(Video) My Ride Along The Snowball Express and My Million Mile Donation

by on December 25, 2013 · 12 comments

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A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure and the honor of riding along on American Airlines’ Snowball Express, a charity event that helps the children and families of our fallen military heroes and treats them to a weekend of holiday fun and wonderful memories in Dallas-Ft. Worth. I had donated the one million frequent flyer miles I’d earned during the eBags 35X miles promo back in October to the charity run by American Airlines, Kids in Need, and they in turn allotted a portion of my donation to this particular event.

264641_239869546041052_8134106_nOver 2,000 people were flown to Dallas from around the country and American had actually donated 9 charter jets to bring many of the families there. My miles came in handy for flying people who weren’t in the cities serviced by charters- and apparently my donation allowed them to clear a bunch of families who were on the waitlist to attend, which felt great to hear! There ended up being a couple seats on one of the charter planes out of Nashville and when I was presented with the opportunity to  tag along by American Airlines, I didn’t hesitate for a second because it was a rare chance to see airline miles put to great use in a charity setting.

From the start of the event at 6am at Nashville airport, the spirit was incredible and overall I was blown away to be able to see this incredible charity in action. Take a look at my experience below- understandably I didn’t record any of my experiences with the families I met, but you can still get a feel for the event. I can’t express how much it meant for these families, who are dealing with such tragedy, to be able to bond and focus on giving kids the best experience possible.

We’re at that time of year where we all think of others just a little bit more and give of our time, money and resources to those in need. My experience has made me want to do even more, and I hope you enjoyed the video and that if you haven’t already, you’ll consider giving to a worthy organization. I feel so blessed with all the wonderful things I get to do and people I get to meet – and my readers are a huge part of that, so I cannot thank you enough for making The Points Guy the site it is. This was just one way to give back, but I’ll be looking for more in the future, and I welcome your suggestions.

In the meantime, I wish you all a very merry Christmas, a happy, healthy holiday season and a great new year with a lot more travel, many more points, and the opportunity to do good in the world.

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  • Tom

    We really are fortunate to have the incredible opportunities we have with miles and points, but this really puts it all in perspective. Thanks for showing this great side of what miles and points can do for people. Well done TPG!

  • K.C.

    Being in the service and also being a loyal follower I wanted to say how awesome this is to see. Way to go TPG. Thanks all for the support.

  • disqus_zgyxAmiHSg

    Love it! Thank you, Points Guy, for all that you do!

  • Yuriy

    Very inspirational. Thank You!!!

  • Steven

    Very nice story! But quick question: Did you donate USD29,000 to charity!?

  • Eric

    Bravo TPG!! This puts everything into perspective. Bless your heart man.

  • David D

    Well, I know where I’ll be signing up for all my (and friends & family) CC’s. This is incredibly inspirational given the attraction of other options with 1 million miles. Thank you.

  • dee seiffer

    Nice job, Brian! I’m sure those families are very grateful. You looked like you had a great time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. BTW – how is Grandma?

  • dee seiffer

    Steven, he posted a while ago that he donated $29,000 worth of designer bags to a charity auction + the million AA miles to Snowball Express.

  • Mike Boynton

    From the guy who spent your miles on our families… thank you sir. You helped make this a great year.

    A few statistics:
    Over 1700 family members
    9 donated charted jets crewed by volunteers, carried over 1300 passengers from 26 cities
    Air Miles added another 100 flights from over 75 cities touching 4 Continents.
    We used over 16 million donated miles.

    We pull off an amazing feat with hundreds of volunteers and only one paid employee.
    Five minutes with just one of these kids makes it all worth it.

    We could not do this without people like you. See you next year.

    Mike Boynton
    Airlift Coordinator
    Snowball Express

  • Leslie Ponder

    It was an honor to meet you on the Nashville charter! Thank you from the bottom of this Snowball family’s hearts!! Hope you can come next year! Plus you promised us a one on one talk about travel tips! Ha ha

  • Sherry Cartwright

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your donation to this very worthy cause. I am a flight attendant for AA and is our honor to be able to volunteer for this event!!! Although I didn’t get to fly any of the charters this year, I was able to volunteer on the ground in Nashville! Great turnout!

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