FORT WORTH, Texas, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines and American Eagle are working with the American Red Cross to aid people affected by the major tornadoes that have struck Oklahoma, including areas of Oklahoma City. The storms have left widespread swathes of destruction, injury and loss of life, and have left thousands homeless. Members of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program can support relief efforts by donating to the American Red Cross to help provide victims with shelter, food and other assistance.
Through June 30, 2013, AAdvantage members will earn a one-time award of 250 AAdvantage miles for a minimum donation of $50, or 500 AAdvantage miles for a donation of $100 or more to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
"Help is urgently needed by the victims of these storms," said Bernie Willett, American's Director for Citizenship and Community Programs. "We invite our customers to join us in supporting the American Red Cross to provide much-needed assistance to those in need."
Numerous trained Red Cross disaster workers have mobilized to distribute meals and relief supplies to those affected by the tornadoes. By donating to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, American Airlines customers can support people who have been stricken by the storms as they begin to recover and rebuild.
Individuals may also directly donate needed relief items at the American Airlines maintenance base in Tulsa, Okla., where American has set up a trailer and volunteers are accepting donations from employees and the public. American is coordinating its efforts with Transport Workers Union Local 514, which is working with the American Red Cross. The only items the Red Cross can accept are as follows: bottled water, Gatorade, shovels, rakes, work gloves, flashlights, batteries, sunscreen, heavy-duty trash bags, plastic storage containers, individually-wrapped snacks, baby formula, canned food, can openers, cat and dog food, hand sanitizer, wipes, diapers, personal hygiene items. The maintenance base is located near Tulsa International Airport at 3900 N. Mingo Road; donations are being accepted from 6 a.m.to 8:30 p.m.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Oklahoma," said Bill Collins, American's Vice President – Base Maintenance. "We have also reached out to Gov. Mary Fallin to offer our support and assistance during this time of such extreme need."
For more information or to donate, please visit AA.com/JoinUs.
In addition, American has made the following flexibility options available to our ticketed customers whose travel may be affected by the Oklahoma storms. Passengers with tickets issued by May 21, 2013, with travel dates from May 21-22, 2013, may now make a one-time change and travel from May 21-27, 2013, without a change fee by calling American at 1-800-433-7300.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
About American Airlines
American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories. American's fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than 500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing 777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American's website, aa.com®, provides customers with easy access to check and book fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American's AAdvantage® program, voted Program of the Year at the 2013 Freddie Awards, lets members earn miles for travel and everyday purchases and redeem miles for flights to almost 950 destinations worldwide, as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals Club® locations worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment with a full range of services making it easy for customers to stay productive without interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the world, including global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve more than 840 destinations served by some 9,000 daily flights to nearly 160 countries and territories. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.
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