Last week, Hurricane Matthew ravaged the Caribbean before making landfall in the Southeast United States, prompting mandatory evacuations, flooding, loss of property, and in some cases, loss of life.
U.S. airlines worked with passengers prior to the storm’s landfall to issue waivers and rebook flights for affected travelers. Once the storm had passed, airlines worked to resume normal operations as quickly as possible and enacted special programs and partnerships to provide relief to everyone affected by Hurricane Matthew.
After Hurricane Matthew and subsequent flooding hit Charleston, South Carolina, Alaska Air shipped 4,000 pounds of relief supplies to support the local community. The airline has also donated 1 million miles to Angel Flight West to fly relief workers to communities in need and assist with efforts on the ground.
Through its partnership with the American Red Cross, American Airlines has donated more than 20 million AAdvantage® miles and $1 million to disaster relief efforts in 2016 alone. Passengers who donate to the Red Cross are rewarded with bonus AAdvantage® miles. To learn more and to donate, visit the American Airlines Giving website.
Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean in the last 50 years. FedEx partnered with Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International and the International Medical Corps to deliver assistance to Haiti. To help the estimated 350,000 people in need of humanitarian aid, FedEx sent two Boeing 757s to the country with 75,000 pounds of prescription medicine, medical supplies, hygiene kits and emergency health kits. The FedEx team has also partnered with Heart to Heart International to pack 1,000 hygiene kits, equipped with bandages, shampoo, soap, toothpaste and washcloths for affected communities.
Hawaiian Air is proud partners with Airlink and the Red Cross, two organizations currently working in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. To support victims of natural disaster, passengers can donate their HawaiianMiles to these partner charities, and Hawaiian will match the total donation up to 500,000 miles.
To assist with relief efforts from Hurricane Matthew, JetBlue has partnered with the American Red Cross, Americares and Concern Worldwide to provide aid to hurricane victims in the Caribbean and along the Southern coast of the United States. In addition to a $100,000 donation, JetBlue is encouraging passengers to get involved by donating TrueBlue points and will match up to 500,000 points.
Southwest has national partnerships with the American Red Cross, All Hands Volunteers, Americares, Team Rubicon and Toolbank Disaster services. Many volunteers travel to disaster relief areas on Southwest Airlines and passengers are encouraged to donate Rapid Rewards points to these partner charities. Additionally, Southwest is working alongside the American Red Cross to provide relief shelters in affected Southern coastal states with water and snacks.
United Airlines partnered with leading disaster relief organizations, including the American Red Cross, Americares, Airlink and OperationUSA, to provide assistance to individuals in need. The airline has pledged to match online donations up to $100,000 and will reward customers who donate with up to five million bonus miles. Since 2013, United and its customers have donated more than $4 million to disaster relief efforts.
Recognizing the need for basic, life-saving essentials in Haiti, UPS joined in partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center and Love the Hungry to pack 20,000 meals for children in third-world countries, with many destined for Haiti. Since the storm, they have also helped coordinate the transportation of relief supplies to the devastated country.