I know watching the news stories about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey can make you feel helpless. The scope of this event just causes you to feel numb and you want to do something but don’t know how you can help.
Luckily, most of the airline and hotel programs are making it easy to contribute in any way you can. Even if you don’t have cash to spare, you can donate those random points you have here and there to the recovery effort. Face it, it’s better to donate them than redeem them for some magazines that you’ll never read. Personally, I have points with LaQuinta and Choice that I’m going to donate right now.
Here are the links to the program pages where you can make donations.
(Thanks to our reader John B. for the tip on this way that you can to contribute to the relief effort)
Best Western – https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/rewards/redeem-awards.html
Southwest Airlines – (Southwest® will also be donating 5,000,000 points among American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, and the All Hands Volunteers. These organizations are directly involved with disaster relief in areas affected by Harvey. Points donations can enable relief workers and volunteers to travel to areas in need.) https://www.southwest.com/html/rapidrewards/promotions/donate-points-charity.html?clk=HOMEPROMO3_HUR170830
Delta Airlines – To help support victims of Hurricane Harvey, SkyMiles Members can donate miles to the American Red Cross. Delta Air Lines has committed to match miles donated up to a total of 10 million miles. https://www.delta.com/buygftxfer/displayDonateMiles.action
JetBlue -TrueBlue members can help through our Points Donation program by donating their points to Americares to help benefit those who have been hit hardest by Harvey. JetBlue will match up to 250,000 TrueBlue points donated to Americares through September 30, 2017. – https://trueblue.jetblue.com/web/trueblue/charity
Alaska – To donate miles to hurricane relief efforts, Alaska Mileage Plan members can log into their mileage account, click the donate miles link, and select the Alaska Airlines Charity Miles pool. – https://www.alaskaair.com/mileageplan/ssl/Donate/DonateMiles.aspx
While you can not directly donate miles from United or American to the relief effort, you can donate miles from them to the Red Cross. Instructions on how to do this are located at the Red Cross website. United will also give you bonus miles for donations made at this link. You can also earn bonus miles for American Airlines for making donations here.
Credit Card Programs
American Express – Hurricane Harvey Relief: Our thoughts are with those affected by Harvey. We’re working with customers in FEMA impacted areas. Please click here to learn more. We’re also supporting relief efforts through a donation to the American Red Cross. If you’d like to help, you can use your American Express® Card or Membership Rewards® Points by donating now.
If you know of any other links to donate points or miles, let me know and I’ll add it to the list.
I’m sending out positive vibes to all of you affected by Hurricane Harvey and I know this is going to be an ongoing struggle for quite some time. Hopefully some of the money donated through these means will help you through. Please know that we are there for you.
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