You can donate your frequent flyer points to charity.

Are you a frequent flyer with piles of points you can afford to offload?

Are you feeling charitable? How about donating your stockpile of points or miles to an immigrant family or refugee in need?

Organisations such as Miles4Migrants collect donated frequent flyer points and use them to arrange travel for refugees, to reunite families who have been separated by borders, or simply to donate to families who don’t have the money or opportunity to see each other.

Miles4Migrants recently made social media waves after a law professor at University of Michigan tweeted a request for people to help families in need, which resulted in 7.3 million miles being donated.

“My husband travels a lot. Downside: he’s gone a lot. Upside: frequent flyer miles. We just used some to fly a three-year-old and his dad, who had been separated at the border, from Michigan (where the son had been taken) to their extended family,” tweeted Ms Wilensky.

“[We] have big plans for use of these miles … both to support separated immigrant families and continue our global family reunification work with refugees around the world,” a spokesperson told Lifehacker.

There are also other ways you can put your points towards helping others.

Virgin will convert donations of 4500 points ($25) up to 17,500 points ($100) to any of the following charities:

Barnardos Australia
Black Dog Institute
Brisbane Youth Service
Camp Quality
Green Cross Australia
Kids Helpline
Lifeline Australia
Oasis – The Salvation Army
Oxfam Australia
Plan International Australia
Sir David Martin Foundation
Starlight Foundation
The Oaktree Foundation
Variety, The Children’s Charity
Virgin Unite
Youth Off The Streets
Emirates accepts points and converts them to Skyward Miles, which are used to sponsor flights for doctors, surgeons, engineers and other professionals volunteering on humanitarian missions.

Would you donate your points to any of these causes?

This article first appeared in the Your Life Choices.

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