Airlines Allow Frequent Flyer Mile Donations for Earthquake Relief

Airlines in and outside of Japan are accepting donations for relief operations in response to the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake in the form of miles (points) under their frequent flyer programs.

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) is running a "Donation Miles" program for members of its frequent flyer program. Members can make donations in 1,000-mile increments, with each mile equivalent to one Japanese yen. The donations will be sent to international humanitarian aid organizations such as Japan Platform to assist recovery efforts in the wake of the disaster.

JAL Group is accepting "Support-Miles" from JAL Mileage Bank members in increments of 7,500 miles (JPY 7,500), which will be used by the Central Community Chest of Japan (CCCJ) to help victims. Members in Japan can donate through the JAL website while those outside Japan should call the Mileage Bank Center in their region. At the time this article was written, there is no limit to how much a member can donate. Many Japanese airlines such as Skynet Asia Airways Co., Ltd. (SNA) and Star Flyer Inc. as well as major airlines in other countries are also accepting miles as donations.

Some airlines have allowed members to donate saved up miles to charities since before the earthquake, but now all of them are actively seeking mile donations to expand relief efforts for victims in stricken areas.