How to Donate your Loyalty Rewards to Charity – GCC

April 12, 2021 by Amyaal Contributor

A Guide of Loyalty Programs in the GCC That Support Charity Donations with Loyalty Rewards:

We all love our loyalty rewards.  They come in all forms such as luxury vacations, flight upgrades, designer label purchases, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, or even free meals at your favourite pizzeria.  But, if you have not been able to use your points and miles, charities can always do so.  This past year has been difficult for us all – charities and the initiatives they support have struggled as much.

Since it has been a year since loyalty programs extended expiration dates on our rewards, we may have more points and miles expiring than we realize.  To help, we have put together a list of loyalty programs operating in the GCC that have led charity drives through innovation within their loyalty programs.  If you have not had a chance to redeem your rewards or if your loyalty rewards are close to expiring, then donating to charitable causes can be just as rewarding.  Every point, mile and reward will make a difference.

Expect other programs to run charity campaigns during this upcoming Ramadan starting in April 2021 (1442 H) so be sure to check updates from your favourite loyalty programs.

 

Airlines loyalty rewards:

 

Emirates Skywards, Emirates Airlines
www.emirates.com
Visit the Emirates Airline Foundation.  You will be prompted to log into your Skywards Account where you can then select how many Miles you would like to Redeem.  You can also log into your Skywards account and select the Emirates Airline Foundation under ‘Spend Miles.’
The minimum Donation is 2500 Miles.

 

Etihad Guest , Etihad Airways
www.etihad.com
Visit the Etihad Guest Reward Shop and once you log into your account, you can select the donation option.  Though Etihad Guest usually has one of the most extensive networks of charities such as the UNHCR and SOS, due to Covid, many charities have been forced to become inactive.  You will still find at least 9 donation options to choose from.
The minimum Donation is 2,727 Miles.

 

Royal Club, Royal Jordanian
www.rj.com
Log into your Royal Club account to help support the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and Center. Your miles will be used to help patients get treatment and the recovery process, including patient wishes to travel to special locations.
The minimum Donation is 1,000 Miles.

 

 

Hotels loyalty rewards:

 

Jumeirah One, Jumeirah Group
www.jumeirah.com
Like many of its international competing loyalty programs, Jumeirah One give you the opportunity to donate points through the Jumeirah One Reward Shop.  Log into your loyalty account and click on ‘Exchange’ then navigate down to the Reward Store.  At the top, click on Donations where you can access campaigns for MSF, Zakat Fund, and Emirates Red Crescent.
There is no minimum amount of donations – you can even donate 1 point!

 

IHG Rewards, InterContinental Hotels Group
www.ihg.com
Log into your IHG Rewards account through the IHG redemption catalogue and search for ‘Donations’ or select Donate Your Points from the main IHG Rewards Redemption page.  Once you have selected a charity, you can donate in increments of 2,500, 5,000 or 10,000 points.
The minimum Donation is 2,500 Points.

 

Radisson Rewards, Radisson Hotels
www.radissonhotels.com
Once you have logged into your loyalty account select redemption or visit the Radisson Rewards redemption page directly.  At the bottom, you will find SOS Children’s Villages, American Red Cross, and First Climate.  You can also call +1-888-288-8889.
The minimum Donation is 3,000 Points.

 

Hilton Honors, Hilton Hotels
www.hilton.com
Hilton Honors have one of the most extensive loyalty charity programs globally.  You have two main options with HH. You can go to PointsWorthy.com and link your HHonors account or go directly to the Hilton Honors Giving Back Group. Once you have selected the charity you would like to contribute to, you can send an email to HHonors_Giving_Back@hiltonres.com detailing the number of points you’d like to redeem and include your name, address, and Hilton Honors account number, and REQUEST REWARD CODE.  You can also contact your nearest Hilton Reservations and Customer Care Center.
The minimum donation amount is 10,000 points – equivalent to AED 92 ($25).

 

Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott Hotels
www.marriott.com
Once you have logged into your loyalty account select Use Points or visit Giving.Marriott.com. At the bottom of the page, you will find a wide range of charities such as Al Jalila Foundation, UNICEF, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.   Select the donation you would like to contribute to, select the increment and proceed to donate.
Minimum donation amount is 2500 points – equivalent to AED 36.5 ($10).

 

Wyndham Rewards, Wyndham Hotels
www.wyndhamhotels.com
Once you have logged into your loyalty account at Shop.wyndhamrewards.com, select the Charity option. Charities range from helping people to sustaining the environment.  Once you select the charity you would like to donate to, select the increment and process the donation.
Minimum donation amount is 500 points.

 

 

Telecom loyalty rewards:

 

Smiles, Etisalat (UAE)
www.smilesuae.ae
Log into the Smiles mobile application and select ‘Cash Vouchers.’  From there, navigate down to the charity you would like to donate your Smiles points to.  Once selected, choose the increments of points you would like to donate and click ‘Get Now.’  Charities include reputable establishments such as the Cancer Patient Care Society, Dubai Cares, Noor Dubai Foundation, and Make a Wish Foundation to name a few.
The minimum Donation is 3,125 Points.

