Sandy was a nasty heck of a storm (first hurricane and then a storm) – and its after effects will be around for a long time.
I was almost stuck because of this storm, and only got out just in time before life in the Midwest got interesting (and it was troublesome enough – trust me).
However, its left the North Eastern Corridor in one hell of a state, and be it donations of time, money, items or miles, there are a load of ways you can help. Some of them can accrue miles (and if you do it through your affiliated airline credit card, you’ll earn miles anyway), but here is a small list courtesy of MommyPoints and Wandering Aramean – of airline and hotel related how to helps:
- JetBlue is matching customer donations up to the first $50,000 donated to the American Red Cross and also offering 6 points per dollar to their TrueBlue members. JetBlue is also making their presence felt on the ground in New York City, paying for meals from the Wafels & Dinges food trucks to be distributed to residents.
- Delta is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross relief efforts. Additionally, SkyMiles members can also donate miles or money to the Red Cross; there does not appear to be any miles promotion associated with it at this time.
- United Airlines is matching up to $100,000 in donations to three charities: the American Red Cross, Feeding America and AmeriCares. As of this morning their members have already donated more than $300,000 to the charities so the match is maxed out. Additionally, members who give a minimum of $50 will receive 250 bonus miles.Donations of $100 or more will receive 500 miles. The company will issue up to 5 million miles as part of the effort.
- American Airlines is offering 250 AAdvantage miles to members who donate $50 and 500 miles to members who donate $100 or more.
- Hilton is offering 10 HHonors points for every $1 donated (through their GlobalGiving site) through the end of the year.
- Starwood Preferred Guest will match points donations made to the American Red Cross through November 30th. Donations start at 2,000 SPG points.
- Salvation Army accepts donations of United and Delta miles with a minimum of 1,000 miles.
- Additionally, when you make charity donations using your US Bank FlexPerks card, you earn 3x for your donation
I’m also going to put my foot in this to help because I can (as well as some of the other Boarding Area bloggers)
- Mommy Points
- Deals We Like
- Very Good Points
- View from the Wing
- Wandering Aramean
- and GhettoIFE.com of course!
Leave a comment about the storm – either how you were affected, if your travel plans were hit, or what you’re doing to help.
Drop your comment in the comments box below and I’ll donate $1 per comment. Deadline is 12:00 8th November 2012EST.
Together with the blogs, above, we’re aiming to donate up to US$1800, and we need your help by filling in the comments boxes please!
In addition, I’ve found a three extra “remove before flight” keyrings so there will be a draw for those for those who add a comment to the box below.
Thank you for your consideration and reading this post – Lets do some good together people and show that we care.
And a special note of thanks to MommyPoints who has organised this.
I go to school in the Atlantic City area which was affected by the hurricane and I have family in Northern NJ. Fortunately, my family is okay and there was no property damage.
I plan on volunteering in the Atlantic City area at a rescue mission.
This is a great idea and good initiative. Well done to all the bloggers who are participating. Although I no longer live there I grew up in NJ and NY. All my family are still there and all have been affected, although quite mildly compared to what so many others are going through. I have already donated to several charities to help. I chose to focus on smaller charities, rather than the Red Cross for now, who are doing good and vital work in the area but are often overlooked.
James W says
It is very nice of the boarding area bloggers to come together in this time of need.
Michael R. says
Very happy to support this effort
This is great! I have 2,000 little Delta miles I have no use for. Now I know what to do with them.
Diane S says
I just donated my balance of Delta miles.
Nice to see boardingarea getting involved!
I’m commenting on blogs so my favorite bloggers will donate. 🙂
I’ll be donating $50 to keep my United miles alive for another 18 months.
Luckily I wasn’t affected too much as uptown did not lose their power. Many downtown are still without power and it is deemed dangerous to go back to their apts.
Elena Garcia says
I just missed the storm but I will be donating too! Thanks for your support!
From a Hoboken NJ resident who thankfully sustained just a little damage and just got power back Saturday, thanks for what you’re doing to support my neighbors and everyone else affected by the storm.
Jimmy @TravelByPoints says
Donating to Red Cross. Another dollar raised. Thanks!
Thank you for what you are doing to help!
Very luckily, the DC area, where I live, wasn’t hit very hard. Just a lot of rain and heavy winds. I didn’t even lose power. But seeing all the people who did, or lost even worse than just power, really makes me sad. I made a couple different monetary donations and it’s so nice that the Boarding Area bloggers are going to, also.
Alexis L says
I was unaffected, just worried about friends and family.
You guys are great!
I was not affected but I’ve donated some money to the Red Cross and encourage others to do the same.
Thanks for doing this. And don’t forget Haiti. they got Sandied, too. I am donating to CARE.
The storm has crippled NJ Transit, which is making life difficult for those who commute into/out of NYC from NJ
I live in lower Manhattan where we had no electric, steam (heat & hot water) or elevators for 5 days (I live on the 25th floor of my building so I got some extra exercise). Others continue to have it much, much worse. Keep up the good work!
I’m getting ready to donate bone marrow to a patient in the next couple weeks but bc of the storm the process has been delayed/slowed down
Great effort to help those in need!
I am helping by unclogging debris and garbage from sewage and keeping the waterways clear so the water can naturally flow.
My friends were affected by the storm. Thank you for doing this. I donated to the Red Cross.
Frequent Flyer Collector says
Great thing for the Boarding Area bloggers to do!
Good show Kevin
I lost power for 6 days but everything else is ok, thank god.
American Red Cross
Two of my Monterey DO attendees left the weekend early before the flights shut down. Thankfully, both made it home safely.
You are great! 🙂
Thanks for doing this!
Thanks for donating!
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Well done indeed.
Right on! Great idea!
This is great! Thanks for donating!
Thanks for your generosity
Bill N says
Two days of canceled class here in Rhode Island.
Many of my family & friends here in NY were affected. Thanks for your efforts!
Here’s my donation
Some of mythe relatives were without electricity into this week. Even if you were not impacted this time, keep in mind how you’d want others to help you. Hurricane, tornado, earthquake, tsunami…
Great idea by all of you, keep up the good work!
Go for it
I am donating thru AA – giving and receiving!
I’ve been volunteering and their sense of community is awesome but their suffering is hard to see.
Donating cash… and this is a great idea!
Abhishek Duggal says
Thanks for your efforts! It was sad to see the devastation that was caused by the storm!
I wasn’t affected personally, but friends and family were-though thankfully everyone I know is okay.
Give to Red Cross Disaster Relief
Never knew a simple comment could help out like this 🙂