You may all have already heard about the unfortunate disaster (Typhoon Haiyan) in the Philippines. If you are looking to donate to a charity, Air Miles and the Canadian Red Cross are teaming up. You can donate your Air Miles to the Canadian Red Cross Philippines Disaster Relief Fund, where 190 points will equal to $20. To your credit, you will receive a tax receipt from the Canadian Red Cross within 90 days, just in time for your 2013 tax return.
Furthermore, the government is going to match whatever you donate. This means when you donate 190 points for $20, the government will match your $20, bringing a total donation of $40.
If you were looking to give a donation, but tight with finances, this is an amazing way to contribute. The tax receipt is just icing on the cake. This is another reason why it is extremely beneficial to earn points whenever you can because you never know when they can come in handy.
I hope that the Philippines will find a way to unify, recover and emerge stronger from Typhoon Haiyan.