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Miles Help Wishes Take Flight

Mar 08, 2014 10:52AM ● By MED Editor

Make-A-Wish® South Dakota raised more than 1.7 million unused airline miles during its statewide Wishes in Flight campaign in February.  The miles will help to make travel wishes come true for kids facing life-threatening medical conditions across the state.

Unused airline miles are accepted year-round from Delta, United and U.S. Airways.  There is a minimum donation of 500 United miles and 1,000 from Delta or U.S. Airways.  Once donated to Make-A-Wish, the miles will never expire.

“This is a unique way to help us make travel wishes come true,” Make-A-Wish South Dakota President and CEO Paul Krueger said.  “Every mile donated makes a difference and helps us toward our vision of granting every eligible child’s wish.”   

Make-A-Wish estimates the miles donated so far will purchase nearly 35 plane tickets and save the chapter more than $17,000 in airfare.  Each year more than 65 percent of wishes involve travel.  Besides the wish child, parents and immediate siblings living at home typically go on the trips.

The statewide effort was made possible by KSFY TV, Midco Connections, Midcontinent Communications and NewsCenter1. 

To donate your miles call 800.640.9198 or give online at