fbpx

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.

0 +
Number of People Flown
0
Countries of Origin
$ M+
Value of Flights Booked
M+
Miles Redeemed
An Iranian mother reunites with her children after being separated for 3 years
Iraqi family thrilled to be in Canada under a new program to resettle skilled refugees
Cameroonian man, persecuted for being from a minority group, now starting his new beginning
A gay couple, threatened in El Salvador, now safely together in an accepting community

How it works

  • Option 1 [Preferred]: Donate your miles directly into a pooled miles account
  • Option 2: Pledge your miles and work with Miles4Migrants to book a flight
  • Option 3: Pledge flight voucher and work with Miles4Migrants to book a flight
  • Option 4: No miles, points, or vouchers? Donate money to cover airfare, taxes, and fees

 

    .    .     

If you have miles with Air Canada, Alaska, Delta, or United, you can transfer the miles directly from your own account into Miles4Migrants’ account. Then, you’re all set! Miles4Migrants will have access to your miles to be able to book flights for someone to start their new beginning. Because using pooled miles means Miles4Migrants doesn’t have to go through donors to book a ticket, flight recipients can get to safe homes faster.

 

 

If you have miles or points from a rewards program OTHER than Delta, United, Alaska, or Air Canada, you can make a pledge now and help book a ticket later. Once you pledge your miles, Miles4Migrants will work to find a flight recipient and contact you as soon as we have an individual or family who is in need of your pledged miles. Depending on the type of miles you pledge, the Miles4Migrants Booking Team will either book the flight for you – with your help – or work with you to book the flight yourself. Either way, you’ll help someone be on their way to their new beginning!

 

If you have a travel voucher from Alaska, Allegiant, American, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Jetblue, Southwest, or United, you can make a pledge now and help book a ticket later. Please note, there are various types of credit you can receive from airlines. To make sure yours is eligible, visit this page with more information.

Once you pledge your travel voucher, Miles4Migrants will work to find a flight recipient and contact you as soon as we have an individual or family who is in need of your pledged voucher. Depending on the type of voucher you pledge, the Miles4Migrants Booking Team will either book the flight for you – with your help – or work with you to book the flight yourself. Either way, you’ll help someone be on their way to their new beginning!

 

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 with miles 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. $200 is around the cost of one ticket for an Afghan evacuee to fly from an airport near a military base to their final destination.

  • Option 1 [Preferred]: Donate your miles directly into a pooled miles account

 

    .    .     

If you have miles with Air Canada, Alaska, Delta, or United, you can transfer the miles directly from your own account into Miles4Migrants’ account. Then, you’re all set! Miles4Migrants will have access to your miles to be able to book flights for someone to start their new beginning. Because using pooled miles means Miles4Migrants doesn’t have to go through donors to book a ticket, flight recipients can get to safe homes faster.

 
  • Option 2: Pledge your miles and work with Miles4Migrants to book a flight

 

If you have miles or points from a rewards program OTHER than Delta, United, Alaska, or Air Canada, you can make a pledge now and help book a ticket later. Once you pledge your miles, Miles4Migrants will work to find a flight recipient and contact you as soon as they have an individual or family who is in need of your pledged miles. Depending on the type of miles you pledge, the Miles4Migrants Booking Team will either book the flight for you – with your help – or work with you to book the flight yourself. Either way, you’ll help someone be on their way to their new beginning!

 
  • Option 3: Pledge flight voucher and work with Miles4Migrants to book a flight

 

If you have a travel voucher from Alaska, Allegiant, American, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Jetblue, Southwest, or United, you can make a pledge now and help book a ticket later. Please note, there are various types of credit you can receive from airlines. To make sure yours is eligible, visit this page with more information.

Once you pledge your travel voucher, Miles4Migrants will work to find a flight recipient and contact you as soon as we have an individual or family who is in need of your pledged voucher. Depending on the type of voucher you pledge, the Miles4Migrants Booking Team will either book the flight for you – with your help – or work with you to book the flight yourself. Either way, you’ll help someone be on their way to their new beginning!

  • Option 4: No miles or points? Donate money to cover airfare, taxes, and fees

 

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 with miles 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. $200 is around the cost of one ticket for an Afghan evacuee to fly from an airport near a military base to their final destination.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.   

As featured in:

                       

                       

   

              

   

 

“Hello, I am ‘F’, an Iranian woman, mother of two children. Three years ago, my two children, who were 15 and 17 years old at the time, had to flee Iran. For three years I did not see my children. I was worried about their safety and I cannot explain how much I missed them. It was so hard. For the last three years, I cried every day. I went to sleep everyday looking at a picture of my children and praying we would be together soon.

In Iran, the only thing I could do was cry. Now, ever since I arrived in Belgium and was reunited with my children, the only thing I can do is laugh! I would like to thank the person who bought me the ticket from the bottom of my heart. I still can not believe that somebody was so kind to help me and my family in this way.

I pray to God that he will do everything to give the donor of the ticket a good life. Thank you!”

Mokhles and his family, Iraqi refugees, were featured in the Toronto Star. Read their inspiring story:

From Jordan to Morden: Iraqi family thrilled to be in Manitoba under new program to resettle skilled refugees

cameroonian-asylee-reunited

"In my country [Cameroon] I was imprisoned for 3 days for no other reason than my being of an ethnic minority group. The journey to the U.S. was hard and dangerous. I was so happy to reach this country. But when I got here and asked for asylum, they put handcuffs and shackles on me, I was confused, and I couldn’t understand… I could only trust in God. God protected me the many months I spent in detention. He guided me through the interviews and court hearings, and I was granted asylum. When they released me from detention, I had exactly 3 cents. I cannot believe that in this country people are willing to help a stranger. I am grateful to the person who paid for my airfare to go live with my cousin and to Miles4Migrants for having made it possible.”

amilcar-alexi-El-Salvador-gay-asylum

“Hello, we are Amilcar and Alexi, two gay men. To save our lives from the discrimination and death threats by the MS-13 gang, we left our native country, El Salvador, on November 25, 2018, heading to the United States. After we left, we were kidnapped and trafficked in Mexico but at the end of so much suffering, we arrived on November 9, 2019 at the Jardin de las Mariposas sanctuary in Tijuana, where we awaited our process to enter the U.S. on January 28, 2020. We spent three months and twelve days in detention where we also suffered from the discrimination of the officers and managers but finally the day came when we could once again see the light of the stars and finally be happy as a couple. We are so grateful to each of the organizations such as Transgender Law Center, Jardin de las Mariposas, Minority Humanitarian Foundation, and Miles4Migrants who helped us with our flight. Every person who helped us, who were there always waiting to ensure that we would not fail. Thanks, a thousand thanks from the bottom of our hearts.”

Please note: Your contribution helps support refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers from many parts of the globe who are in need of airfare. All donations will be used to support our most urgent flight requests, which includes, but is not limited to, Afghanistan.

  • Pledge Miles/Points

  • Pledge Miles/Points