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Donate miles and money to help Miles4Migrants get Ukrainians to safety during the Russian invasion

April 27, 2022
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Donate miles and money to help Miles4Migrants get Ukrainians to safety during the Russian invasion
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It's been two months since Russia's unjust and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The images coming out of the country are horrifying, and millions of Ukrainians have already fled to nearby countries for safety.

To assist Ukrainians in finding safety abroad, The Points Guy and our sister company Lonely Planet have teamed up with Miles4Migrants to provide assistance to those needing transportation out of Ukraine. Miles4Migrants is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses donated airline miles and cash to provide airfare to refugees to get them to safety.

Miles4Migrants and TPG have a long-standing partnership. And with the nonprofit expecting a surge in booking requests over the coming months, it's time for us to lend them a hand again.

The Points Guy and Lonely Planet are both matching donations up to $5,000 to aid Miles4Migrants' Ukraine relief — and we're asking for your help too.

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How your airline miles can help Ukrainians

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In the case of Ukrainian refugees, Miles4Migrants is actively booking flights to get Ukrainians from temporary housing in bordering countries like Poland and Slovakia to longer-term homes in other locations worldwide. The nonprofit works with its network of partner organizations to identify Ukrainians needing flight assistance and verify that the person has legal permission to travel.

Over the years, Miles4Migrants has redeemed over 370 million miles to help more than 30,000 people travel. This amounts to over $8 million worth of flights, all of which have helped people from 90-plus countries of origin get to safety or reunite with family.

Donate here to help us raise miles and money for refugees in Ukraine and around the world.

On the miles side, the nonprofit accepts all points and miles donations, but it has the biggest need for the following currencies:

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You can also donate cash or flight vouchers to assist in paying award taxes and fees or cash tickets when it makes sense. Regardless, your donation goes right to booking flights to help refugee families in need of a safe place to stay. Cash donations are tax deductible, but donations of miles, points and vouchers are not.

When you donate miles, Miles4Migrants will match you with an individual or family needing assistance. Then, the organization will send you instructions on booking an award ticket for your match. This is largely because most airline programs do not let you transfer miles between accounts for free, so it's more cost-effective to simply book a ticket right from your account.

Regardless of how much money or how many miles you donate, you can make a real difference in the life of a refugee. It could mean the difference between being reunited with family quickly, or continuing to wait in a temporary housing situation. So if you have miles to spare, please consider donating them to Miles4Migrants so they can help refugees find safety.

Related: Standing with Ukraine: How you can join us in supporting the country now

Feature photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Sometimes it's worth a large investment to reap the benefits of a great credit card. That's exactly the case with the Amex Platinum card. In exchange for the annual fee, you'll unlock access to the Amex Membership Rewards program that let you access airline and hotel transfer partners, along with new lifestyle and travel credits. This card is also incredibly rewarding for travel purchases, helping you rack up a ton of Membership Rewards points for your next award trip.

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  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
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  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • Get up to $300 back per calendar year on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Learn more.
  • Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees