Your Unused Airline Miles Could Help Better Lives This Holiday Season


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Forget about earning enough frequent flier miles to score a new neck pillow.If you’re strapped for cash this holiday season but still in the mood to give back, consider unloading your unused airline miles for those in need. 

There are plenty of charities hungry for miles to put toward travel-related expenses, from providing airfare to relatives hoping to visit dying loved ones or simply getting personnel from point A to point B. 

California-based Dream Foundation put out a nationwide call for unused miles this week. The organisation is much like the children-oriented Make A Wish Foundation, except it grants wishes to adults in the end stages of their lives. 

Of the thousands of wishes they’re asked to fulfil each year, 30 per cent involve travel expenses, the organisation said. 

“We understand how important miles are to one’s own travel needs,” says Dream Foundation founder Thomas Rollerson. “Yet if each person donated just 100 miles, collectively, it would go a long, long way for the families we serve.”

There are dozens of charities willing to accept miles in lieu of cash or gifts. Nearly all major airlines (and even smaller carriers) offer miles-to-charity donation programs.

Here are some to get you started:

American Airlines for Kids in Need 

Delta Skywish

Southwest Give Your Heart Wings

Continental Airlines

US Airways Miles Charity Program

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