Guam – United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) has announced it has increased to eight million the number of miles that United and Continental will provide as a one-time bonus to frequent flyers who contribute to American Red Cross efforts to aid those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Mileage Plus and OnePass members who give a minimum of $50 to the American Red Cross through April 30, receive 250 bonus miles*, and those who contribute $100 or more are rewarded with 500 bonus miles.
“Because of the extraordinary generosity of our customers, we expect to reach our initial five million mile commitment today, just three days after we launched this initiative,” said Sonya Jackson, president of the United Airlines Foundation.
Since the initiative began March 15, nearly 9,000 donors have made financial contributions to the American Red Cross. In addition, United and Continental customers have contributed more than 50 million Mileage Plus and OnePass frequent flyer miles to support American Red Cross travel needs.
Separately, the airlines are offering travel options to customers booked for travel to, from or through Japan.
With more than 1,000 employees throughout Japan, United and Continental jointly operate more than 180 flights each week to and from nine cities in Japan.
How to Support the American Red Cross and Earn Bonus Miles Individuals who wish to support the disaster relief efforts should visit the American Red Cross website to make a cash donation: http://american.redcross.org/unitedairlines-pub.
To receive the mileage award, members of Mileage Plus should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org including: an electronic receipt from the American Red Cross showing a donation of $50 or more, the member’s name and Mileage Plus number.
To receive the mileage award, members of OnePass should send an e-mail to email@example.com including: an electronic receipt from the American Red Cross showing a donation of $50 or more, the member’s name and OnePass number.
Customers May Also Donate Miles
Mileage Plus and OnePass members with accrued miles can donate their miles to a charity through their respective airline’s program. Many international relief organizations send personnel and volunteers to assist in the affected region, and the donation of miles will help defray their expenses.
Through these programs, Mileage Plus and OnePass members can donate a minimum of 1,000 miles to any of the designated groups involved in the relief effort.