How you can donate your points and miles to charity

Nov 30, 2021

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The last two years have been difficult for us all, and especially for those in need. As money is tight during the pandemic, making monetary donations may not be feasible for many this year. But it’s certainly not the only way to show support for your community.

As much as we love to earn points and miles, we’ve learned to not hoard them, as they can be devalued at any time. In fact, we here on the TPG team have accrued lots of miles throughout the pandemic that many of us likely won’t redeem anytime soon. If you’re in the same boat, you can donate your points and miles to various organizations that are in need this Giving Tuesday.

Donating points and miles can be a great way to give back without shelling out any cash. It’s also an easy way to extend the validity of your points by resetting the expiration clock on your remaining balance.

Even small contributions can make a huge difference in another person’s life, so it’s worth learning how your unused points and miles can be put to good use. Plus, in the spirit of the holidays, many airline and hotel programs are matching donations made by members this month.

Here are some of the best opportunities to donate your points and miles to charity this year.

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Founded in 2016, Miles4Migrants is a nonprofit that accepts frequent flyer mile donations and uses them to book airfare for migrants with financial hardships. From refugees to asylum seekers, Miles4Migrants has helped over 2,500 people using over 40 million points and miles.

You can donate from a range of airline loyalty programs and credit card rewards, including:

To donate, you will need to pledge a minimum of 1,000 to 47,500 points or miles, depending on the program. Once you submit a pledge, the flight booking team at Miles4Migrants will match the miles donated to an individual in need. Keep in mind that the matching process can take weeks. Miles4Migrants will update you with the recipient’s photo and story of how your contribution has helped them.

Besides frequent flyer miles, you can also donate travel vouchers and cash. Miles4Migrants currently accepts vouchers from Alaska Airlines, United, British Airways, Southwest, JetBlue Airways and Allegiant Air. Additionally, cash donations also help to cover any award taxes, fees and surcharges.

How it works

A TPG staffer recently pledged to donate 15,000 JetBlue TrueBlue points. Shortly after, they received an email thanking them for their donation along with information on the next steps. They filled out a Google form with their contact information. Sometimes the turnover is fast, so you’ll want to provide the best way the organization can reach you. Miles4Migrants will also ask if you have a preference of whom you’d like your miles to be used for and how you’d like the reservation to be made.

(Screenshot courtesy of Miles4Migrants)

You will need to sign an electronic donor agreement and then provide your contact information to the flight booking team so they can discuss the use of your miles with you.

Related: You can earn bonus points or miles supporting coronavirus relief efforts


JustGiving is a fundraising platform that has more than 1.5 million nonprofits registered, including Malala Fund. American Express has partnered with JustGiving, so you can donate your Membership Rewards points to a charity of your choice.

(Screenshot courtesy of JustGiving)

To participate in this program, you must have an Amex Membership Rewards-earning card. Once you create an account and link your eligible card, you can apply your points at checkout. The donation amount can be covered entirely or partially by points.

When donating, your Membership Rewards points are worth 0.7 cents each, which is lower than TPG’s value of 2 cents apiece. Despite that, donating points instead of using cash at checkout can help offset your donation and is a solid option to consider.

Related: The best credit cards to maximize your nonprofit donation

Donating credit card points to charity

Amex points aren’t the only credit card points that can be donated to charity. Another easy way to make donations using credit card points is by using a fixed-value card to pay for donations and then using your points to “pay” for the charge on your statement.

As a part of Chase’s relatively new “Pay Yourself Back” featureChase Sapphire Reserve customers and Chase Sapphire Preferred Card customers can redeem Ultimate Rewards toward donations to eligible nonprofit organizations at 1.5 cents and 1.25 cents, respectively, until March 31, 2022. Eligible nonprofits include the following mix of social and racial justice, humanitarian aid and hunger relief organizations:

  • American Red Cross.
  • Equal Justice Initiative.
  • Feeding America.
  • Habitat for Humanity.
  • International Medical Corporation.
  • Leadership Conference Education Fund.
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
  • National Urban League.
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
  • United Negro College Fund.
  • United Way.
  • World Central Kitchen.

Citi also recently announced new charity partner redemption options. You can now donate ThankYou Rewards points at a rate of 1 cent apiece to the following nonprofits:

  • American Red Cross.
  • No Kid Hungry.
  • Smile Train.
  • Susan G. Komen.
  • World Central Kitchen.
  • UNICEF Kid Power.

(Screenshot courtesy of Citi)

Donating airline miles to charity

Many frequent flyer programs offer an option to donate your rewards to organizations they partner with. Note that this is not an entirely comprehensive list.

Loyalty program Charities Important information
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Alaska Airlines Disaster Relief Pool

Alaska Airlines Miles for Youth

Angel Flight West

Dream Foundation

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Foundation

Fisher House Foundation (Hero Miles)

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Medical Teams International

National Forest Foundation

The Nature Conservancy

Seattle Children’s Hospital

United Negro College Fund

A minimum donation of 1,000 miles is required.
American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for Social Good

Miles for Global Health and Well-Being

Miles for Heroes

Miles for our Planet

If you have fewer than 1,000 miles in your account, then you can donate all of them.
Delta SkyMiles American Red Cross

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Canine Assistants


Children’s Miracle Network

Fisher House Foundation (Hero Miles)

Habitat for Humanity

Junior Achievement USA

Luke’s Wings



St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The Nature Conservancy

The Salvation Army


In addition to the U.S.-based charities, you can donate to charities in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

You can donate to up to five charities in one transaction.

