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It’s better to give than to receive, and over the holidays, that’s especially true. Personally, I feel so fortunate to have gotten so much support from all of you and to have built up such a strong community. I can’t thank you enough.
My thoughts at this time of year always turn to charity, and I try to give back as a way of giving thanks for all I have. I’ve posted in the past about the various worthy charities to which you can donate miles and points, including The Wounded Warrior Project and The Dream Foundation. However, I know that a lot of deserving charities that are doing great work are strapped for cash these days, so one of the best ways you can support them is by giving money to them–no matter the amount–and that way you will also be sure that your donation is tax-deductible. I don’t mean to discourage anyone who is cash-strapped but points-rich, so give whatever you can, in any currency.
Speaking of which, I’d like to give away a few perks that I’ve picked up through my own travels, including elite status and points. I’m going to be giving away:
-Delta Silver Medallion elite status valid through February 2013 (I’ll select this as my Platinum Choice Benefit)
-10,000 Amex Membership Rewards Points (from my past bump bonuses)
-Four $50 American Airlines gift certificates (from my Amex Platinum $200 benefit)-
-Motorola Bluetooth Stereo Headphones from the Verizon e-store 83,871 AA mile debacle (which I forgot to return)
-A signed copy of my friend and TPG reader Danyelle Freeman’s book, Try This: Traveling the Globe Without Leaving the Table
-A canister of ultra rich Turkish ground coffee that I picked up on my recent trip to Istanbul
-A sealed Delta amenity kit and a bunch of other random goodies like free drink coupons and Anna’s Cookies from the US Airways Grand Slam promotion
All you have to do for the chance to win one of these prizes is leave a comment below telling me what your favorite charity is and why you think it’s great. I’ll be drawing random winners on Christmas day and will reach out individually to winners (so make sure you sign in with your correct email address, but do not write it in the text of your comment).
I can’t wait to hear what you think and about all the charities you personally support. Happy giving season!