United Airlines Giving Miles in Exchange for Donations
At a time when Hurricane Matthew is causing devastation in the Caribbean and the southeast, United Airlines announced plans to encourage donations to disaster relief organizations by giving MileagePlus frequent flyer program members miles as thanks for their gift.
The program is in partnership with the American Red Cross, Americares, Airlink, and Operation USA to support those impacted by Matthew. The Chicago-based airline will give up to five million miles during the course of the program as well as up to $100,000 to match individual donations.
In order to qualify for the miles, donations must be made via CrowdRise, an online fund-raising platform for charitable organizations.
A donation of $50 to $99 will earn 250 bonus miles, while a gift of $100 to $249 will yield 500 miles. Those donating $250 or more will receive 1,000 bonus miles.
“It is our hope that partnering with these organizations will help provide relief to those who need it most,” said Brett Hart, the airline’s EVP and general counsel.
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