Giving Tuesday: Your Spare United Miles Can Bring Together Families With Dying Loved Ones

Give A Mile’s Year-End Campaign To Raise United Airlines Miles
Give A Mile’s Year-End Campaign To Raise Air Canada Points

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.

Thank you!

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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