Here's How Airlines Are Rewarding Flyers Who Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

The incentive is helping channel sorely needed funds, fast.

The airline industry is contributing to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts — both in terms of financial contributions, and by tempting customers with some of their favorite currency: frequent flyer miles.

American Airlines is offering 10 miles for each dollar donated ($25 minimum) to American Red Cross

For making donations to to American Red Cross, AmericaresAirlink, or Operation U.S.A., United Airlines will award travelers with 250 miles for donations of $50 to $99; 500 miles for donations of $100 to $249; and 1,000 miles for donations of $250 and higher. United also pledged to match the first $200,000 in donations; at press time, more than $1.4 million had already been collected.

Appropriately, many carriers also offered to rebook affected flyers on new flights for no charge. Most of the deadlines for those arrangements have passed, though a few offers are still active. 

Time noted that United, Frontier, and Spirit will waive any fare differences for certain tickets from the past week (travel dates vary by carrier), so long as the new itinerary is booked by August 30.

The airlines could use some good PR this year in the face of copious customer-service debacles — and far more importantly, Texas residents desperately need all the relief they can get.

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