CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced that in response to overwhelming support from customers and co-workers, the United Airlines Foundation has doubled the amount it will match in donations to support Superstorm Sandy relief efforts by American Red Cross, AmeriCares and Feeding America. The United Airlines Foundation will now match up to a total of $100,000 in donations to these organizations and hopes to generate at least $200,000 in total contributions.
Customers and co-workers surpassed the United Airlines Foundation's original commitment to match up to $50,000 in donations within 48 hours.
"We are proud that our customers and co-workers stepped up so quickly to help those impacted by Superstorm Sandy," said Sonya Y. Jackson, president of the United Airlines Foundation. "We were able to raise more than $100,000 in donations from customers, co-workers and the United Airlines Foundation before we even emailed our customers to encourage support. We're pleased to double our match grant to further support the important humanitarian efforts of American Red Cross, AmeriCares and Feeding America."
MileagePlus members can earn bonus miles by making cash donations to these organizations, and United has committed up to five million miles for contributions. MileagePlus members who give a minimum of $50 will receive 250 bonus miles, and those who contribute $100 or more will receive 500 bonus miles.
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