Families Belong Together Miles Drive
Welcome to Families Belong Together’s Miles Drive donation page. Families Belong Together, a campaign formed in response to the 2018 family separation crisis fighting to end family separation and promote dignity, has partnered with Miles4Migrants, a nonprofit organization doing incredible work in the area of helping to reunite and relocate families.
Donating airline miles is one way of making a difference in the lives of immigrant and refugee families. Your airline mile pledges and donations go towards booking flights for families to their sponsors in the United States. Thank you for your support!
Together, we can transform miles into a life-changing force for good.
Miles4Migrants uses frequent flyer miles, credit card points, and cash to help people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster start a new beginning in a new home. We partner with other nonprofits to identify refugees, asylees, asylum-seekers, and their immediate family members who have legal approval to travel but cannot afford airfare.
how we work
1. Pledge your airline miles, credit card points, or travel vouchers.
We accept pledges from a variety of frequent flyer and rewards programs. Unfortunately, we cannot pool miles from multiple donors when booking flights. Therefore, we have a minimum amount for most programs to ensure the miles will cover the cost of at least a single ticket.
2. Sit back while Miles4Migrants finds a match for your pledge.
Miles4Migrants works with 45+ nonprofit partners to identify individuals who have legal approval to travel but cannot afford the cost of a plane ticket. We’ll contact you as soon as we have an individual or family who is in need of your pledged miles.
3. Book a flight to help someone reach a new place to call home.
We’ll work with you to book a flight. Our booking team consists of experts in reward travel and flight reservations. They can book the flight for you or help you book the flight yourself. Either way, you’ve just helped someone be on their way to reaching a safe home!
Frequently Asked Questions
We accept miles from many airline and credit card programs; however, based on the most frequent requests for departure/arrival locations, certain programs are used more frequently than others. Our most needed miles/points right now are below.
Credit Card Points:
- Chase Ultimate Rewards
- Capital One Rewards
- American Express Membership Rewards
- Citi ThankYou Points
- United Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Air Canada/Aeroplan
The minimum pledge amounts reflect airline programs' lowest single passenger award fare that Miles4Migrants can book for a refugee, asylum seeker, or asylee.
While our primary purpose is to use airline miles to book flights, these award flights often incur additional taxes/fees. Cash donations help us to cover those extra costs!
Miles4Migrants stands fully behind the CDC’s recommendations to stay at home and avoid all non-essential travel for those who are able, but we also stand up for those who must travel in order to reach a safe location.
In the U.S., District Courts are ordering that immigration detention centers reduce the number of people detained to ensure the health and safety of asylum-seekers housed in overcrowded facilities during the pandemic. Miles4Migrants is continuing to provide airfare within the U.S. so that these individuals can expeditiously reach a safer destination, with family members and sponsors waiting to support them. Our charity partners are following recommended safety protocols, including providing masks and offering guidance on safety procedures during travel.
For international flights, we are seeing a decrease in the number of requests due to global flight restrictions. Although reduced, we will continue to fly individuals to countries that consider refugee visa holders exempt from travel restrictions. We expect to see an increase in international flight requests when the pandemic subsides and need your support now to be ready when that day comes.