Harvey Victims Not Forgotten by Travel and Hospitality Companies

With all eyes on Florida over the weekend, victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas have not been forgotten. Of the more than $157 million pledged by U.S. businesses to Harvey relief efforts so far, more than $9 million, about 6 percent, has come from travel and hospitality companies.

The single largest of these pledges came from Wynn Resorts, which committed $3.75 million to aid those affected by Harvey, with a focus on the financially disadvantaged. A similar amount will be directed to Macau, in the People’s Republic of China, which was lashed and flooded by Typhoon Hato on August 23, killing ten people.

Wynn operates properties in both locations. “These events, 8,000 miles apart, have affected the lives of our employees and our friends in both cities, and we have felt compelled to help in some small way,” said Steve Wynn, Wynn Resorts chairman and CEO, in a statement.

Other donations include:

Carnival Cruise Line: The cruise line and its philanthropic arm Carnival Foundation are donating $1 million to relief efforts. Carnival Chairman Micky Arison and wife Madeleine are also contributing $1 million from their foundation.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car: The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation is donating $1 million to the Red Cross.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts: The company is donating $500,000 to the Red Cross and to the Hilton Responds Fund for affected employees. The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a private family foundation established by the founder of Hilton Hotels, has also pledged $500,000. The hotel chain is also giving Hilton Honors Members the chance to donate reward points to the American Red Cross.

American Airlines: American’s AAdvantage customers and team members have donated more than $1,000,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. From August 25, 2017 through September 24, 2017, AAdvantage members can earn 10 miles for every dollar donated to the Red Cross with a minimum $25 donation. American also donates $1 million annually to Red Cross’s Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP).

Delta Airlines: Delta Air Lines Foundation pledged $250,000 to the American Red Cross to help Harvey victims. This grant is in addition to the foundation’s $1 million grant to the American Red Cross as an Annual Disaster Giving Program partner. Customers can support relief efforts for Harvey victims by donating miles to the Red Cross through SkyWish, the charitable arm of Delta’s SkyMiles program. Delta will match donations up to 10 million miles. Customers can also donate through Delta’s Customer Microsite, created in partnership with the Red Cross.

United Airlines:  The airline says it has donated $1.1 million between cash contributions, food and amenity donations, plus the value of relief flights. United will also give up to three million bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross or AmeriCares. Included in United’s cash contributions is a $200,000 match raised in donations on a crowdfunding campaign the airline is jointly sponsoring with Chase Card Services. To date, this campaign has raised a total of $2,329,065.