UAL charity miles program celebrates 30-year partnership with Make-A-Wish

United Airlines has celebrated its 10,000th donated ticket to Make-A-Wish through the airline´s MileagePlus charity miles program, the company said.

Since 1986, United and Make-A-Wish have teamed up to send children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions on the trip of a lifetime. Over the past three decades, MileagePlus members have made more than 98,000 individual donations, and the company and its customers have donated more than a total of 550 million miles.

The 10,000th donated ticket sent 14-year-old Chidinma and her family to Rome to begin a tour Europe´s most famous cities.

United has kicked off a miles drive to raise more miles for Make-A-Wish, inviting customers to donate miles that will be matched by United up to a total of four million miles through July 31, 2016.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is a children´s charity, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes since its inception in 1980, and more than 14,800 in 2015.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers.