Donate cash or miles for Philippines disaster relief


Airlines are joining in to provide disaster relief for the victims of super-typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and once again, some airlines are offering a bit of an incentive to get you to pony up some cash as well.

I’ll add to list as announcements are made, but for now United Airlines has announced that it will provide a one-time mileage bonus to MileagePlus members who donate cash to the Red Cross. The airline has set aside 5 million miles for this initiative.

MileagePlus members who give between $50-$99 will receive 250 bonus miles. Contribute $100-$249 and you’ll get 500 bonus miles. Donate more than $250 and you’ll get 1,000 miles.

In addition to awarding those bonus miles, United’s foundation will donate up to $50,000 to match donations to partner organizations from United customers and employees.

Here’s a link to get you started.

The Red Cross also accepts donations of miles on Delta, United, US Airways to be used to get volunteers to disaster areas. Find out more here.

And here are some other ways you can help the typhoon victims.

How to donate airline miles, hotel points & money to storm relief efforts

LaGuardia Airport during the storm. Courtesy Port Authority New York & New Jersey

A lot of people need – and will continue to need – help recovering from Superstorm Sandy and several airlines are offering incentives for their customers to make cash donations to the Red Cross and other relief organizations.

Here are a few options:

JetBlue  is matching up to $50,000 in customer donations to the Red Cross and will give 6 TrueBlue points for every dollar you donate through 11/30/12.

On Thursday, the United Airlines Foundation announced that it upped from $50,000 to $100,000 the amount of donations it will match to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares and Feeding America. MileagePlus members who give a minimum of $50 will receive 250 bonus miles, and those who contribute $100 or more will receive 500 bonus miles. Find details here.

American Airlines is encouraging people to donate to the Red Cross as well. Through November 30, 2012, AAdvantage members can earn a one-time award of 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for a minimum $50 donation, or 500 AAdvantage bonus miles for a donation of $100. Details here.

The Delta Air Lines Foundation has given $100,000 to the Red Cross for storm relief and is encouraging customers to donate Sky Miles to the Red Cross for storm relief.

This page on the Red Cross website lists ways you can donate miles from Delta, United and US Airways and this page on the Red Cross website lists ways you can donate credit card rewards and hotel points from Choice Hotels, Hilton, Marriott and Starwood properties.

Hilton HHonors has partnered with GlobalGiving and from now until December 31, 2012 will give you 10 HHonors Bonus Points for every $1 USD donated to support the relief efforts. Hilton is also  matching all donations up to $100,000. Donate here.

Starwood has announced that it will match donations of at least 2,000 Starpoints made by members of the Starwood Preferred Guests program to the American Red Cross through November 30, 2012. (2,0000 Starpoints equals a $25 donation.) Donate here.

Know of another airline, hotel, car rental or travel-related organization offering matches or bonuses to those who help out with storm relief? Let me know and I’ll update this list.