In support of Pride Month, United Airlines in collaboration with Chase and Visa will reward United Visa Cardmembers who donate to non-profit LGBTQ+ organizations. From June 1 until June 30, 2021, eligible United MileagePlus Visa Cardmembers will obtain five miles for every dollar up to $1,000 in donations made to certain LGBTQ+ organizations.
Suzi Cabo, United’s managing director, global community engagement said, “This Pride Month, United is celebrating our year-round mission of advocating and supporting our LGBTQ+ employees and customers by spotlighting organizations that share our commitment for uplifting the LGBTQ+ community. We’re proud to partner with Chase and Visa to offer our valued United Visa Cardmembers a special opportunity to give back and earn rewards from us for their contributions.”
Cardmembers shall receive five total miles per dollar donated from the following cards: United GatewaySM Visa Card, UnitedSM Explorer Visa Card, United QuestSM Visa Card, United ClubSM Infinite Visa Card, United ClubSM Visa Card, UnitedSM Business Visa Card and United ClubSM Business Visa.
United Airlines has a proud history of firsts, including its ongoing commitment to LGBTQ+ equality, being the first U.S. airline to fully recognize domestic partnerships in 1999 and the first U.S. airline to offer non-binary gender options throughout all its booking channels. The carrier was also the first public company to be welcomed into Pride Live’s Stonewall Ambassador program in appreciation of the airline’s commitment to LGBTQ+ equality in 2019.
A team of over 2,600 members work together through EQUAL, the airline’s LGBTQ+ Business Resource Group, to advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community. The organisation works with members and leaders within the company to develop ways to deliver resources, education and advocacy.
This year, United branded Pride merchandise has been designed by EQUAL, which include a special edition enamel pin. Proceeds brought in by the sale of pins will be donated to Togetheride, the virtual AIDS/LifeCycle event supporting San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Pride items including the pin are available in the United Shop.
“To celebrate Pride Month, we wanted to reward cardmembers who donate to organizations that serve and advocate for our LBGT+ employees, cardmembers and their families: The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, and StartOut,” said Brad Baumoel, global head of LGBT+ Affairs for JPMorgan Chase. “We are thrilled to join Visa and United to offer miles for donations that support the LBGT+ community.”
Kirk Stuart, senior vice president and head of North America merchant sales and acquiring at Visa commented that the company believes economies that include everyone, everywhere also uplift everyone, everywhere. He added, “We are committed to using the power of our network to support the LGBTQ+ community and other diverse populations in their recovery from the global pandemic and beyond. Driving engagement through strategic partnerships is an important part of our strategy to help local communities recover and thrive.”