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Your air miles have the power to reunite refugee families

After surviving years of separation and overcoming endless hurdles, the high cost of air travel is the final barrier preventing the reunification of families torn apart by war and persecution. Your air miles will help cover the cost of travel for refugee families who would otherwise be unable to reunite. Find out below how to donate your air miles and transform the future of these families.

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.

  • Pledge Miles/Points
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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

Airline Miles:

  • 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.

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

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