Etihad Airways has collaborated with the United Nations Refugee Agency and Emirates Red Crescent in the Middle East, to enable donated loyalty miles to be used to support efforts against coronavirus outbreaks in refugee settings.

The carrier is encouraging Etihad Guest members to donate their miles, which will be used to buy healthcare equipment including ventilators, gloves, masks and soap. Members will receive information detailing the monetary value of their donated miles.

Etihad said that the partnership “aims to support basic infection control and adequate containment measures for refugees and other forcibly displaced people”.

“In these extraordinary times, we need to demonstrate solidarity and cooperation to support those in need,” said Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group.

“Coronavirus does not discriminate and hits the most vulnerable the hardest. Our members have always been so charitable when donating miles and we thank them in advance for continuing to be so generous with their hard-earned miles”.

Business Traveller recently published a round up of how frequent flyer miles can be donated to charity with carriers including Air France KLM, American Airlines, Cathay, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and United.

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