Run out of people who will listen to you moan about having no chance to redeem your hard-worn miles? Find an alternative – give them away, and encourage others to do the same.
Below are ten loyalty programmes that give members the opportunity to donate miles to charity. We will keep updating this but if you know of more, let us know.
In each case, simply click on the link for more information.
2. Delta Air Lines
Through Delta Air Lines’ Sky Miles, travellers can donate to charities by region – US, Asia, Latin America & Caribbean and Europe, Middle East & Africa. Over 30 charities are sponsored (in Europe it is Unicef, Habitat for Humanity and Make a Wish International), and up to five charities can be processed in one transaction.
3. American Airlines and US Airways
Both airlines use the AAdvantage program, which offers two options – either donate miles to a cause or donate cash to a cause and receive miles. The airline’s AA Miles for kids in need distributes money to various children’s charities including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (US), the Something MAAgic Foundation, Give Kids the World Village, Snowball Express, Unicef and Make a Wish.
9. Cathay Pacific and Dragonair
Flyers who earn Asia Miles when flying with Cathay Pacific or Dragonair can now donate to one of five charities. Each donation must be at least 10,000 miles, but can move upwards in increments of 5,000. UNICEF and the International Red Cross Movement are some of the charities that are featured. Asia Miles can also be contributed to FLY greener, a programme that allows you to reduce your carbon footprint.
10. Air France and KLM
Flying Blue, Air France and KLM’s frequent flyer programme, has selected 14 charities to which its members may donate miles. Members can choose between a variety of charitable organisations – donated miles could help doctors provide emergency aid to people whose lives are in danger or help to close the divide between those who have access to ICT and those who don’t.
So, don’t let your unused miles go to waste, donate them to one or a variety of the charities sponsored by the programmes above.
Brooke Bumgarner and Phoebe Jayes