Donate unused airline miles to Make-A-Wish on March 1

Feb. 28, 2018

Make-A-Wish South Dakota is collecting unused airline miles March 1 to help grant travel wishes to kids facing critical illness across the state.

More than 70 percent of the wishes granted by Make-A-Wish require air travel, the largest expense of the chapter’s annual wish budget. Miles from Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are accepted. Once the miles are donated, they never expire, and all miles stay in South Dakota. Over the past six years, more than 10 million miles have been donated, saving the organization thousands of dollars in airfare each year. This year’s goal is at least 1 million miles.

Miles will be accepted March 1 by calling 800-640-9198. Miles also can be donated anytime online at southdakota.wish.org. A minimum donation of 1,000 miles is required for Delta and 500 miles for United. To expedite the process, you need to have your account number and know exactly how many miles you would like to donate. If you do not have miles to donate, you may donate money that day. The average airline ticket costs $500.

“A wish transforms the lives of children and gives them renewed energy and strength,” said Sue Salter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota. “Wishes bring families closer together and give sick children something special to look forward to, allowing kids to feel like ‘kids’ again.”

For travel wishes, typically the wish child, his or her parents or guardians and immediate siblings living at home are included in the wish. Walt Disney World remains the most popular travel destination, Hawaii is second and other wish trips take kids all over the country and even the world.

The statewide effort is made possible by KSFY-TV, NewsCenter1, Five Star Call Centers and Midco.

Donate unused airline miles to Make-A-Wish on March 1

Make-A-Wish South Dakota is collecting unused airline miles March 1 to help grant travel wishes to kids facing critical illness across the state.

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