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Once again, airlines are stepping up to incentivize donations for those affected by natural disasters. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have each donated $1 million to the American Red Cross in anticipation of Hurricane Florence relief efforts, while Southwest and United Airlines have each contributed $500,000.
Additionally, American frequently offers a generous 10x AAdvantage miles bonus for donations toward disaster relief, and its Hurricane Florence partnership with the American Red Cross is no exception. Donors will receive 10x AAdvantage miles for a minimum donation to the American Red Cross through this link through Sept. 21. The miles will be deposited into your AAdvantage mileage account 30 to 45 business days after the payment is made.
Donating through AA benefits charitably-inclined points and miles geeks who:
- Need to reach a minimum spend requirement to earn a credit-card sign-up bonus
- Need a boost toward reaching a spending threshold.
- Are just shy of a redemption, as long as you don’t need the miles any time soon
- Whose AAdvantage miles will soon expire, without having an easy way of generating activity
TPG currently values AAdvantage miles at 1.4 cents per point, so you will earn the equivalent of a 14% rebate on your donation, even before factoring the points and miles you’d earn from the credit-card purchase.
Since credit cards have cut back on charity bonus categories, you’ll want to use a general spending credit card such as The Blue Business℠ Plus Card from American Express (2x Membership Rewards points on the first $50k of spending per year), Chase Freedom Unlimited (1.5x Ultimate Rewards points on all spending) or Bank of America Premium Rewards credit card (2.63% cashback if you have substantial assets with BOA or Merrill Lynch) unless you’re working toward a minimum spend requirement.
While Delta Air Lines isn’t offering any rewards for good deeds, SkyMiles loyalists also have options to contribute relevant resources. Delta has created a dedicated microsite for Delta customers to donate cash. Alternatively, Medallion members can donate miles through SkyWish, Delta’s charitable branch of the SkyMiles frequent flyer program.
If you’re in a giving mood, TPG currently offers a generous range of prizes for contributing to our Make-A-Wish fundraising campaign.
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