Charity

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Icy Water, Cold Hard Cash for Charity

You’ve seen it 1,000 times by now in your various social media news feeds…the now famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  The last thing the world needs is another person being videoed dumping ice on their head, right?  Well, perhaps, but the world does absolutely need more people taking a step away from their life for a brief moment and doing something to help someone else.  If a little ice down the shirt helps increase awareness for a debilitating disease and…

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Donate for Typhoon Relief in the Philippines and Earn Miles

I’m sure most of you have seen some images from the devastating typhoon that recently hit the Philippines.  If you haven’t, the short story is that they really need help, and fast.  I know that is half a world away for those of us in the US, but for travelers, that is nothing more than a couple of plane rides.  For anyone who wants to help donate toward that disaster, there are now some offers out there to earn miles…

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Updated Ways to Earn and Use Miles for Tornado Victims

Happy Memorial Day to everyone.  I hope you are all enjoying your extra day off (if you are lucky enough to have today off), and thank you so much for those who served this country.  Below is a picture of my own Grandpa (my Dad’s Dad) who served during WWII.  We are honored to have many who served on all sides of our family. In case you want to take a brief pause today from swimming, eating, remembering, or relaxing,…

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How to Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims

I know this is a miles and points blog, but sometimes when tragedy strikes – especially tragedy that has a large impact on children and families, I can’t help but to make mention of it here.  Even though it is a bit “off topic”, it seems wrong not to.  Pretending that everyone only cares about elite qualifying miles or credit card sign-up bonuses regardless of what else is going on just doesn’t sit well with me. So in light of…

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Getting Miles and Points for End of Year Donations

It’s that time of year when lots of folks like to make charitable donations, so it seems like a logical time to spell out some of the ways to earn as many miles and points as possible in the process.  I absolutely love giving and helping others, and I also love getting miles and points, so it is a match made in Heaven.  In case you want to do the same, here are some of the currently available options. American…

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Raising Money for Hurricane Sandy Victims, One Comment at a Time

Update: Thank you so much to everyone who participated.  The donation has been made in honor of all 104 comments left. Like many of us, I have been seeing the photos and hearing the stories coming out of the Northeast related to Hurricane Sandy, and I want to do more than just say “Oh that’s horrible, I wish I could help”.  The reality is that most of us can help.  Whether it is by donating time, money, items, or miles/points,…

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Earn Miles for Hurricane Sandy Donations

If you have seen the images of what Hurricane Sandy has done to the East Coast over the last few days, and want to help out by making a donation, it is possible to earn some miles and points in the process.  Obviously the main thing in a situation like this is to get help those in need, but if it doesn’t hurt anything for you to pick up a few miles and points at the same time, then everyone…

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Paying it Forward (for free)

A couple months ago, those of us with Amex cards had the chance to spend up to $10 in Austin and get it back for free via a synced Amex and a Twitter promotion.  Today, that same opportunity exists in lower Manhattan.  While the promo was designed for the Tribeca Film Festival that is going on in lower Manhattan, those of us who aren’t currently in Manhattan can still get in on the action from afar. Here are the steps:…

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Earn Miles and Points, Save the World, and Have an Excellent Chance of Getting Your Money Back!

Sound too good to be true?  It’s real, and I can’t believe I didn’t get involved in this sooner.  Well, I guess I can believe it.  You know, full-time job, toddler, husband, bossy dog, running the blog, laundry, blah, blah, etc…. Regardless, now that I have finally gotten involved, I wanted to share the info in the hopes that some of you will want to “empower people around the world $25 at a time” and earn some really easy miles…

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