Donate Your Points To Charity
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What can I do with unused air miles?
Even if you don't have enough air miles for another trip, you probably have enough to make a charity fly. Many airlines allow you to donate air miles to a good cause.Three examples of "green" miles programs are:
- Lufthansa: "Miles and More" frequent flyer club members have the option of donating points to Living Lakes, an international network that aims to preserve lakes, biotopes and drinking water reservoirs for future generations;
- Continental: "One Pass Miles," in any increment, can be donated to Wheels for Humanity , an organization that refurbishes used wheel chairs and flies them to parts of the world where they're most needed. Another option is donating to AmeriCares , a humanitarian organization that provides medical aid to those devastated by natural or man-made disasters;
- America West: Donations made through Miles of Hope (in increments of 5,000 miles) are used to transport volunteers for disaster relief.
Check with your airline partner and find out where your miles can go. Fly direct whenever possible. Taxiing, take offs and landings release large concentrations of carbon and nitrogen oxide.