How to Donate Miles to Wishes in Flight

Airline miles nearly expired? Donate them and they never will!

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014  |  Updated 10:34 AM PDT
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Granting Wishes with Airline Miles

We met one of the kids whose wish was granted by the Wishes in Flight Fundraiser. On Friday, more than 2 million miles were donated to the Make A Wish foundation to help kids like Chris Hegardt.

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Kyle is just one of the young patients who will receive his dream trip through the Make a Wish foundation. Cadence Travel company is donating 1 million miles to make his wish come true.
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Last year the Wishes in Flight Mile-A-Thon on NBC7 collected a grand total of 5.2 million airline miles for  Make-A-Wish San Diego.

In 2014, Make-A-Wish San Diego estimates it will need more than 25 million airlines miles to fulfill the more than 140 wishes that will involve travel this year.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a unique program that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. 

  • Impact of Wishes – based on a 2011 study conducted by Make-A-Wish America…
    • 89% of doctors, nurses, social workers and child life specialists say they believe that the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.
    • 74% of wish parents observed that the wish experience marked a turning point in their own children’s response to treatment.

 

This Friday, January 24th from 6A-7P Make-A-Wish and NBC 7 will again partner to collect as many airline miles as possible from US Airways, Delta Airlines, United Airlines (includes Contintental OnePass).  The Wishes in Flight Mile-A-Thon kicks off a year of collecting donated miles to keep sending Wish Kids on the trips of their dreams.

Donating to the Mile-A-Thon is easy, just have your frequent flier number ready and know how many miles you have to donate.  The call-in number will be announced on Friday morning at 6A.M. during NBC 7 San Diego News Today.  NBC 7 will cover the Mile-A-Thon all day long during newscasts and donors can expect some exciting giveaways throughout the day.

The miles donated will never expire and will be used to grant wishes to children in San Diego.

To learn more about the January 24th event visit our page on NBC7.com/Community.   You can also donate your miles anytime online on the Make-A-Wish website. Make sure you know your frequent flier account number and the number of miles you want to donate when you log on.

This year's Wishes in Flight campaign on NBC7  features two Wish Kids from San Diego that have been through the experience of having a wish granted from Make-A-Wish, meet Nik and Kalista.

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