Who we are
Miles4Migrants uses donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, and cash to help people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster reunite with loved ones and start new beginnings in safe homes.
How it works
There are many ways to support someone’s airfare. Miles4Migrants can use all of the following to cover the cost of a flight:
- Frequent flyer miles
- Credit card points
- Travel vouchers/credit
- Appreciated stock
Miles4Migrants works with 45+ nonprofit partners to identify individuals who have legal approval to travel but who cannot afford airfare. Our team will work to find an individual or family who could use your type of donation to cover their airfare.
Depending on your type of donation, Miles4Migrants will either use your gift to book a flight for someone through our Booking Team, or we will work with you to book the flight yourself. This is because some rewards programs do not allow our team direct access to your miles/points.
Yes. Miles4Migrants stands in solidarity with those impacted by the unjustified and unprovoked Russian attacks on Ukraine. Our team is actively booking flights for Ukrainians to get from temporary housing in border countries to longer-term homes in other locations. Miles4Migrants works through our network of charity partner organizations who identify individuals in need of flight assistance, verify that the case meets the parameters of our mission and that the person has legal permission to travel, and submit flight requests to our team. We are currently unable to support flight requests that do not come in through one of our approved partner organizations.
Over the next few months, we expect an increased number of flight requests to come in and are accepting donations to help fund these flights. Any donations raised through miles, points, or cash will go toward booking flights for Ukrainians in need of flight assistance, as well as for other refugee communities that Miles4Migrants continually supports. Right now, our most-needed programs are Southwest, United, Delta, and Air Canada.
Miles4Migrants fosters relationships with other nonprofits that are working ‘on the ground’ to serve refugees and asylum-seekers directly. Our nonprofit partners, both across the world and within the United States, submit requests for flight assistance to Miles4Migrants. We do not have the capacity to vet flight recipients’ finances to ensure financial need, nor do we specialize in the administrative and legal work required to ensure each flight recipient is authorized to enter their resettlement country. This is where our nonprofit partners come in – each partner is responsible for vetting flight recipients to ensure they have the necessary legal approval and documents to travel to (or, in the case of those released at the US-Mexico border or from immigration detention and legally seeking asylum in the United States, within) their resettlement country. We do not accept flight requests submitted directly from individuals without a nonprofit partner acting as an intermediary. A list of our nonprofit partners is included on our NGO partner page.
We accept miles and points pledges from almost all loyalty programs; however, based on the most frequent requests for departure/arrival locations, certain programs are used more frequently than others.
The most needed miles and points donations are:
- United Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Alaska Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Flying Blue (Air France and KLM)
- American Express Membership Rewards
- Chase Ultimate Rewards
- Capital One Rewards
- Air Canada/Aeroplan
You never know when your miles or points could be the exact match for a deserving individual or family, so if you have another form of miles/points, we'd still love to receive your pledge!
The following amounts are a general guideline of how far your miles/points pledge can go. Because different frequent flyer mile and rewards programs have varying redemption rates, please note that values may differ depending on the type of miles/points you pledge.
Yes! Cash donations are a big help in addition to miles. While frequent flyer miles cover most airfare expenses, cash is needed for each ticket to cover taxes, departure and arrival fees, and fuel surcharges. Our average cost of taxes and fees per flight booked is $33.80 per person. In certain circumstances, booking a flight with cash instead of miles/points is more cost effective, so your cash contribution may be used to book airfare as well.
All contributions to Miles4Migrants are used solely to help refugees, asylees, and asylum-seekers. No cash contributions are used to cover Miles4Migrants' operational costs, and under no circumstance will they be used for political activism or lobbying.