Help Grant Wishes by Donating Airline Miles Today

Help Grant Wishes by Donating Airline Miles Today

By Jennifer Griswold. CREATED Jun 6, 2013

Omaha, NE - For 30 years the Nebraska Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been granting wishes for children who have life-threatening illnesses.  This year they're asking for something very specific.  

The first ever Wishes in Flight Campaign kicked off at 7:00 a.m. Thursday.  If you have any unused frequent flier miles for United, US Airways or Delta, you can donate them to send a child on the trip of a lifetime.

Once donated, your miles never expire. 

It takes about 35,000 to 45,000 miles to send a family on a Wish Trip, but any quantity helps.

"We just see the giving spirit of the community every single day, so a little bit goes a long way whether you have a couple of dollars to give, or a couple of miles.  Either way, it helps sick kids in your community go on wish trips," said Kiley Thiele of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

More than 80 percent of wishes granted are travel related.  So the Wishes in Flight campaign is a major fundraiser to help kids throughout the state of Nebraska have their wishes fulfilled. 

When the telethon ends Thursday night at 11:00 p.m. the Make-A-Wish Foundation hopes to have raised one million frequent flier miles.  

You can still donate your miles after the telethon ends Thursday evening by heading to or call: 1-800-378-2460. 

KMTV Action 3 News is a proud sponsor of the Wishes in Flight Drive.