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Grounded by the Pandemic? Donate Your Unused Points and Miles

Here’s how to give that accrued loyalty to a good cause.

American AAdvantage miles disappear after 18 months of nonuse, though you can donate to reset the clock.

American AAdvantage miles disappear after 18 months of nonuse, though you can donate to reset the clock.

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images North America

Are you still grounded by the pandemic? Don’t let your credit card points and airline miles lay idle—consider using them philanthropically.

Nonprofits tend to fall into two camps when it comes to using points and miles. Some swap them for cash donations; others redeem them as intended, for flights or hotel rooms. It generally takes about 25,000 miles to book a domestic flight; the American Red Cross will use such donations to send volunteers for hurricane or wildfire relief.