Frequent Travelers Can Assist with Hurricane Relief
||:: Late-Breaking News
(Posted: Sep 1, 2005)
Hurricane Katrina has devastated the cities, homes, and lives of fellow Americans. Help is trickling in, but much more is needed. We?d like to call on the frequent travel community to lend a hand.
American AAdvantage members who make a cash donation of $50 or more to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Effort will receive a one-time 500-mile bonus through Sept. 30. To receive the bonus miles, members must fax (817-963-7882) or mail a copy of their donation receipt to AAdvantage Customer Service at:
P.O. Box 619688
DFW Airport, TX 75261-9688
United Airlines is working with several major agencies in the relief effort: the American Red Cross, AmeriCares and Operation USA.
Mileage Plus will deposit a one-time mileage bonus of 500 miles in your Mileage Plus account for donations of $50 or more through Oct. 31, 2005.
Members must fax a copy of the donation receipt and Mileage Plus number to United at 1-866-583-5943. Donation receipt must be dated no earlier than 8/30/05 and faxed by 10/31/05.
Mileage Plus members may also donate miles to the United Charity Miles program. Many relief organizations send personnel and volunteers to assist in the affected region, and the donation of miles will help defray their expenses.
Members can donate a minimum of 1,000 miles to any of the designated groups involved in the relief effort, or others listed on united.com. To donate miles online, visit http://www.mpcharitymiles.com.
Continental Airlines will put 1,000,000 OnePass miles into both its American Red Cross and AmeriCares mileage donation accounts to support the relief effort.
OnePass members can donate their miles to these agencies at continental.com>Frequent Flyer>Use Miles>Donate Miles.
Delta Airlines has jump-started its donation drive with 2 million SkyMiles ? 1 million each to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Members of Alaska Mileage Plan, America West FlightFund, Frontier EarlyReturns, Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles, Midwest Airlines Midwest Miles and Northwest WorldPerks may also donate miles to the American Red Cross from their preferred carrier?s Web site.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
America West FlightFund
Frontier Airlines EarlyReturns
Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles
Midwest Airlines Midwest Miles
Southwest Rapid Rewards
Members may donate awards
Charity options are not limited to miles. Best Western, Hilton, InterContinental, Marriott and Starwood are all offering members the opportunity to donate cash or hotel points to the Red Cross. American Express Membership Rewards members can also donate cash or points.
InterContinental Priority Club
Will match all cash contributions up to a maximum of $125,000
Members can redeem points for a Marriott Gift Cheque, then send the cheque on to the Red Cross. The Red Cross will distribute the cheques to victims.
Points can be redeemed by calling 1-801-468-4000 or 1-800-450-4442.
The cheques can be sent to the American Red Cross at:
The American Red Cross
Attn: Marriott Rewards Member Contribution
2025 E Street, NW
Mail Stop NW7 - 104C
Washington, DC 20006
Starwood Preferred Guest
SPG is giving members who make a donation to the Red Cross of $50 a thank you of 500 Starpoints (one bonus per member account). Members worldwide are eligible as long as the amount contributed is equivalent to USD$50 or more.
American Express Membership Rewards
posted: Sep 3, 2005 at 6:35am (MT)
I noticed the United bonus of 500 miles for a min. $50 donation earlier today (9/02) and there was fine print of a max. of 1,000,000 miles available - so only the first 2,000 people to send in their receipt will get the bonus. In checking back later tonight for the fax number I noticed the bonus details are no longer showing. Perhaps they've been overwhelmed (which is a good thing from the charity's perspective) and already maxed out the bonus miles.
Also, SPG is also offering 500 starwood points for donations of $50 or more.
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