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Donate your miles this Giving Tuesday and United Airlines will match up to 5 million miles

Dec. 01, 2020
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Donate your miles this Giving Tuesday and United Airlines will match up to 5 million miles
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DONATE HERE AND UNITED WILL MATCH UP TO 5 MILLION MILES


With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, we're now fully into the holiday season. Unfortunately, this time of year can bring notable difficulties to those in need — and with the economic fallout from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this month may be especially challenging.

That's why we're so excited to once again partner with United Airlines for Giving Tuesday — an international day of charitable giving celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (Dec. 1 in 2020). And we can't think of a better way to kick off the holidays than donating miles to those who need them most as part of the 2020 TPG Awards.

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Just like last year, this partnership will see United Airlines match all miles donated at a 1:1 ratio for up to 5 million MileagePlus miles for its Miles on a Mission program. This year will include nearly 40 non-profit organizations and campaigns that work on a myriad of causes — from disaster relief to diversity & inclusion initiatives to educational opportunities. Each participating charity can receive a match of up to 125,000 miles, and the match will continue until the five-million-mile threshold is hit — whether that's today or in the days or weeks to come.

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Here's a sample of the participating organizations this year:

  • Rainbow Railroad: We're proud to work closely with Rainbow Railroad, an organization that helps those who identify as members of the LGBTQI community find asylum from their countries of origin where they are persecuted.
  • College to Congress: The College to Congress scholarship eliminates the financial burden associated with interning in DC. For every intern that is accepted into our program and hired by a member office, we cover housing, food, a professional wardrobe, and transportation to and from Washington, DC.
  • Compass to Care: This Chicago-based organization assists children suffering from cancer by providing travel to receive life-saving cancer treatments, as 30% of children diagnosed with cancer do not live within 60 miles of an oncologist.
  • Lily’s Hope Foundation: The Lily's Hope Foundation empowers families with unexpected and urgent needs due to premature birth. Lily's Hope accomplishes this by providing aid, hope and resources to families with preemies through our Packages of Hope program.
  • Up2UsSports: An organization that works to engage, train and support coaches to serve as mentors and role models for youth in underserved communities all across the U.S.

Best of all, it’s up to you to decide which charity or mission you're most passionate about. You can review a full list of participating organizations and campaigns and donate your miles at this page.

Miles on a Mission first launched in Oct. 2019 and has helped raise more than 92 million miles since then. It's one of the many ways that United Airlines gives back to the communities it serves by providing an opportunity for its customers to do some good with their miles.

If you're sitting on a huge balance of MileagePlus miles thanks to canceled trips and want to give back this holiday season, consider donating them to a worthy cause today — and if you do, be sure to share on your social channels and tag @thepointsguy and United Airlines with the #MilesOnAMission.

For more information on this program, check out the following video:

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  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
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  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
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4 / 5
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Rewards Rate

10xEarn 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
5xEarn 5x total points on flights through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
3xEarn 3x points on other travel and dining.
1xEarn 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

    80,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $550
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more