Northwest WorldPerks Miles Can Help Wounded Service Members
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Mar. 23, 2004 Thanks to a partnership between Northwest Airlines and the nonprofit Fisher House Foundation, travelers can donate their miles from the airline's WorldPerks frequent-flyer program to help service members wounded or injured on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Northwest is providing travel through the use of donated WorldPerks miles for wounded or injured service members to take leave or pass from military hospitals, and for their families to visit them at their bedside. Jim Weiskopf, Fisher House spokesman, said the Northwest program is the second airline partnership involving the foundation. The first one, with American Airlines, uses donated "AAdvantage Award" certificates donated by Anheuser-Busch employees.
Other programs using donated frequent-flyer miles are restricted to military members coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan on emergency leave, Weiskopf said. Proposed legislation would permit the military to use the services of a nonprofit organization to administer a program for family members, and that would involve all participating airlines.
Best known for its network of comfort homes on the grounds of all the military's major medical centers, Fisher House Foundation has been named a Northwest Airlines designated "AirCares" charity. Northwest announced this special program to accept frequent-flyer miles from its customers and allow Fisher House to redeem miles for free airline tickets to support hospitalized service members.
The AirCares program depends on the support of the airline's WorldPerks member donations. To donate their miles, WorldPerks members can call (800) 327-2881, with their WorldPerks account and PIN numbers.
Although the Northwest program will continue through Dec. 31, mileage may be donated to the Fisher House Foundation only through Nov. 30. The minimum donation is 5,000 miles, and larger donations may be made in 1,000-mile increments. All AirCares mileage donations are final, officials said, meaning unused miles cannot be restored to members' accounts.
Complete information is available on the Fisher House Foundation Web site.