Charity Opportunities

Maximizing Charitable Donations this Holiday Season

December 2, 2014

I often tell new award travel enthusiasts that one of the keys to accumulating points and miles is learning how to earn rewards on every purchase, and charitable donations are no exception. While your first consideration should be to the charity, today TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains ways you can also get while you give. The focus of this site is to help […]

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Our New Partnership With PeaceJam & 1 Billion Acts of Peace!

September 26, 2014

I am proud to announce TPG’s supporting partnership with PeaceJam and the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign. This remarkable organization harnesses the resources and wisdom of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates (from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the Dalai Lama) to inspire today’s youth to become leaders and create positive change on a global level. With over 17 years of experience, the […]

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Make-A-Wish Foundation Launches Wishes In Flight Airline Miles Donation Drive

April 5, 2014

This week, the Make-A-Wish Foundation launches Wishes in Flight, a month-long campaign to raise airline miles donations for wish-related travel. Each year, 10,000 kids and their families travel for wishes granted by the organization. Nearly 75% of all wishes involve travel to places including cultural sites, theme parks, sporting events and everything in between. In […]

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Will Airlines Let Me Transfer Miles For Free For Charity?

January 12, 2014

TPG reader Paul posted the following question on my Facebook wall: “My kids’ school is doing a charity auction and I would like to offer up miles as a prize. Can I transfer miles into someone else’s account without fees?” Donating miles to charity can be one of the most fulfilling ways to put your […]

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

December 25, 2013

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 […]

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Follow Me on the Snowball Express This Week

December 12, 2013

As I wrote last week, my main charity donation this holiday season was a two-parter. I donated approximately 100 designer handbags I had purchased during October’s amazing deal where you could earn 35 AAdvantage miles per dollar spent at to Housing Works, an organization in New York City which gives housing, medical, and legal support […]

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Tis’ The Season to Give: My Million Mile Donation To Kids In Need and How You Can Help Too

December 4, 2013

In the miles and points world it can be easy to become jaded with just how good we have it. Even though program devaluations are rampant and it is becoming harder (though far from impossible) to maximize miles and points, we still need to take a minute and be thankful that we are even able […]

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Maximize Monday: Giving Points And Miles For Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day is more than just a long weekend and a chance to get together with friends for barbecue and beer – it’s a chance to honor the men and women who have died serving in our armed forces. So for today’s Maximize Monday, I wanted to take a look at opportunities all of us […]

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Travel Tuesday Top 10: Charity Donations Using Points and Miles

April 16, 2013

With the terrible events in Boston yesterday and many of our thoughts turning to how we can personally contribute or donate to help in the wake of the marathon tragedy, I thought I’d put together a list of the best ways that you can put your points, miles and dollars to use by giving to […]

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WWE Star John Cena and United Airlines Will Match Your Miles Donation to Make A Wish

April 3, 2013

For over 30 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has become one of the world’s most famous charities thanks to efforts to make the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions come true, and to celebrate that wonderful mission, April 29 marks World Wish Day. To celebrate, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has launched a special nationwide campaign to […]

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Your Suitcase Can Change The World: Pack for a Purpose

February 7, 2013

Last week I wrote about visiting an orphanage during the safari portion of my trip to South Africa that my safari operator, Savanna Lodge, supports and helps run with help from a charity called Pack For A Purpose. Today, TPG contributor Stacy Suaya delves further into the travel-based charity and its work around the globe. […]

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Earning and Using Points For Hurricane Sandy Relief Donations

November 1, 2012

Update: You can no longer purchase Vanilla Reload cards using a credit card and Vanilla Reloads are no longer available in Office Depot. Not only did Hurricane Sandy throw everyone’s travel plans into chaos, but it also claimed dozens of lives, flooded cities and towns up and down the East Coast, left 8 million people […]

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100 Free American AAdvantage Miles With Facebook Sign-up

June 19, 2012

American AAdvantage is running a summer promotion to build awareness around their Kids in Need charity program, which allows AAdvantage members to donate miles to children in need. By visiting the Facebook page here and entering your AAdvantage number and email address, you’ll automatically get 100 miles posted to your account within 6-8 weeks. Plus, […]

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End of Year Charity Giveaway

December 25, 2011

More than 1,000 of you offered suggestions of fantastic charities for my end of the year  giveaway and I enjoyed reading every single entry. The reason why I asked everyone to give their suggestions on charities is because I need to do some giving myself and, as always, I look to TPG readers for advice. […]

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‘Tis The Season For Giving: TPG End of Year Giveaway

December 22, 2011

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 […]

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The Dream Foundation: Airline Miles For Charity

October 20, 2011

Recently I learned about an important charity through my friend and fellow blogger Rick, the Frugal Travel Guy. The Dream Foundation is a national non-profit that offers a very special service to adults who are facing a life-limiting disease or illness. This 17-year-old organization strives to grant one “dream” to each patient they work with […]

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