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Donating frequent flier miles to troops abroad

Published Aug. 24, 2005

We have many Delta frequent flier miles we would like to donate to a serviceperson in need of transportation. How do we do this?

Operation Hero Miles, authorized by the Defense Department, operates in different ways with the various airlines to promote donation of airline miles to members of the armed forces deployed overseas.

The program applies to troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to its Web site, but efforts are under way to make the donated miles more broadly available to U.S. military personnel.

Donated miles may be used by members on active duty deployed overseas for rest and recuperation travel and to allow family members to visit soldiers injured in the line of duty.


Delta is one of several airlines participating with Fisher House Foundation to promote the donation of miles. Delta's program allows SkyMiles members to make donations to fly families of military members wounded or injured in Iraq or Afghanistan to medical centers to be near their injured relative.

Donations can be made by e-mail at, or by calling toll-free 1-800-325-3999.