This Airline Has Already Raised Over $100,000 for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Today, we're thinking about the many ways we can help our neighbors in Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey, especially as floods and storms persist.
Though thousands of flights across the United States have been cancelled, United Airlines is not about to let grounded planes stop them from mobilizing their relief efforts. United, which is based in Chicago, has a hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, its second largest hub after Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. All commercial flight operations at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) have been stopped until further notice
In a press release, United announced that they are matching customers donations to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts up to $100,000. As an added incentive, the airline will also offer up to three million bonus miles to customers who donate to relief organizations.
To receive the bonus miles, customers can donate to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Airlink or Operation USA through United's fundraising page. For donations of $50-$99, customers will receive 250 bonus miles; for donations of $100-$249, 500 bonus miles; for donations of $250 or more, 1,000 bonus miles. So far, $127,896 and counting have been raised to help support impacted communities and give them shelter, supplies, and other necessary aid.
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"The thoughts and hearts of the entire United family are fixed firmly on everyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey," said United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz in the company press release. "We will be with them every step of the way and the only equal to the severity of this storm is the seriousness of purpose that we are all taking to ensure that these devastated communities recover fully and stronger than ever."