AAdvantage Members Rewarded For Generosity to Tornado Victims

by Susanna Hamilton, Contributing Editor on May 23, 2013

American Airlines frequent flyers are being rewarded for contributing to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund to aid victims of recent tornadoes in Oklahoma.

These devastating storms destroyed thousands of homes, leveled businesses, displaced families and killed 24 people at last report.  To aid in area recovery efforts, the American Red Cross fund will provide necessities, such as food, shelter and other assistance, to storm victims, and AAdvantage is supporting Red Cross efforts by encouraging its members to donate to this worthy cause.

Normally, Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® World MasterCard® members receive two miles for every dollar they spend on American Airlines purchases and one mile for every dollar spent on other purchases.  To encourage donations, however, AAdvantage is providing five miles per dollar to those who make certain contributions to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund.  The company hopes this extra incentive will persuade members to give generously to tornado victims.

From now until June 30, 2013, AAdvantage members who donate $50 or $100 to the fund will receive five miles for each dollar donated as a one-time bonus.  This means that members donating $50 will receive 250 bonus miles and those donating $100 will receive 500 miles.  This hefty bonus should make the decision to give an easy one for card members.

Other Ways to Donate:

In partnership with Transport Workers Union Local 514, the Red Cross is providing food and other necessities to tornado victims, operating a temporary childcare center and spearheading other aid programs.  While the best way to help the victims is to give money to these programs, area residents who want to donate items can do so by providing items from a wish list circulated by the Red Cross.

To support aid programs, the Red Cross will take donations of the following items:

– Gatorade.

– Bottled water.

– Sunscreen.

– Batteries.

– Flashlights.

– Trash bags.

– Work gloves.

– Rakes and shovels.

– Storage containers made of heavy-duty plastic.

– Formula for infants.

– Diapers.

– Baby wipes.

– Personal hygiene products.

– Hand sanitizer.

– Snacks packed individually.

– Cans of food.

– Cat and dog food.

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