The minimum donation amount varies by charity.

Frontier Airlines Miles Austin Pets Alive!

American Red Cross

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Fisher House Foundation (Hero Miles)

Shriners Hospital

Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation

To donate, you must call 801-401-9003 in order to complete your transaction.

Frontier has an “all or nothing” policy, meaning that you must elect to donate all of the miles in your account.

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles American Cancer Society Hawaii Pacific

American Red Cross of Hawaii

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii

Blood Bank of Hawaii

The Coral Reef Alliance

Friends of Hokule’a and Hawai’iloa

Hawaiian Humane Society

HUGS (Help, Understanding, and Group Support)

Make-A-Wish Hawaii

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii

Shriners Hospital for Children of Honolulu

Special Olympics Hawaii

Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter

At the end of the year, Hawaiian Airlines will match up to half a million miles donated to each charity.

There is no minimum number of miles you must donate.

JetBlue Airways TrueBlue Rewards

American Red Cross


USO of Metropolitan of New York

Wildlife Conservation Society

Concern Worldwide

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Angel Flight

The JetBlue Foundation



First Book

FDNY Foundation


Cradle of Aviation

Ocean Foundation

New York Restoration Project

A minimum donation of 500 points is required.
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Honor Flight Network

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Student Conservation Association


Team Rubicon

United Negro College Fund

A minimum donation of 500 points is required, with a daily maximum of 60,000 points.
Sun Country Airlines Rewards Make-A-Wish Minnesota There is no minimum number of points you must donate.
United Airlines MileagePlus Air Camp

Airlink Flight

American Red Cross

Americares Foundation

Conservation International

Dream Foundation

Fisher House Foundation (Hero Miles)

Global Glimpse

Guide Dogs of America

Make-A-Wish Foundation

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mercy Medical Angels


Shriner’s Hospital

Special Olympics

The Ayuda Foundation

Transplant Recipients International Organization

United Service Organizations Charity

World Central Kitchen

United Service Organizations Charity

From Dec. 1 to 29, United will match miles donations up to 125,000 miles per charity, up to a total of 5 million miles for all charities.

A minimum donation of 1,000 miles is required.

Giving back through these partnerships can be a great way to donate smaller balances of points and miles. It’s also one of the easiest ways to keep your miles from expiring.

International airlines have similar charity partnerships. If you have mileage balances with Lufthansa, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic or Aeroplan, you can offer those up to charity too.

Related: How TPG is joining the fight for equality and justice

Donating hotel loyalty points to charity

In addition to airline loyalty programs, these hotel loyalty programs offer donation opportunities.

Loyalty program Charities Important information
Hilton Honors American Cancer Society

American Indian College Fund

American Red Cross

Arthritis Foundation

Arbor Day Foundation

Books for Kids Foundation

City of Hope

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation



Global Soap Project

GRAMMY Foundation

Habitat for Humanity

Hispanic Scholarship

Fund International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Kids Help Phone

Lance Armstrong Foundation

Make-A-Wish Foundation

National Coalition for the Homeless

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Nature Conservancy Operation

Homefront Operation


Room to Read

Special Olympics

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

U.S Olympic & Paralympic Teams

World Vision World Wildlife Fund

For every 10,000 points you donate, Hilton Honors will send $25 to that charity.

A minimum donation of 10,000 points is required.

You can also donate to practically any 501(c)(3) organization via PointWorthy from just 4,000 points ($10 donation). Unlike other gifts of points or miles, these donations typically are tax-deductible.

Marriott Bonvoy Al Jalila Foundation

Amazonas Sustainable Foundation

American Red Cross

Arbor Day Foundation

Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund

Asian University for Women

Bridges from School to Work

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Clean the World


Hotels for Heroes

Immigration Equality

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

International Rescue Committee

Marriott International Disaster Relief Fund

My Brothers Keeper

National Park Foundation Partnership with Marriott Bonvoy

NAACP Empowerment Programs

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

National Urban League (NUL)


Prince’s Trust

Prince’s Trust Canada

SOS Children’s Villages


WEConnect International

World Central Kitchen

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Yao Foundation

Youth Career Initiative

A minimum donation of 2,500 points is required.
IHG Rewards Club American Red Cross

CARE International UK

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Goodwill Industries

The Prince’s Trust

Youth Career Initiative

You can choose to donate 2,500, 5,000 or 10,000 IHG reward points at a time.

Related: TPG’s year of giving in review

Bottom line

While the TPG team loves to use points and miles for travel, donating them can go a long way to help someone in need, especially if you’re not traveling right now.

Keep in mind that points and miles donations are typically not considered tax-deductible, as the IRS recognizes award points and miles as a gift from a corporation or to the individual. However, if you plan to donate large amounts, you can always contact a tax professional to discuss your options.

Stella Shon contributed to this post.

Featured photo by Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/Getty Images.

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