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Action4Asylum

Welcome to Human Rights First’s Action4Asylum donation page. Human Rights First has an over 40-year history of working with asylum seekers to find protection in the United States. Now we have partnered with Miles4Migrants, a nonprofit organization using airline miles and credit card points to help reunite and relocate refugees, asylees, asylum seekers and their immediate family members. Your airline mile pledges and donations will go towards booking flights for these individuals and families. Your support makes it possible for us to do this work. Thank you!

Together, we can transform miles into a life-changing force for good.

Miles4Migrants uses frequent flyer miles, credit card points, and cash to help people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster start a new beginning in a new home. We partner with other nonprofits to identify refugees, asylees, asylum-seekers, and their immediate family members who have legal approval to travel but cannot afford airfare.

how we work

1. Pledge your airline miles, credit card points, or travel vouchers.

We accept pledges from a variety of frequent flyer and rewards programs. Unfortunately, we cannot pool miles from multiple donors when booking flights. Therefore, we have a minimum amount for most programs to ensure the miles will cover the cost of at least a single ticket.

2. Sit back while Miles4Migrants finds a match for your pledge.

Miles4Migrants works with 45+ nonprofit partners to identify individuals who have legal approval to travel but cannot afford the cost of a plane ticket. We’ll contact you as soon as we have an individual or family who is in need of your pledged miles.

3. Book a flight to help someone reach a new place to call home.

We’ll work with you to book a flight. Our booking team consists of experts in reward travel and flight reservations. They can book the flight for you or help you book the flight yourself. Either way, you’ve just helped someone be on their way to reaching a safe home!

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Miles4Migrants stands in solidarity with those impacted by the unjustified and unprovoked Russian attacks on Ukraine. Our team is actively booking flights for Ukrainians to get from temporary housing in border countries to longer-term homes in other locations. Miles4Migrants works through our network of charity partner organizations who identify individuals in need of flight assistance, verify that the case meets the parameters of our mission and that the person has legal permission to travel, and submit flight requests to our team. We are currently unable to support flight requests that do not come in through one of our approved partner organizations.

Over the next few months, we expect an increased number of flight requests to come in and are accepting donations to help fund these flights. Any donations raised through miles, points, or cash will go toward booking flights for Ukrainians in need of flight assistance, as well as for other refugee communities that Miles4Migrants continually supports. Right now, our most-needed programs are Southwest, United, Delta, and Air Canada.

Miles4Migrants fosters relationships with other nonprofits that are working ‘on the ground’ to serve refugees and asylum-seekers directly. Our nonprofit partners, both across the world and within the United States, submit requests for flight assistance to Miles4Migrants. We do not have the capacity to vet flight recipients’ finances to ensure financial need, nor do we specialize in the administrative and legal work required to ensure each flight recipient is authorized to enter their resettlement country. This is where our nonprofit partners come in – each partner is responsible for vetting flight recipients to ensure they have the necessary legal approval and documents to travel to (or, in the case of those released at the US-Mexico border or from immigration detention and legally seeking asylum in the United States, within) their resettlement country. We do not accept flight requests submitted directly from individuals without a nonprofit partner acting as an intermediary. A list of our nonprofit partners is included on our NGO partner page.

We accept miles and points pledges from almost all loyalty programs; however, based on the most frequent requests for departure/arrival locations, certain programs are used more frequently than others.

The most needed miles and points donations are:

  • United Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Flying Blue (Air France and KLM)
  • American Express Membership Rewards
  • Chase Ultimate Rewards
  • Capital One Rewards
  • Air Canada/Aeroplan

You never know when your miles or points could be the exact match for a deserving individual or family, so if you have another form of miles/points, we'd still love to receive your pledge!

The following amounts are a general guideline of how far your miles/points pledge can go. Because different frequent flyer mile and rewards programs have varying redemption rates, please note that values may differ depending on the type of miles/points you pledge.

 

 

Yes! Cash donations are a big help in addition to miles. While frequent flyer miles cover most airfare expenses, cash is needed for each ticket to cover taxes, departure and arrival fees, and fuel surcharges. Our average cost of taxes and fees per flight booked is $33.80 per person. In certain circumstances, booking a flight with cash instead of miles/points is more cost effective, so your cash contribution may be used to book airfare as well.

 

All contributions to Miles4Migrants are used solely to help refugees, asylees, and asylum-seekers. No cash contributions are used to cover Miles4Migrants' operational costs, and under no circumstance will they be used for political activism or lobbying.