Donate airline miles to help grant wishes

Feb. 27, 2019

It’s that time of year: Consider donating your unused airline miles to Make-A-Wish South Dakota.

The Wishes in Flight campaign has raised more than 12 million donated airline miles since 2012. Last year, more than 1.4 million miles were donated.

President and CEO Sue Salter is hoping to once again surpass the million-mile goal.

“Miles donations of all sizes are important to the success of this campaign,” Salter said. “The donated miles save our organization tens of thousands of dollars in airfare each year. Every donation of miles helps transform the life of a child in our state battling a critical illness.”

Miles from Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are accepted and will never expire once donated.

Last year, Make-A-Wish South Dakota granted 80 life-changing wishes to children in the state. Of those wishes, 79 percent required air travel, the largest expense of the chapter’s annual wish budget.

Thanks to donated air miles throughout the year, the organization used more than 2 million donated miles to save approximately $35,000 in costs for the chapter.

The types of wishes that use airline miles are diverse and include travel to international countries, out-of-state amusement parks and unique locations across the United States. On average, it takes 50,000 airline miles to provide a flight for a wish child and 200,000 miles to fly the average-sized family.

Make-A-Wish South Dakota accepts miles donations year-round online at southdakota.wish.org or by calling 800-640-9198.  The Wishes in Flight campaign is made possible by Five Star Call Centers, KSFY-TV, NewsCenter1, Midco, Results Radio, HomeSlice Media Group, and the Sioux Falls and Rapid City regional airports.

Donate airline miles to help grant wishes

It’s that time of year: Consider donating your unused airline miles to Make-A-Wish South Dakota.

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