United Airlines (BULLETIN BOARD: UALAQ) today announced that United
Mileage Plus(R) members and the company have donated over 57 million miles
to Operation Hero Miles to support domestic travel for U.S. soldiers on
leave under the Operation Iraqi Freedom Rest and Relaxation (R&R) program.
In addition, United announced that it is providing U.S. service members
with complimentary access to Red Carpet Clubs located within the U.S. in
conjunction with their leave travel.
“We are just overwhelmed by the support we are seeing for Operation Hero
Miles from our customers,” said Martin White, senior vice president -
Marketing. “We`re very happy that we`ve been able to brighten the holidays
for those soldiers on R&R, and we are now very pleased to invite our
service personnel to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of our Red Carpet Club
Service members should present their leave orders for the Iraqi Freedom
Rest and Relaxation Program and a military ID to gain access to Red Carpet
United also announced that it will expand the number of departing airports
where awards can be used. In addition to Baltimore/Washington
International Airport (BWI), Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
(DFW), and Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (ATL), soldiers can
now travel from Washington Dulles International (IAD) and Washington
Reagan Airport (DCA). Award tickets are valid on any flight served by
United or United Express to the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska,
Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Operation Hero Miles was initiated by Congressman C. A. Dutch
Ruppersberger of Maryland`s 2nd Congressional District to allow members of
different airline frequent flier programs to donate miles for use by
soldiers on R&R leave from Iraq.
As part of its support, United donated ten million Mileage Plus miles to
the program, and matched member donation miles by an additional five
million miles. United Mileage Plus members so far have donated a total of
over 42 million miles to the program. United intends to continue
supporting Operation Hero Miles for the duration of the Iraqi Freedom Rest
& Relaxation program.
Mileage Plus members can donate miles to Operation Hero Miles (
http://www.heromiles.org/ ) by contacting the Mileage Plus customer
service center by phone at (800) 421-4655, by fax at (520) 881-4705 or by
e-mail at [email protected] . A minimum donation of 1,000 miles is
required. Miles contributed to this program cannot be designated for
specific personnel. Active duty members of the U.S. armed forces stationed
in Iraq will be selected by the Combined Forces Land Component Commander
(CFLCC) to receive round-trip award tickets.
About Mileage Plus
Enjoy award travel worldwide with United(R) Mileage Plus(R). With over 42
million enrolled members, Mileage Plus has been voted the number one
frequent flyer program by readers of Business Traveler magazine for eight
years running. Mileage Plus members can earn miles and redeem awards to
nearly 700 destinations in more than 120 countries when you fly United or
any one of the 15 Star Alliance(TM) member airlines. Mileage Plus members
also can earn and redeem miles with nine other non-Star Alliance partner
airlines. Earn miles when you stay at a hotel, rent a car, make a
long-distance phone call, make a purchase on your Mileage Plus Visa(R),
dine at a restaurant, shop or invest online—and more—with over 100
Mileage Plus partners around the world. For more information or to enroll,
visit united.com/mileageplus .
About United Airlines
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network that spans the globe. News releases and other information about
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