Yesterday I did something I have not been able to do in the past. I've had transactions where I have scored double the reward points on a single purchase. But, this time, I scored a travel hacker's dream transaction: a travel hack hat trick. I got awarded points 3 times for one transaction. (Hat Trick: In field hockey and ice hockey, a hat trick occurs when a player scores three goals in a single game.)
With Mother's Day coming, I noticed an email offer I got from American Airlines. I have an AAdvance Rewards Account, so I am on their mailing list. Occasionally, the airlines team up with other businesses to give you an opportunity to earn miles when you make a purchase with them. This time American Airlines teamed up with FTD the florist company that delivers flowers to its customers.
If you ordered a flower arrangement and had it delivered for Mother's Day, you would get 30 points for every dollar spent. That is a good offer and sticking to my rule of not spending money that you normally wouldn't, I was going to make a purchase for Mother's Day with or without an offer.
After spending $75 on flowers I will be awarded 2250 AAdvantage miles. 75 times 30 equals 2250. I broke out the handy dandy calculator on my computer to confirm this. But, this isn't where the story ends. I used my Capital One Venture card to make the payment. I get 2 points for every dollar spent, so, on this purchase, I will get 150 points for my Capital One account. But, the goodness doesn't stop there. I am a member of a website called MyPoints.com. They have a special running with FTD and I have their plugin activated in my Chrome browser. It tells me when I am at a site, if they have a deal set up it will give me the opportunity to activate it and get points for my purchase. MyPoints was offering 1500 points for FTD.
So, in the end I got awarded three times for one transaction. 2250 points for American Airlines, 150 points with the Venture Card, and 1500 points through MyPoints.com. A travel hacking hat trick. This is a first for me and I am looking to do this more often.
Have you been able to score a travel hack hat trick? If you have, tell us how you did it.