Home for the Holidays - Help Out Today

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Our good friends over at Abroaders.com are helping spearhead an excellent idea — get people home for the holidays that are otherwise unable, by using points and miles.

Donate Miles Abroaders

Full details are on their donation page, but the gist of it is:

  1. Pledge an amount of miles
  2. The guys at Abroaders will reach out to you to confirm your willingness and approval to use your miles
  3. You help someone see their family that otherwise wouldn't be able to during the holidays

Why We Love This Idea

As much as all of us leverage our points and miles to take dream trips, if you have a few extra miles in your bank, you've got an opportunity to help make someone else's dream come true.

Abroaders is looking for a minimum of 12,500 miles per person and at the same time looking for donations in that increment. Remember, a standard one-way domestic award ticket prices out to 12,500 miles in economy class — sure, some circumstances have lower prices, but in most cases, this is the standard pricing. In case you weren't sure, redeeming miles in your account for other people does not violate the terms and conditions of frequent flyer programs.

While some programs do place conditions on who you can redeem your miles, such as Korean Air, if there are any concerns about redeeming Abroaders will answer your questions. The great thing about donating miles is that the folks at Abroaders will do their best to get the most out of each mile, maximizing the return with each booking they complete.

Tis the season to give. If you'd like to help out someone a bit less fortunate through the power of points and miles, consider making a donation.

Home for the Holidays – Help Out Today
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Comments

  • I hear about this on the Abroaders podcast and was really impressed!

    How does it work mechanically? They are actually booking it through your account?

    It’s a bit unclear who these “less fortunate” people are though and I can’t find it on the donation page. Who qualifies for this? How are they connected to you? Is it military members at all?

    I’d love to spread the word to our Travel Miles 101 community, so let me know!

    Thanks,
    Brad

    • Hey Brad, thanks for the question. This is the first year Abroaders has the privilege of being a part of this project, but in past years, many of the winners were indeed the incredible men and women who serve in the military.

      The winners will be selected by voting during the week of Nov. 20th to Nov. 25th. We have not yet started taking entries from folks in need of help getting home, but we will update the donation page with a link to enter as soon as that opens up.

      Regarding as the mechanics of the process: Abroaders will contact each donor and ask for permission to access the points. AwardWallet has made it possible for donors to grant us temporary access to the frequent flyer account from which they would like to donate miles.

      Thank you so much for your offer to help us spread the word. I’ll reach out to you by email and we can discuss further details.

      Cheers,

      Erik

  • great idea but is it safe to let others use our account.

  • is there a minimum that can be donated?

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