American Airlines often comes out with promotions around Veterans’ Day to donate through them to certain military charities for an increased amount of miles. A normal charity dollar earns 10 miles, but through 10 July, you can get 15 per $. Now they are having one for Memorial Day as well. The mix of charities has also changed. This time your donation goes to a wide variety of charities: The USO, Air Compassion for Veterans, Hero Miles, Snowball Express, Airpower Foundation, and The Honor Flight Network. Several of these were new to me, so I thought I would give you a few details below. You can access the main AA military charity site here. I hope you all decide to donate tot hese worthy causes. As a “pro tip”, this is a good way to keep your account active if you have AA miles that will expire.
The USO offers a variety of programs and services to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families. The organization makes these programs available to as many eligible participants as possible, building awareness of these important tools to help in the recovery process when troops return home.
Air Compassion for Veterans provides medical-related air transportation for military, veterans and their families. Through Fuel Smart, a fuel-saving program that uses procedures to safely reduce fuel consumption, American has been able to contribute funds to help provide assistance.
The Hero Miles program helps provide round-trip airline tickets to wounded, injured and ill service members and/or their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center; or who are attending an authorized event. Flights are made possible in part by mile donations to American’s Miles for All Who Serve program.
Snowball Express is one of the few charities dedicated to the children of our nation’s fallen military heroes. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization pays tribute to fallen military service members by helping their families connect with each other.
The Airpower Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money for programs that directly benefit veterans, military service members and their families. For the past 12 years, American has sponsored the group’s annual Sky Ball event, a black-tie gala and fundraising event.
The Honor Flight Network provides charter flights to veterans of various wars and conflicts to Washington, D.C., to view the memorials constructed to recognize their services and that of their fellow soldiers. The “Tour of Honor” relies on donated services and volunteers.