The Easiest Way to Donate to Japan: Hotel Points

Travel News — By Morgan DeBoer on April 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

At this point, almost everyone has heard of the ways you can donate money to help Japanese tsunami relief efforts by text, email, or phone. Did you know you can also donate hotel points? Here is a list of 5 hotel chains that allow reward members to donate points and, more importantly, a breakdown of how much bang for your buck your points will get:

Hilton has partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Points in increments of 10,000 can either be donated to the IFRC’s general fund or they can be designated specifically for programs to help Japan. Each 10,000 points donated equals $25 and Hilton has agreed to match all donations up to $250,000.

Best Western is working with their official charity partner World Vision to collect member points. Each 4,000 point donation equals $15.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Preferred Guests can donate $25 using 2,000 points and Starwood will match 100% of each gift made before the end of April. All funds will be donated to the Red Cross.

Marriott is also working with the International Red Cross. $25 will be donated for each 10,000 points redeemed by Rewards members.

Hyatt Gold Passport holders can also make a donation to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. A pledge of $40 will be made for every 5,000 points donated.

We can’t think of a better way to use those hotel points you’ve accumulated. A great way to donate much needed funds, essentially for free.

[Photo: Dominic Alves/Flickr]

Tags: donation, hotels, Japan, Japan earthquake, tsunami

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