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jan 21

Kudos to American Airlines for its help for Haiti

(American Airlines has transported 60,000 pounds of supplies to Haiti in the past week for relief efforts, including food, medicine, and non-perishable goods. American Eagle transported 80,000 pounds of supplies. (Courtesy American Airlines)

Lots of companies have been pitching in to help with Haiti earthquake relief efforts. We salute them all. A case in point:

American Airlines and American Eagle have partnered with relief agencies to chip in on humanitarian missions. Yesterday, American began flying three daily relief missions from its hub in Miami. American is also lending Boeing 767s and 757s to ferry military personnel and other officials into Haiti.

On Wednesday, the carrier evacuated 179 passengers from Haiti to Sanford, Fla. Regularly scheduled flights to and from Haiti have been canceled through at least Jan. 28, and possibly longer. (By the way, all commerical service has been canceled through the end of the month, at least. Customers ticketed on AA flights to or from Haiti may

change flights without penalty.)

What's more, American is matching donations made to relief efforts through its charitable fund. And, last Friday, employees participated in a Dress Down Day where ground personnel could wear casual clothes in exchange for a donation to Haiti relief efforts.

If you fly American and you belong to American's free frequent flier program AAdvantage, you can earn a one-time award of 250 bonus AAdvantage miles for a minimum donation of $50 or 500 bonus miles for a donation of $100 or more to the American Red Cross, through Feb. 28, 2010. (See aa.com for info.)

Update 1/22:

Thanks to the efforts of more than 7,800 AAdvantage members, over $835,000 has been donated to the American Red Cross since Jan. 14, 2010.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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