Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hurricane Sandy donations update

A couple of days ago, I posted about United and American Airlines offering bonus award miles for donating to several non-profit relief groups.  United, who originally pledged to match the first $50,000 donated to the Red Cross, AmeriCares, and Feeding America, has since upped their pledge to match the first $100,000 donated to the relief groups.  Red Cross donations blew through the $100k threshold, but AmeriCares and Feeding America are still significantly short, so if you haven't done so already, I'd recommend donating to them as your donation will be effectively doubled by United.  Not only will you be helping millions of people in desperate need, you'll also receive 250 award miles for donations of $50+ and 500 miles for donations of $100+.
Hilton has since joined in on their effort to encourage their customers to donate to Hurricane Sandy disaster relief by partnering with GlobalGiving and offering 10 Hilton Honors bonus points per $1 donated.  Like United, Hilton will also match the first $100,000 donated.  The maximum you can receive is 100,000 bonus points, which amounts to $10,000 in donations. Since there's no minimum requirement aside from the $1, this is ideal for members wishing to donate <$50 as AA and United will only offer bonus miles for donations of $50+.  Regardless, it's encouraging to see all these travel corporations getting involved and encouraging us to do our part in making a positive difference.

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