You can get frequent flier miles for donating to Hurricane Matthew relief


United Airlines is teaming up with major disaster relief organizations to help individuals and families affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Starting Monday, the airline will pledge up to five million bonus miles to MileagePlus customers who give to organizations using the web portal CrowdRise; the organizations include the American Red Cross, Americares, Airlink and OperationUSA. United will also give up to $100,000 to match donations made to these partners.

"It is our hope that partnering with these organizations will help provide relief to those who need it most," said Brett Hart, United's executive vice president and general counsel, in a release issued Monday.

Heartbreaking images of Haiti recovering from Hurricane Matthew:

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The port city of Les Cayes flooded, suffering badly in the storm.

(Photo via REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares)

A flooded river in Jérémie. Rising water has prompted fears of a surge in the cholera epidemic.

Source: The Guardian

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Many homes in Jérémie were heavily damaged.

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

In Port-au-Prince, a street or a waste yard?

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Some homes are on the verge of collapse. Shelter is a huge concern.

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Sifting through the damage. 

(Photo via REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares)

People carrying their belongings through flooded streets.

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Citizens take part in a gathering while Hurricane Matthew passes in Port-au-Prince.

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Looking after children is one of the biggest concerns here.

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

A girl cries with her relatives at a heavily damaged school.

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

An injured man at the hospital after Hurricane Matthew passed Jérémie.

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Rescue workers bury the dead.

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

An injured woman breast-feeds her baby at a shelter.

Source: The Guardian

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

Homes are gone, but life goes on.

(Photo via REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

A relative cries in the funeral of Anne Dit Trozitha Zamore, who died during Hurricane Matthew, in Chantal, Haiti, October 8, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
A relative cries before the funeral of Anne Dit Trozitha Zamore, who died during Hurricane Matthew, in Chantal, Haiti, October 8, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
Aerial view of damages in small village of Casanette near Baumond, Haiti on October 8, 2016 after Hurricane Matthew passed the area. The full scale of the devastation in hurricane-hit rural Haiti became clear as the death toll surged over 400, three days after Hurricane Matthew leveled huge swaths of the country's south. / AFP / Nicolas GARCIA (Photo credit should read NICOLAS GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Florida governor Rick Scott (C) visits a damaged beach in St Augustine, Florida, on October 8, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew passed the area. Hurricane Matthew weakened to a Category 1 storm Saturday as it neared the end of a four-day rampage that left a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean and up the US Atlantic coast. The full scale of the devastation in hurricane-hit rural Haiti became clear as the death toll surged past 400, three days after Hurricane Matthew leveled huge swaths of the country's south. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A man leans on a damaged boardwalk at a debris covered beach in St Augustine, Florida, on October 8, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew passed the area. Hurricane Matthew weakened to a Category 1 storm Saturday as it neared the end of a four-day rampage that left a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean and up the US Atlantic coast. The full scale of the devastation in hurricane-hit rural Haiti became clear as the death toll surged past 400, three days after Hurricane Matthew leveled huge swaths of the country's south. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A man leans on a leftover of a boardwalk in a debris covered beach in St Augustine, Florida, on October 8, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew passed the area. Hurricane Matthew weakened to a Category 1 storm Saturday as it neared the end of a four-day rampage that left a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean and up the US Atlantic coast. The full scale of the devastation in hurricane-hit rural Haiti became clear as the death toll surged past 400, three days after Hurricane Matthew leveled huge swaths of the country's south. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives get ready for the funeral of Anne Dit Trozitha Zamore, who died during Hurricane Matthew, in Chantal, Haiti, October 8, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
A woman tries to get food at a shelter in the school Liliane Mars Dumarsais Estime after Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Relatives cry in the funeral of Anne Dit Trozitha Zamore, who died during Hurricane Matthew, in Chantal, Haiti, October 8, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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As the release noted, "miles be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis based on contributions made through the airline's fundraising page through Oct. 21, 2016." You can find more information on CrowdRise's website.

MileagePlus customers who donate to the organizations will be able to earn up to 1,000 bonus miles just by entering their MileagePlus number. Just know that miles will be awarded by the size of donations as follows:

  • $50-$99 — 250 bonus miles awarded
  • $100-249 — 500 bonus miles awarded
  • $250 and up — 1,000 bonus miles awarded

United isn't the only company trying to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Discover recently announced a partnership with the American Red Cross, in which it will match up to $500,000 in donations. And Capital One is encouraging customers to donate rewards or cash using their card, and will cover all transaction fees to ensure the charity receives the full gift. Citibank's ThankYou Network, a free rewards program, lets members redeem their ThankYou points (minimum donation 2,500 points) for a cash donation to the Red Cross.

More Ways to Give

You don't have to wait for disaster to strike in order to do something good. Discover allows cardmembers to donate in two ways: with Discover Giving, a partnership with the organization JustGive, or by donating their cash back bonus directly to charity. "Discover cardmembers can customize their gifts and set up one-time or recurring donations through Discover Giving," the site says.

Likewise, Capital One cardmembers can donate through the Network for Good, which ensures the gift reaches their charity of choice.

If you're in the market for a card that gives back, be sure your credit is in tip-top condition before you apply. You can pull your credit reports for free each year at AnnualCreditReport.coma and view two of your free credit scores, updated every two weeks, on Credit.com.

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