Alaska Airlines partners with UNCF, donates 1 million frequent flier miles

Alaska Airlines has named the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) its newest Charity Miles partner, launching the partnership with a gift of 1 million frequent flier miles, the airline said.

Miles donated to Alaska Airlines´ Charity Miles program will help students fly to college tours, travel back and forth between school and home, and participate in a variety of leadership development programs and other programming offered by UNCF.

This new relationship with UNCF represents the first expansion of the Charity Miles program in more than a decade, and is the airline´s first education-based charity included in the program. UNCF joins nine other organizations supported year-round by Alaska´s Mileage Plan members through the airline´s Charity Miles donation program. Since 2011, members have donated more than 300 million miles.

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America along with their regional partners, fly 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

UNCF is a minority education organization. It supports students´ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. The organization annually awards USD 100m in scholarships and administers more than 400 programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country.