Airline and hotel rewards donation chart

By Cathleen McCarthy

Most major hotel chains and airlines -- Southwest and JetBlue being two notable exceptions -- allow consumers to donate unused rewards points or miles to worthy causes around the globe.

While some charities -- Make-A-Wish, for example -- partner with most every airline, the selection of organizations you can donate your points to can vary widely depending on your particular airline or hotel rewards program.

The chart below provides links to donation information pages for more than a dozen different airline or hotel loyalty programs.

Where can you donate your airline or hotel rewards points?
Airline or hotel loyalty program Examples of participating charities Unique or unusual charity in the program
Aeroplan's Beyond Miles Stephen Lewis Foundation, Doctors Without Borders Origami Canada: a group of volunteers who are producing Canada's first international origami convention in Vancouver, B.C., in October 2012.
Alaska Airlines Charity Miles Hero Miles, Nature Conservancy, Make-A-Wish Angel Flight West: provides patient transportation for those needing medical treatment in another city and who otherwise would not be able to afford the cost of getting there.
American Airlines' AAdvantage Hero Miles, Miles For Kids Miles In Need Miles For Kids Miles In Need: provides worldwide support for children and their families, as well as for organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with needs for medical, educational, social services issues and/or for those that heighten public awareness of children's issues.
Best Western Make-A-Wish, World Vision World Vision: a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Choice Hotels American Red Cross, Armed Forces Relief Rebuilding Together: provides free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income Americans.
Delta SkyMiles American Red Cross, CARE, UNICEF, amfAR, Habitat For Humanity, Make-A-Wish Canine Assistants: a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs to enhance and improve the lives of children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure disorders or other special needs.
Frontier Airlines American Red Cross, Make-A-Wish, American Cancer Society Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation: a national resource providing Wow! experiences for children and families who have a mom or dad with late-stage, limited-life-expectancy cancer.
Hilton HHonors American Cancer Society, Books for Kids, World Wildlife Fund, Operation Homefront
GRAMMY Foundation: cultivates the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music on American culture through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public.
InterContinental Hotels Group American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Room for Hope Give Kids the World: a nonprofit organization that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
JetBlue JetBlue does not allow consumers to donate their miles.
Marriott Rewards American & International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Children's Miracle Network: When you donate your Marriott Reward points to Children's Miracle Network, you allow families of sick and injured children to stay at a Marriott hotel while their children are being treated at a nearby children's hospital.
Mileage Plus (United & Continental airlines) Dream Foundation, Operation USA, AmeriCares Eagle Mount: an organization that creates therapeutic recreational opportunities for people of all ages and disabilities. Through Eagle Mount, persons with special needs are challenged to achieve the previously unthinkable in skiing, ice skating, swimming, horseback riding, golfing and more.
Southwest Airlines Southwest does not allow consumers to donate their miles.
Starwood Preferred American Red Cross, UNICEF UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the protection of the rights of children, young people and women throughout the world. Areas of focus include health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and assistance to children in emergency situations.
US Airways' Dividend Miles American Red Cross, Fisher Foundation, Make-A-Wish, Mercy Medical Airlift Mercy Medical Airlift: a medical transportation charity for those who cannot afford commercial long-distance transportation. MMA provides a means of charitable or charitably-assisted long-distance patient (and escort) transportation via private aircraft, commercial airlines, fixed-wing long-distance air ambulance and ground transport.

See related: How to donate unused rewards miles and points

Published: February 21, 2012


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