Are your airline miles adding up?
I love getting free airfare when my frequent flyer miles or loyalty points pay off. However, I don't fly frequently enough on every airline to earn rewards from all of them. So I have points sitting around in several programs that I probably won't be able to use.
Are you in the same situation? Don't let those miles expire, or spend them on a magazine subscription you don't need. Donate them to a good cause.
It can be as simple as logging into your your airline account and making a few clicks. I donated my Southwest Rapid Rewards to Make-A-Wish today in under 60 seconds.
Here are a few great organizations and links to help you donate your airline miles.
My son is a cancer survivor and a Wish kid. He wished to go to Disney World on his sixth birthday, and Make-A-Wish made it happen shortly after he completed six rounds of chemotherapy for Burkitt's Lymphoma. Our family of four flew round-trip across the USA to fulfill his wish. It was a celebration for our entire family, and an opportunity to heal.
Every year, Make-A-Wish provides about 50,000 round-trip tickets to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to fulfill travel wishes like my son's. Donated air miles can help the organization meet that expense.
Disney World is one of the most popular wishes, but kids are flown all over the world. The first wish granted by Make-A-Wish was to my home state of Utah when a sick young girl wished to see snow for the first time.
Donate your Delta, United, American, Southwest or JetBlue airline miles to Make-A-Wish at www.wish.org/ways-to-help/giving/airline-miles.
American Red Cross
Volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross are among the first on the ground when disaster strikes. The American Red Cross was a leader in helping in the recoveries after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria struck the U.S. and neighboring nations in 2017. It is a force for good worldwide.
Your unused airline miles can help the Red Cross fly its volunteers and staff to critical areas in times of need. This helps the Red Cross to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate suffering in the face of emergencies.
Donate your American, Delta, Southwest or United airline miles to the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org/donations/ways-to-donate/donate-airline-miles.
Fisher House Foundation flies families of injured or ill veterans to their bedsides through Hero Miles. Hero Miles in an airline miles donation program that helps Fisher House purchase airline tickets for family members of veterans receiving medical treatment far from home.
Will Reynolds, a retired Army captain, was injured in an explosion during his deployment years ago. Reynolds underwent 26 surgeries and the amputation of his left leg. Reynolds reports that Hero Miles helped his recovery greatly. “Having family by my bedside was the biggest benefit in my healing process. Hero Miles relieved the financial burden of travel for my family going back and forth from their home to be at my bedside.”
Donate your Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier or United miles to Fisher House at https://www.fisherhouse.org/ways-to-give. Fisher House also accepts donations of hotel points to help give visiting military families a comfortable place to sleep.
Visit your airline's donation page
Many major airlines make it easy to donate your miles directly to these and many other worthwhile organizations through their own websites.
American Airlines – www.aa.com/donate
Delta Airlines – www.delta.com/buygftxfer/displayDonateMiles.action
JetBlue Airlines – trueblue.jetblue.com/web/trueblue/charity
Southwest Airlines – www.southwest.com/html/rapidrewards/promotions/donate-points-charity.html
United Airlines – www.united.com/charitymiles
Your unused frequent flyer miles can help make somebody's life better. If you have miles for an airline not listed here, visit their website and let me know if they have a donation program. I'll add it to the list. Thanks!