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Friday, February 20, 2009

Donating Airline Tickets Is Not As Easy As You May Think

It seems like a win – win situation: You are unable to go on a previously scheduled trip, and have the airline tickets you purchased sitting in your desk drawer. What a perfect opportunity to donate those tickets to a charitable organization. However, airline regulations do not allow for the transfer of tickets; only airline miles can be donated to a charitable organization. Scott McCartney explains in this Wall Street Journal article why the restrictions are in place. Until there is some way in which the estimated $2 billion in nonrefundable tickets that expire on an annual basis can be put to some good use, we suggest instead donating the airline miles you acquired with the purchase of the tickets to a Make-A-Wish Foundation, or any highly rated organization that accepts them.

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Jennie Lobato said...

Where does that leave smaller but reputable charities? I've tried to get listed with Delta but they seem to internally choose which charities they're going to support :(

Jennie Lobato

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