Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Off Topic: Donate Your Miles to a Hero

This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day. While I hope everyone has the opportunity to put down their Blackberries and get away from your email for a day or two, I do want you to check out a website that'll be worth your time.

Operation Hero Miles was created by Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger in cooperation with a number of airline companies in 2003. The program gives family members of wounded servicemen and women free plane tickets to visit their loved ones recovering at military hospitals across the country.

The program is brilliantly simple.

Travelers donate their unused frequent flyer miles, which means that Operation Hero Miles gives ordinary folks like you and me an opportunity to help our troops in a way that makes a real difference in their lives.

This weekend, the participating airlines will match your donation mile-for-mile, from 6 AM, Friday, May 25th through 11:59 pm, Monday, May 28th. So set yourself a reminder, and donate those unused frequent flyer miles before you leave for the weekend!

Visit the program's website at for a list of participating airlines. Enjoy your holiday weekend, everyone.

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