If you have some odd bunches
of miles floating about (not enough for an award ticket), you can
use them up with magazine subscriptions purchased by miles or you
can follow the spirit of the heart and donate them to various charities.
- Alaska Airlines Charity Miles requires a
minimum donation of 5,000 miles. Call 800-654-5669 or write Alaska
Airlines Mileage Plan, P.O. Box 24948, Seattle, WA 98125-0948.
- America West Miles Of Hope uses miles to
transport volunteers for disaster relief, fulfills travel wishes
for terminally ill children, provides air transportation for terminally
ill patients and reunites children in crisis' with their families.
Donations must be in 5,000-mile increments. Call 800-247-5691
or write FlightFund Service Center, P.O. Box 20050, Phoenix, AZ
- American Airlines Miles For Kids In Need
(800-882-8880) uses donated miles for flight needs and requests
of terminally ill children. Donations must be in 5,000-mile increments.
American matches every 3,000 miles donated with 1,000 miles.
- Continental OnePass Give The Extra Mile
accepts donations in any increment. Choose from five charities:
Multiple Sclerosis, Disable Sports, Brass Ring, AmeriCares and
CAREFORCE. Call 713-952-1630 or write Continental OnePass, P.O.
Box 4365, Houston, TX 77210-4365.
- Delta SkyWish accepts donations for Make-A-Wish,
CARE and The United Way. Donations must be in 5,000-mile increments.
Delta will contribute 1,000 miles for every 5,000 miles donated.
Submit a letter including account number to SkyMiles Service Center,
P.O. Box 20532, Atlanta, GA
30320-2532 or fax to 404-773-1945.
- Midwest Express Miracle Miles (800-452-2022)
accepts donations in 1,000-mile increments. Donate 15,000 or more
miles and you can name the charity of your choice. The airline
adds one mile for every three miles on donations of 5,000 or more
miles. You can pool miles from more than one account to meet minimums.
- Northwest AirCares selects a new charity
each quarter. The minimum donation is 5,000 miles. If you donate
5,000 miles, you receive a 500 mile bonus. The charity for this
quarter is the March of Dimes. Call 800-327-2881.
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- United accepts donations for a number of charities.
Call 605-399-2400 or write Mileage Plus, Charity Department, P.O.
Box 40, Rapid City, SD 57709.