With air travel grounded, and frontline health workers overtaxed, this might be the best time ever to donate your air miles to charity, Lifehacker reports. But how exactly can you do that? Well, the outlet lays it out.
- Make sure your airline plan allows donations. Air Canada Aeroplan, Alaska Airlines LIFT Miles, American Airlines AAdvantage, Delta SkyMiles, Frontier Miles, JetBlue TrueBlue, KLM Flying Blue, Lufthansa Miles & More, Southwest Rapid Reward, United MileagePlus and Virgin Atlantic do allow donations. Some hotels rewards programs also allow them, so check with yours.
- How donating points and miles works. All you need to do is access your programs online, and select the charity you want to donate to, and add the exact amount of miles/points you wish to donate.
- Make sure your charity accepts travel miles donations. American Red Cross, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Canine Assistants, CARE, Feeding America,Make-A-Wish, The Nature Conservancy, and UNICEF all partner with hotels and airlines. Your airline or hotel will have their own lists of charitable organizations that they have partnered with.
- How points/miles translates to charity. Most will use to help service members, nurses, doctors, and in some cases, people in need of quarantine with accommodations and flights.
- Are these donations tax-deductible? Unfortunately, no, according to the IRS.