Frequent Flyer Miles Help the Red Cross Go the Distance
You can put your un-used miles to work for the Red Cross through the generosity of several major airlines. The airline partners listed below permit their loyalty program members to donate their miles to help our volunteers and staff get to critical areas. Thanks to people like you who donate their miles, the Red Cross can fulfill our mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
American Airlines AAdvantage® members may donate miles in 1,000-mile increments to American’s Miles of Hope program, which supports humanitarian organizations like the Red Cross.
Delta Air Lines supports the Red Cross by allowing its SkyMiles customers to donate their frequent flyer miles through Delta’s SkyWish program. Delta customers can donate miles through the Delta SkyWish website.
Southwest Airlines supports the Red Cross through the donation of Rapid Rewards Points. In order to participate, customers must donate a minimum of 2,000 points, and in 500 point increments thereafter. Donations can be made through the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards
Mileage Plus members can make donations to the American Red Cross through United Airline's Mileage Plus charity program. The minimum mileage requirement for a donation is 1,000 miles. All donations should be made by visiting the Mileage Plus Service Center or by calling 1-800-421-4655.
For Those Donating Air Travel
If you would like to donate your frequent flyer miles to the Red Cross, please contact your airline. The IRS recognizes the donation of airline miles or points as a gift from the airline to the charitable organization. Therefore, miles donated to the Red Cross are not considered tax-deductable by the individual donor. For further information, consult IRS Publication 526 and/or your personal tax advisor.
For Those Seeking Donated Air Travel
The miles donated through these agreements are used solely for Red Cross mission-related travel. The Red Cross often receives requests to use these donated air miles for people who need assistance to travel due to a medical or other personal emergency, such as a death in the family. Due to the restrictions noted above, miles donated to the Red Cross cannot be used by individuals or groups of people with travel needs that are beyond the scope of the Red Cross mission.
You can find a list of flying organizations and volunteer pilots who fly to help others on the Air Care Alliance's* website. This organization is not affiliated with the Red Cross. Any questions or flight scheduling must be directed to the volunteer pilots or Air Care Alliance.
*By clicking on the link to the Air Care Alliance, the user acknowledges, understands and agrees that THE AMERICAN RED CROSS IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH AND DOES NOT ENDORSE, SPONSOR, VOUCH FOR OR RECOMMEND THE AIR CARE ALLIANCE, ANY OF THE INDIVIDUAL PILOTS, FLIGHT ORGANIZATIONS. MEDICAL SUPPORT SERVICES AND AIR CARE GROUPS LISTED ON THE AIR CARE ALLIANCE WEB SITE, NOR IS THE RED CROSS VOUCHING FOR THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY OR GENERAL COMPETENCY OF SUCH PILOTS OR GROUPS NOR FOR THE CONDITION, MAINTENANCE, OPERATION OR USE OF ANY OF THEIR AIRCRAFT OR FLIGHT SUPPORT SERVICES. THIS LINK SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS APPROVAL OF, OR CERTIFICATION OF, THE SAFE OPERATION OF ANY AIRCRAFT.