Saturday 17 March 2018

This generous dad is using his air miles to help people get home for Christmas

Peter Shankman and his daughter (Photo: Imgur/phsny)
Peter Shankman and his daughter (Photo: Imgur/phsny)
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A generous dad is using his frequent flier miles to help other people get home this Christmas.

Peter Shankman, a business consultant from New York, spends a lot of time in the air on flights between talks and conferences all over the world.

Peter has flown over 350,000 miles this year and accumulated a huge number of frequent flier miles with United Airlines. Last year, he used some of those miles and the website Imgur to help people get home, and he hopes to do the same this year.

“Because of how much I fly, I have a TON of frequent flier miles. I usually give them to my assistant, my family and my friends. Needless to say, this makes them very happy,” his post on Imgur reads.

“Again this year, even after giving away my miles to my assistant, my friends, and my family, I have a lot of miles left over. I’d like to send at least two, (hopefully three or four or more) Imgurians home for the holidays this year, because I like making people smile.

“And like last year, I'm not going to choose who goes home. You are. So choose wisely. I'm not going to choose who wins. You are. The authors of the posts in the Home for the Holidays category with the most upvotes will go home,” he continued.

Mr Shankman’s post will stay live until 5pm EST this Friday, when the posts with the most ‘upvotes’ will be chosen.

He is hoping that other frequent fliers will donate miles to help people get home.

“If you travel a ton like me, and you want to help too, you can donate your miles to help Imgurians get home, too! Simply head over to - My friends over there will take care of everything - Again - no charge - no selling, no strings.”

Anyone who wants to make a post and compete for the air miles will need to be flying on United Airlines within the US, but since Mr Shankman’s post has almost 800,000 views already, he has found plenty of people in need.

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