American Airlines raises $1.5 million for COVID relief globally

by James Wilkinson

American Airlines says the carrier has raised nearly $1.5 million in support of the American Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ efforts to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic around the world, including Brazil, India and other countries in need of assistance to battle the devastating virus.

The airline and more than 11,000 of its AAdvantage members raised the full amount in less than one month.

“We know the pandemic is not yet over. While we have made great strides in the United States, countries around the world are still struggling,” said American’s Senior Vice President of Global Engagement, Ron DeFeo.

“We are continually humbled by the generosity our customers have shown in joining us in the fight against COVID-19 on a global scale. Our mission is to care for people on life’s journey, and that calls us to action wherever there is a need. We are incredibly grateful to our customers for helping us to further that mission.”

Since the onset of the pandemic, American Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have been in close coordination to provide COVID-19 relief and assistance around the world, responding in every region and coordinating with governments, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organisation and other public health organisations to keep people safe.

Together, the organisations have played a critical role in providing a tailored response to impacted communities based on the needs of each country and the phase or severity of the outbreak. Contributions help the organisations fund necessary supplies, such as vaccinations, supplemental oxygen and hygiene kits.

AAdvantage members were asked to donate a minimum of $25, where they would earn 10 miles for every dollar contributed, but American’s valued customers did more than just the minimum required with an average donation of $135 — more than five times the minimum donation amount.