Regular readers may know that I joined the board of Give A Mile about a year ago. There aren’t enough opportunities to use miles to accomplish charitable objectives. Most are airline-selected corporate charities.
Give A Mile is unique because they take donations of miles and actually use the miles to book flights for a really worthy cause: helping people to be together with loved ones in their last moments. The goal is that people shouldn’t die alone.
This is a small organization with a strong cadre of volunteers. There’s not much overhead. There’s no marketing department. Just people committed to do some good using miles. I’ve given a lot of my own miles to the cause.
Here’s the story of a recent flight Give A Mile booked, shared with permission. It’s the unedited request for help, not a promotional video.
Give a Mile does more than just spend your miles. They work with hospices, ICUs and hospitals to confirm details – they find the people who need help, validate their stories, and connect people in their last moments of life. They’re a 501(c)3 public charity and all miles going towards the program.
This is Gave a Mile’s year-end campaign to raise United Airlines miles. With United miles alone Give a Mile has been able to provide more than 120 trips since 2021 using 3.7 million donated miles. Here’s where you can donate Air Canada miles to the Give A Mile Canadian non-profit.
You can also donate cash instead, the goals here are very modest, this is a lean organization.
I’m low on United miles myself. I’ve been cleaning out my United account to make donations each time I build up a balance. With the last campaign I transferred Chase points to United in order to have the points to make a significant gift. I’ll do that again. But especially since I’m low right now, I’m hoping you’ll help me out by making your own donation of United miles now.