United Airlines has started a Crowdrise by GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds for victims of the California Wildfires. To encourage people to help United is offering a bonus of up to 1,000 miles when you donate. So far this year the devastating fires have led to the death of at least 63 people, and over 631 people are reported missing. The fires are one of the largest to hit California in decades, and the relief and rescue efforts continue with hundreds of national guard troops, Firefighters, and emergency services personnel.
To donate is straightforward, head over to the crowdfunding page, click donate now and follow the instructions. You will receive the following miles bonus when you make a donation.
- Receive 250 miles when you donate $50-$99
- Receive 500 miles when you donate $100-$249
- Receive 1,000 miles when you donate $250 or more
To receive the bonus, you need to make your donation(s) by November 30, 2018, 11:59 pm CDT. The bonus is available as a one time offer per United account. So even if you make multiple donations of more than $250, you will only receive one 1,000 point bonus. According to the full terms and conditions, United is providing a pool of 5 million miles, to be awarded to members who donate with this crowdfunding campaign. you can direct your donation to any of the following 3 organizations:
- American Red Cross
- Ventura County Community Foundation
- North Valley Community Foundation
IS it Worth It
This is one of those times where we will not work out how much value you are getting for your buck or how many miles percent your donation is generating. The main goal here is to help the people who are victims of the Wildfires; the mileage bonus is just that “a Bonus.” The biggest earning potential here is helping people cope with a natural disaster which is priceless.
Although United members can earn a bonus by donating, the promotion is also open to non-members to make a donation. So, United member or not feel free to donate. Members of other airline frequent flyer programs should check with their airline to see if they are also helping raise funds for the victims of the wildfires.