Frequent flier miles being used for Hurricane Harvey relief

Chicago Tribune

Those frequent flier miles were never going to get you to Bora Bora, so you might consider donating them to a good cause.

Southwest and Alaska airlines are encouraging customers to hand over their miles (or, in the case of Southwest, points) to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Alaska says it will “match the first million miles donated,” while Southwest customers are able to divert their points to a variety of organizations. Southwest tweeted that it’s kicking in 5 million points to the Red Cross and other groups.

But if you just can’t let the Bora Bora dream go, United and American are here for you. Both airlines are offering frequent flier miles in exchange for donations to Harvey relief.

Through Sept. 24, members of American’s AAdvantage program can earn 10 miles for every dollar donated with a minimum $25 donation to the Red Cross. United, meanwhile, is pledging to match the first $200,000 in donations to various organizations while offering members of its loyalty program up to 1,000 bonus miles for a minimum $50 donation.

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