Last updated: 04:20 PM ET, Mon October 10 2016

Airlines Awarding Bonus Miles to Frequent Flyers Who Donate to Matthew Relief

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | October 10, 2016

Airlines Awarding Bonus Miles to Frequent Flyers Who Donate to Matthew Relief

PHOTO: A United Airlines flight sits on the tarmac. (Photo courtesy of United Continental Holdings, Inc) 

United Airlines is giving back to Mileage Plus members who do the same this fall.

The Chicago-based airline announced Friday that it will reward members who donate to hurricane relief in wake of Matthew with bonus miles.

Members can donate a minimum of $50 to the American Red Cross, Americares, Airlink and OperationUSA through CrowdRise and earn anywhere from 250 to 1,000 bonus miles.

When members enter their MileagePlus number at the time of their donation, United will reward them based on the amount donated. The airline will award 250 bonus miles to members who donate $50 to $99, while donations of $100 to $249 will be met by 500 bonus miles. Members who donate $250 or more will receive 1,000 bonus miles.

United said it will hand out up to 5 million bonus miles and provide up to $100,000 to match the donations to the aforementioned disaster relief organizations. 

"The thoughts of our entire United family are with the families and individuals affected by this devastating storm," the carrier's executive vice president and general counsel Brett Hart said in a statement last week. "Our customers and employees have shown their generosity and eagerness to help time and time again in disasters such as Hurricane Matthew. It is our hope that partnering with these organizations will help provide relief to those who need it most."

READ MORE: Flights Almost Back To Normal After Hurricane Matthew

To be eligible for bonus miles, members must donate before Oct. 21. As of Monday afternoon, United has raised nearly $300,000. 

Other Airlines Give Back

American Airlines also announced Friday that AAdvantage members who donate at least $50 to the Red Cross will receive complimentary miles. The airline will award 250 AAdvantage miles to members who donate $50 to $100, while those who donate more than $100 will be rewarded with 500 AAdvantage miles. 

The deadline to donate is Oct. 31.

According to American, a $20 donation provides a day of meals to victims of disasters and a $200 donation provides a full day of food and shelter for a displaced family of four.

On Thursday, Delta Air Lines confirmed that it was accepting donations for the Red Cross through a special page on the organization's website as well as SkyWish, where SkyMiles members can donate miles to Matthew relief efforts.


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