Individuals, organizations, and corporations are gathering humanitarian aid for the Ukrainian people fleeing the Russian invasion. Airlines are joining the effort and encouraging travelers to pitch in too.
United Airlines award bonus milies for donations
United Airlines MileagePlus members can donate cash or miles to the airline’s signature relief partners – Airlink, Americares, American Red Cross, and World Central Kitchen – by visiting united.com/UkraineSupport.
United will be matching the first five million miles donated and the first $100,000. To encourage donations, United is also awarding bonus miles to anyone who gives $50 or more.
- Donate $50 – $99 and earn 250 bonus miles
- Donate $100 – $249 and earn 500 bonus miles
- Donate $250 or more and earn 1,000 bonus miles
“The human tragedy we are witnessing in Ukraine is horrifying and has shocked us all so we’re doing our part to quickly help get aid to the people who desperately need relief,” said United President Brett Hart. “Our partners have been on the ground for more than a week and it’s clear they need more resources to fulfill their mission of flying workers and supplies to and from the frontlines of this crisis.”
Throughout March, American Airlines funds collected online and on flights to and from international destinations and Hawaii by flight attendants through American’s partnership with UNICEF’s Change for Good program will go to support UNICEF and its humanitarian response in Ukraine.
The carrier says the funds will help reach vulnerable children and families in Ukraine and provide assistance with basic services including water, sanitization, immunization, and health care, as well as schooling and learning support and emergency cash assistance for up to 7.5 million children.
“It is deeply troubling to see the humanitarian crisis unfolding as a result of the conflict in Ukraine,” said Brady Byrnes, Vice President of Flight Service for American. “Our purpose at American Airlines is to care for people on life’s journey and in order to truly fulfill that purpose, we must step up when it matters most.”
The UNICEF Change for Good program is an alliance between the UNICEF and the international airline industry to convert spare change donated by customers traveling on aircraft into critical services and supplies for vulnerable children around the world.
In addition, all AAdvantage miles donated to American’s Miles for Social Good program during March will be directed to Airlink to help transport physicians and relief workers to Eastern Europe to assist with humanitarian relief in Ukraine. Airlink is a global humanitarian organization delivering critical aid to communities in crisis by providing airlift and logistical solutions to nonprofit partners responding to disasters around the world.
We’ll add more airline efforts to support Ukrainian refugees as we find them.