The Frugal Travel Guy Supports, Endorses The Dream Foundation

Top Quote Rick Ingersoll encourages others to donate their odd-numbered frequent flier miles. End Quote
  • Charleston-North Charleston, SC (1888PressRelease) October 18, 2011 - Like many seasoned "travel hackers" - frequent travelers who use a variety of means and methods to amass frequent flier miles and rewards points - Rick Ingersoll doesn't like odd-numbered miles. So the author of the popular blog "The Frugal Travel Guy" found a way to get rid of them and help others in need at the same time.

    He donates his odd-numbered miles to The Dream Foundation.

    The Dream Foundation is a 17-year-old national organization that fulfills final dreams for adults, and their families, as they face life-limiting illnesses. Many of those dreams involve travel, for urgent goodbyes, family reunions, final trips with children, and other end-of-life reasons. The Dream Foundation has partnered with Alaska, Continental, Delta, and United Airlines to accept miles donations to help those who need.

    "Anyone who works at accumulating frequent flier miles has some odd-numbered miles," Ingersoll said, "like 285, 487, 6291. And they stay in our accounts while we try to build on them, or they just sit there being odd. The Dream Foundation can put our odd miles to use when they are needed the most."

    Ingersoll remembers an email he received several years ago from a reader of The FrugalTravel Guy blog. "He needed to get to a funeral and had no other means than a free ticket, but he didn't have enough miles in his account. I gave him those miles from my account and it was one of my best days - a wonderful feeling."

    Shortly afterwards, Ingersoll discovered the Dream Foundation, which maintains a Four-Star rating with Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator. Thirty percent of the final dreams the Foundation fulfills involve travel.

    "Our fiscal efficiency as an organization is in large part due to our charity mile partnerships with Alaska, Continental, Delta, and United," the Foundation's website reports. "Through these programs, individuals can donate miles -- in any amount...They all get banked for our dream services, and are essential to our day-to-day operations. However, due to increased demand in travel-related dreams, we are critically low on donated miles."

    That's why The Frugal Travel Guy is encouraging all of the 6000 daily visitors to his blog to consider a donation of frequent flier miles - odd-numbered or otherwise -- to the Dream Foundation. "If each one of us donated just 101 miles, imagine how many airline tickets we could help the Dream Foundation provide to someone in serious need. As the Foundation says on its website, 'Your gift will give wings to a final dream.'"

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