Update: TPG donates over $20K toward Australia fire relief; United offering up to 1,000 miles to donors

Jan 16, 2020

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with TPG’s donation match and United’s donation campaign. This post was originally published on Jan. 9, 2020.
Yet again, TPG readers have shown up and helped us reach one of our fundraising goals: support for the Australian Red Cross’ relief efforts in communities affected by the fires ravaging Australia.
In just six short days, we were able to raise $10,618, thanks to your generosity. As promised, we matched that, and on Jan. 15, 2019, we donated a total of $20,618 to the cause.
However, the fires are still raging and the recovery will take both significant time and money. We have left our GoFundMe campaign running and we will continue to send those donations from TPG readers on to the Australian Red Cross.
Another great way to help out Australia is by taking a trip there if you can.
United Airlines is offering another way to give to Australia relief efforts by matching donations through a GoFundMe campaign, up to a total of $50,000. At the time this article was published, United’s page had already raised over $558,000 that will go towards GlobalGiving, a charity that has set up The Australian Wildfire Relief Fund to support immediate relief efforts for people in the fire zones.
United is also offering MileagePlus members bonus miles for donating. Members will earn bonus miles based on the following tiers:
  • $50-99 donation = +250 MileagePlus award miles
  • $100-$249 = +500 MileagePlus award miles
  • $250 or more = +1,000 MileagePlus award miles

To receive a bonus, MileagePlus members must enter a valid MileagePlus account number and donate via the GoFundMe page by Feb. 5, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. CST. All donations are tax deductible.

Related: The best credit cards for charitable donations

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