Last updated: 06:22 PM ET, Thu May 07 2015

United Airlines Pitching in to Help Nepal Support Efforts

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | April 28, 2015

United Airlines Pitching in to Help Nepal Support Efforts

The rescue and cleanup efforts following the earthquake in Nepal continue, and the travel industry is stepping up in the wake of the destruction to lend a helping hand to those impacted by the tragedy.

One of the companies doing its part is United Airlines.

According to the Chicago-based airline, the company will be teaming with the American Red Cross, Americares, Airlink and Operation USA to help provide aid for those affected by the disaster.

United began its campaign on Monday to match donations from customers and employees up to $50,000. Add in the fact that the airline is also offering bonuses to MileagePlus members who donate, and the company is giving customers every incentive to help a good cause.

United Airlines senior vice president of corporate and government affairs, Mark Anderson, released a statement about the natural disaster and how his company is helping out:

“Our hearts are with those living and working in Nepal as they recover from this devastating event. Our employees and customers always want to help in times like these, and we want to recognize their generosity by offering a mileage bonus incentive to our MileagePlus members who are supporting this critical humanitarian relief effort.”

For members who hold a MileagePlus card, the company is offering a maximum of five million miles on a first-come, first-served basis. The miles breakdown is simple; donating $50-99 will get a member 250 bonus miles, donating $100-249 will get a member 500 bonus miles and donating $250 or more will get a member 1,000 bonus miles.

To make a donation, travelers should visit the airline's fundraising page before it closes on May 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Another way for members to contribute to the aid fund would be by donating their frequent flier miles. United will give the miles to international relief organizations in order to help them save on costs of personnel traveling to Nepal and focus more on aid efforts.

Regardless of how people donate, everyone should try to help out as much as they can in this time of need.

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