Thanks to generous AAdvantage® program members, American Airlines is donating 10 million loyalty miles to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to support its mission to help patient families as it leads the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
The gift was made possible by AAdvantage members who purchased miles during May after American announced it would donate 1 AAdvantage mile for every mile purchased, up to 10 million miles. AAdvantage members were committed to this cause and quickly reached the 10 million mile maximum.
“We are so proud to partner with AAdvantage members and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their important work caring for chidren,” said Bridget Blaise-Shamai, President of AAdvantage and American’s Vice President of Loyalty and Cusomer Insights. “We are pleased to be contributing to the life-changing ways that St. Jude helps children and their families.”
“Since 2006, American Airlines and their generous customers have truly made a difference in the lives of the patients and families who come to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from around the world,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President & CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Support from partners like American Airlines and its incredible AAdvantage members is especially needed today to brighten the future for kids tomorrow. We are humbled to accept this generous gift as it enables us to continue our foundational promise that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all they should worry about is helping their child live.”
Let Good Take Flight
American Airlines is committed to caring for people on life’s journey and remains dedicated to addressing the needs of different communities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In cooperation with its generous customers, American has raised more than $3 million to support the American Red Cross and its volunteers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supply kits have been provided to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston; and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, to support medical professionals on the frontlines. American has provided thousands of care packages to military bases to be shared with troops who are quarantined after returning from deployment. As a result of excess inventory due to a reduced flying schedule, American has donated more than 200 tons of food to food banks globally. American team members at multiple locations, including Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Miami International Airport (MIA), Frankfurt am Main Airport (FRA) and Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), are sewing masks for their coworkers and members of the community. The airline also worked with the U.S. Department of State to operate 88 repatriation flights to bring more than 8,000 U.S. citizens home from abroad. American collected $1.2 million through UNICEF’s Change for Good program in 2019 and recently allocated $460,000 of those funds to support COVID-19 relief efforts in Latin America. American continues to operate cargo-only flights, transporting necessary supplies, including personal protective equipment, to the frontlines of the COVID-19 effort.