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Why we fly

By The Hub team, November 27, 2020

In October 2019, we launched a first-of-its-kind airline miles donation platform, Miles on a Mission. In the inaugural year, MileagePlus members donated over 70 million miles, with United matching over 20 million miles, to 51 organizations. These miles have allowed for these organizations to do important, life-changing, life-saving work in the communities we serve around the globe.

Whether it's visiting friends and relatives, traveling for work or simply exploring a new corner of the world, we all have a reason as to why we fly. No matter the reason you fly, the miles you earn and donate help our Miles on a Mission partners soar. Take a look at how some of our partner organizations have put our MileagePlus Members' donations to work.

Be The Match

"To deliver life-saving cells and hope to Be the Match patients, like me!"

Born This Way Foundation

"These donated miles will support Born This Way Foundation's mission of supporting the wellness of LGBTQ+ youth — and all young people — by expanding access to mental health resources and promoting kindness."

Combined Arms

"Combined Arms is uniting communities to accelerate the impact of veterans and their families."

Compass to Care

"To help children get to life-saving cancer treatment"


"We fly to save. We fly to save lives, saving homeless veterans anywhere, any time."

Gift of Adoption Fund

"Gift of Adoption flies to unite children with their families — giving them a chance to thrive!"

Holocaust Museum of Houston

"Holocaust Museum Houston flies United to educate people about the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Holocaust Museum Houston flies United to connect teachers with Holocaust and human rights educational resources."


"We fly today so those living with ALS can have a better tomorrow."

Lazarex Cancer Foundation

"At Lazarex we fly patients with cancer to clinical trials for hope and a chance at life!"


"Donate your miles to help refugees reach safe homes for the holidays."


"To get vital relief and recovery aid where it's needed most!"

Peruvian Hearts

"We fly to educate and empower girls in Peru."

Project Angel Heart

"To collaborate with partners & promote that #FoodIsMedicine"

Project HOPE

"United helps our medical teams deliver hope and support when people need it most!"

Rise Against Hunger

"We fly to bring hope to 2 million people around the globe facing food insecurity."

Swim Across America

"To make waves to fight cancer."

The Trevor Project

"Because every LGBTQ young person deserves to be valued, respected and loved for who they are."

Up2Us Sports

"My team needs me now more than ever. I will be there for them!"

Watts of Love

"Watts of Love brings solar light and hope to those living in the darkness of poverty!"

Waves for Water

"To bring access to clean water for everyone that needs it."

United cargo-only flights transport critical goods

By The Hub team

When the pandemic began, United Cargo knew it would be critical to utilize its fleet, network and industry-leading pharmaceutical handling processes to transport a COVID-19 vaccine when the time came.

Connecting vaccines to the world: United responds to mass distribution effort

December 22, 2020

On November 27, United Airlines became the first commercial airline to safely deliver the first batch of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine into the U.S. thanks to a coordinated effort between United's cargo, safety, technical operations, flight operations, regulatory and legal teams.

Now as the entire shipping and logistics industry bands together to widely distribute vaccines, United is leveraging all of its flights, including cargo-only and those carrying passengers, to transport millions of vaccines to destinations throughout our network, including Honolulu, Guam and Saipan – the first of any carrier to do so.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

Airline and its customers use crowdsourcing platform - Miles on a Mission - to donate more than 11 million miles for charities like the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care
By United Newsroom, December 01, 2020

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United is inviting MileagePlus members to give back on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season by donating miles to nearly 40 non-profits through United Airlines' crowdsourcing platform, Miles on a Mission. Non-profits like Thurgood Marshall College Fund, College to Congress and Compass to Care are attempting to raise a total of more than 11 million miles to be used for travel for life-saving health care, continued education, humanitarian aid and more. United will match the first 125,000 miles raised for each of these organizations to help ensure they meet their goals.

United Raises Miles for Dozens of Non-Profits that Rely on Travel

United cargo connects products to people all over the world this holiday season

By The Hub team, November 23, 2020

Critical medical shipments – Check.

High-tech electronics – Check.

2.7 million pounds of lobster? Check.

While this year's holiday gatherings will look a little different, millions of people around the world will still carry on the tradition of celebrating the holidays with a meal.

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