If you know me or read this site very often, then you know that I travel quite
a bit. So much so that I have a hard time using all of my frequent flier
miles, particularly those I accumulate on airlines I use less like Delta and
Alaska. Operation Hero Miles is a great way to
support our troops with almost no bureaucracy standing in the way. Here's some
information from their website:
In September 2003, the Pentagon started giving soldiers stationed in Iraq
two-week leaves in the largest R & R program since the Vietnam War. Soldiers
on R & R or Emergency Leave are flown by the military to Germany or three
airports in the United States, Baltimore/Washington, (BWI), Dallas/FortWorth,
(DFW), or Atlanta, (ATL ) for free.
The soldiers have been responsible for flights the rest of the way in the
U.S. to their destinations, until Congress provided funding for this purpose
on November 3, 2003. However, this funding is not yet available and may not be
sufficient for all the troops or troops on "Emergency Leave".
More than 470 soldiers a day are arriving in the U.S.
Many soldiers on R&R leave must purchase high-priced last minute airfares
to connect to their hometowns once their military flights land at the airports
in Baltimore, Dallas or Atlanta. Soldiers on "Emergency Leave" must still pay
the full cost of their domestic travel when they are rushed home for the
family death, birth, illness or other emergency. The military does not pay the
cost of their travel in the United States, so your frequent flyer miles are a
Americans have donated their unused frequent flyer miles to the Department
of Defense to help troops travel home and spend quality time with their loved
ones, without worrying about how much it will cost.
I just found a place to use my Alaska and Delta miles!