? Apple Caramel Cookie Pie Qualifies for the Promotion

And the points appeared in my Southwest account on December 3, 2014, with the transaction backdated to November 18, 2014.

3.    Popcorn Factory Sea Salt Slim Popcorn 24 Pack

A 24-pack of Popcorn Factory popcorn costs ~$30 plus tax.  I ordered it on November 14, 2014 and it was delivered on November 18, 2014.

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

Guess Emily and I Will Be Watching a Lot of Movies Over the Holidays!

The points from this purchase posted to my Southwest account on December 3, 2014, with the transaction backdated to November 18, 2014.

4.   Fannie May Chocolate Strawberries

Not all items are eligible for this promotion.  For example, I tried to order chocolate-dipped strawberries, but when I entered the promotion code it didn’t work.

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

No Luck Getting Extra Points for Chocolate Dipped Strawberries :(

But the code did work for a ~$30 box of 12 Fannie May Artisan Chocolates.  I ordered them on November 14, 2014, and they were delivered on November 18, 2014.

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

I Don’t Think This Box of Chocolate Will Last Long in Our House!

The points posted to my Southwest account on December 3, 2014.  The transaction was also backdated to November 18, 2014.

5.   Cheryl’s Secret Santa Box

A box of frosted holiday cookies costs ~$32 including tax.  I might need to visit the dentist after this experiment!

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

More Sugar! This Box of Sweet Treats Qualifies for the Promotion

I ordered the cookies on November 14, 2014, and they were delivered on November 18, 2014.   The points were added to my Southwest account on December 3, 2014.  Again, the transaction was backdated to November 18, 2014.

Meanwhile, our kitchen counter started to get a little cluttered.

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

All in the Name of Science…Er, Miles and Points Research!

6.   Bonsai Tree

1-800-Flowers also sells plants, so I ordered a bonsai tree for ~$40 plus tax.  I ordered it on November 14, 2014, and it arrived on November 18, 2014.

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

I Was Curious to See How They Would Pack This Little Tree

It came packed very securely.  There might have been a little incident trying to get it out of its packaging!

Can You Earn The Southwest Companion Pass By Ordering Flowers And Gifts

Packing Peanuts: 1, Daraius: 0

The points from the bonsai tree were deposited to my Southwest account on December 3, 2014, again backdated to November 18, 2014.

The Results

The good news is, all the points showed up in my Southwest account within ~3 weeks of placing the orders.  But the transactions were backdated to the item delivery date, so really it only takes a few days!

The GREAT news is that all the points counted toward the Southwest Companion Pass!  So 1-800-Flowers promotions are a good way to top-off your account if you need a few more points to earn the pass.

Here’s a summary of the results:

ItemDate OrderedDate DeliveredPoints PostedBackdated ToCounted Toward Companion Pass?
Roses for Emily11/11/201411/21/201412/3/201411/21/2014Yes!
1-800-Baskets Apple Caramel Cookie Pie11/14/201411/18/201412/3/201411/18/2014Yes!
Popcorn Factory Popcorn11/14/201411/18/201412/3/201411/18/2014Yes!
Fannie May Chocolates11/14/201411/18/201412/3/201411/18/2014Yes!
Cheryl's Frosted Cookies11/14/201411/18/201412/3/201411/18/2014Yes!
Bonsai Tree11/14/201411/18/201412/3/201411/18/2014Yes!

So definitely watch for 1-800-Flowers promotions.  And when the 1,500 point bonus returns, I’ll let you know!

Bottom Line

1-800-Flowers ran a promotion where you’d earn 1,500 Southwest points on orders over ~$30.

This is a great way to earn points for the Southwest Companion Pass, and I can confirm that the points do count!  The points should be credited to your Southwest account at the time the items are delivered (but you might not actually see them for a few weeks).

This promotion has expired, but you can still earn 1,000 Southwest points on orders over ~$30 when you use promotion code “RR22” at checkout.  Not all products are eligible.

But I had more experiments in mind for this promotion!  Stay tuned…

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14 responses to “Can You Earn the Southwest Companion Pass by Ordering Flowers and Gifts?

  1. Got this offer from Southwest.

    Dear Robert,
    This holiday season earn bonus points on flowers, gift baskets, and a variety of delicious treats from 1-800-Flowers.com’s family of brands.

    Find festive flowers and centerpieces, gourmet gift baskets, very merry popcorn tins, delicious cookies, and more beautiful holiday surprises. Earn 30 bonus points per $1 on every order of $29.99 or more*.

    Shop online now, or call 1-800-Flowers.com (1-800-356-9377). Make sure to mention the promotion code RR60 and provide your Rapid Rewards® account number.

  2. Thanks for experimenting on your dime! Serious question though, in the picture with the packing peanuts, is your flooring Allure brand strip flooring? We’re flooring shopping… It looks great, curious if it’s the same product.

  3. I used 1-800-Flowers to push me over the edge last year! I hated that shipping costs didn’t count towards points. I did consider paying for the membership for free shipping but I only ordered 3 things so I ended up just paying for shipping. I’ve found that keeping an eye on Rapid Rewards shopping during the holidays always helps. They often run promotions that give you up to 1,000 points for spending a certain amount through the portal and stores will also jump up to 6-20 points per dollar. I do a lot of my Christmas shopping through there to get my points!

  4. Hi, just trying to figure out , did your order count ( points wise ) for 2014 or 2015 companion pass ? If a order is placed in Dec 2014 will it count for 2014 even if your close date on your card is in Jan 2015 and will it make a difference if ship date is the say 3rd of Jan 2015.
    Lisa

  5. I have the same question as Lisa. Would really like to know if the points earned will count during the year that the points arrive in the account or in the year that the delivery is made.

  6. Are there currently two Southwest credit card offers with 50,000 bonus out there right now? I could only find one, the premier card.

  7. Yeah, I agree with Scott–not able to find a working link to the Business 50000 offer anywhere. Darius, do you happen to have one? The link of your Hot Deals page is dead. Btw, thanks for all you do with this blog and all the help/advice you share with everyone–happy holidays to you & Emily!

    • @Mike H – LOL! I really don’t know because it is an apartment!

      @Lisa @Carey – Word is that they backdate to the delivery date. So it counted for 2014. I’d place the order for delivery after Jan 1, 2015 if you want it to count in 2015.

      @ Scott @Sam – Check out the business card section in the Hot Deals page!

  8. This is a joke right? 74 orders @30 each would cost you $2200 for the companion pass + 30 for the shipping subscription. Doesn’t seem worth it to me, you might break even if you fly a lot on Southwest, but you won’t win.

    BTW, the cost to you per point (assuming you kept ALL your orders at exactly $30 and only spent $2200) is 1.85 cents.. I think you can usually buy southwest points cheaper when they have the 40% promotions.. But those probably don’t count towards CP right?

  9. @Rob: You may not be making money on the deal , but you can get really fat for really cheap on really good sweets and then send yourself flowers for next to nothing!

  10. Have you tested if this combines with 20% Shop Discover cashback?

    @Rob The miles you get are worth something too, besides the companion pass.

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  12. The Deal is back, but now its 1750 points per $30 purchase with code RR43, although the details explicitly state that bonus points will not count toward companion pass.

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