 

Neqaty Rewards, Mobily (KSA)
www.mobily.com.sa
Log into your Neqaty account either online or directly through the Mobily app, then select Children with Disability Association from the Neqaty Menu.

 

Nojoom Rewards, Ooredoo (Kuwait)
www.ooredoo.com.kw
Log into your Nojoom account on www.ooredoo.com.kw or through the mobile application.  Once in your account, select Redemption and the charity partner you would like to donate towards.  Enter your phone number and an e-voucher will be sent to your account.

 

Nojoom Rewards, Ooredoo (Qatar)
www.ooredoo.qa
Log into your Nojoom account on www.ooredoo.qa or through the mobile application.  Once in your account, select Redemption and the charity partner you would like to donate towards.  Charity partners include the Qatar Cancer Society, Qatar Red Crescent, and Qatar Charity.  Enter your phone number and an e-voucher will be sent to your account.
Minimum Donation is 1,100 Points – equivalent to QR25.

 

 

Banks/Credit Cards:

 

ADCB Touch Points, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (UAE)
www.adcb.com
Visit the ADCB Touch Points Donation Page to log into your loyalty account and select a donation.  There are currently 7 charities accepting donations of Touch Points including Al Jalila Foundation, Emirates Red Crescent, and the World Wildlife Fund.
The minimum donation is 11,500 touchpoints – the equivalent of AED 50.

 

CBI Rewards Loyalty Program, Commercial Bank International (UAE)
www.cbiuae.com
Visit http://cbirewards.cbiuae.com or download the CBI Rewards Mobile App by searching for “CBI Rewards” on Android or iOS App Stores.  Under Donations, select the charity you would like to donate to.  Charities mostly focus on helping people.

 

CBD Rewards, Commercial Bank of Dubai (UAE)
www.cbd.ae
Log into the CBD mobile app or online banking.  Under Rewards, you can select the Charity tab as a redemption category then select the Charity.   Prior to donating, you will need to have accumulated at least 10,000 CBD Reward Points.

 

ENBD Plus Points, Emirates NBD (UAE)
www.emiratesnbd.com
Visit the ENBD donation page to register for your donation.  Your donation goes towards the Emirates Humanitarian Fund and in support of the Emirates Red Crescent.
1 Plus Points is equal to 1 AED – no minimum requirement.

 

Membership Rewards, American Express (GCC)
www.americanexpress.com.bh
Log into your MR account on the Membership Rewards Reward store and select the ‘Give Back’ option.  You can select from two charity organizations that are currently in partnership with MR in the region: UNICEF and Save the Children.
The minimum donation is 1,000 Points.

 

Ajwaa Program, Bank Al Jazira (KSA)
www.bankaljazira.com
BAJ has two loyalty programs but the donation of points is facilitated between Ajwaa and the two partners participating: Al Nahda and Children with Disability Association.  Log into www.ajwaa.com.sa using your membership ID.  Select ‘Points Exchange,’ then select ‘Transfer to Make a Donation’ and click Cash Donation.
The minimum donation is 200 Ajwaa Points – equivalent to SAR1.

 

Mokafa’a Program, Al Rajhi Bank (KSA)
www.alrajhibank.com.sa
You can redeem Al Rajhi Rewards points through Al Rajhi Rewards website by using the same Al Mubasher username and password.  Multiple charities are currently listed so you can select the one you prefer.
The minimum donation has not been clarified.

 

Tedallal Rewards Program, Al Awwal Bank (KSA)
www.alawwalbank.com
Log into your Tedallal account online or through the application and select to redeem your points under charity – the charity that is currently offered is Disabled Children’s Association.
The minimum donation has not been clarified.

 

JANA Rewards Program, Banque Saudi Fransi (KSA)
www.alfransi.com.sa
JANA Rewards has made it convenient for you to redeem your points earned for charities.  The program has over 10 charity projects participating with set increments from SAR 20 to SAR 100 options.  Log into your Jana Rewards account online and Select the Donate Points Option from the top menu.
The minimum donation is 200 Points – equivalent to SAR 20.

 

WooW Rewarding Program, Saudi Investment Bank (KSA)
www.saib.com.sa
Saudi Investment Bank’s WooW Al Khair initiative allows you to donate your WooW points to over 40 different charities in Saudi Arabia.  Log into your Flexx Click account, click on the Woow Rewards tab then under WooW Catalog select WooW Al Khair and the charity you would like to donate to.
The minimum donation is 1,000 Points.

 

Other rewards program:

 

Careem Rewards, Careem (UAE)
www.careem.com
Log into the Smiles mobile application and select ‘Cash Vouchers.’  From there, navigate down to the charity you would like to donate your Smiles points to.  Once selected, choose the increments of points you would like to donate and click ‘Get Now.’  Charities include reputable establishments such as the Cancer Patient Care Society, Dubai Cares, Noor Dubai Foundation, and Make a Wish Foundation to name a few.
The minimum Donation is 3,125 Miles.

 

 

 

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