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Four Airlines (and Other Charities) Desperately Seeking Your Sandy Relief Donations

November 2, 2012 at 2:07 PM | by | ()

A facade collapse from high winds in the middle of Sandy

The airports have reopened most traveler's unexpected "Hurrications" have thankfully ended, but that hardly means it's time for "business as usual."

Hurricane Sandy relief is desperately in need in many areas of New York City followin a variety of factors that put entire communities out, from fires that leveled homes to floodwaters that ruined entire neighborhoods, to power outages that leave residents hungry...the metropolis known as the capital of the world is in dire need of your dollars. We write this from one part of the city, poised to go help any way possible the moment the business day closes.

Airlines with a significant NYC presence are naturally doing their part and offering bonus miles for anything you can give. Here's a round-up:

If you care about bonus miles

As we previously reported, United was among the first airlines to get a donation program set, partnering with three charities in the relief effort: American Red Cross, Americares, and Feeding America. From matching $50k of donations, the airline has now increased their match to $100k. In addition, you'll get something out of it. MileagePlus members who donate at least $50 will receive 250 bonus miles, and those who contribute $100 or more will receive 500 bonus miles. DONATE HERE.

"New York's Hometown Airline" has gone gung-ho towards aiding in Sandy relief this week. From sponsoring food trucks in areas without electricity for days to calling their own employees to assess needs of those effected by the storm, the spirit of charity is very much alive. To encourage flyers to donate, JetBlue has JetBluegives.org, where they're accepting monetary donations to Red Cross Sandy relief, awarding 6 TrueBlue points for every dollar donated through November 30. JetBlue will then also match $50,000 of the donations. (After seeing JetBlue's on-the-street efforts, we've personally donated and can say it is a very easy process thanks to PayPal). DONATE HERE.

American Airlines
AA's plan is nearly the same as Delta's: you'll get a one-time award of 250 AAdvantage bonus miles for a minimum $50 donation, or 500 AAdvantage bonus miles for a donation of $100 or more to the American Red Cross (through November 30). DONATE HERE.

If you don't care about bonus miles:

Delta really felt a hit when LaGuardia flooded and shut down for two days. The airline, with significant presence at both LGA and JFK airports, is aiding in cleanup and also straight-up giving the Red Cross $100,000. For flyers who wish to help, you may donate via Delta's usual charity site, which accepts both money and SkyMiles. There are no miles bonus for giving. DONATE HERE.

City Meals-on-Wheels: These are the people delivering very much-needed food to those in need in neighborhoods without power. They usually deliver to the elderly, but right now help is needed for everyone in areas where cooking and refrigeration are impossible. True story: we volunteered with Meals-on-Wheels ourselves for a season and recommend you look into donating some time in your own area; there are usually local chapters in every city. DONATE OR VOLUNTEER HERE.

The Weather Channel and American Red Cross: Direct monetary donations to the Red Cross will be matched up to $1 million by The Weather Channel. It's the least they can do considering their ratings hike during the actual storm. DONATE HERE.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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