Convert your travel rewards into hope for Syrian Refugees


Convert your Aeroplan Miles into hope for Syrian Refugees

This holiday season, when searching for an impactful way to capture the spirit of the season, why not consider making a donation to a cause that is changing lives?

We consider ourselves to be very fortunate and privileged. We have a healthy family, a cozy home, an education and the opportunity to travel the world regularly. We are lucky to live in a wonderful country that values freedom and human rights. For this, we are eternally thankful and grateful.

Sadly, there are many people in this world that aren’t as fortunate.

Many people wake up every day living in fear, ripped from their homes because of war and death. It feels like every morning the newspaper brings more news of tragedy.

I’m still haunted by the heartbreaking image of Alan Kurdi, the young Syrian boy found lying face-down on a beach in Turkey, drowned while trying to escape the war torn region for a better life.

It still creates a lump in my throat when I look at the image. As a parent, I can’t even imagine. I can’t even write the words.

We are encouraged by the new Canadian government’s pledge to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada over the next few months (the current deadline is March). We strongly believe that it is our duty as humans to help one another in times of crisis. We can always do more.

Lifeline Syria

Today, we want to draw your attention to a Canadian charity called Lifeline Syria.

It is a community engagement initiative which will recruit, train and assist sponsor groups to welcome and support 1,000 Syrian Refugees coming to Canada over the next 2 years.

We learned of Lifeline Syria through our partnership with Aeroplan. The charity is one of hundreds of charities supported by the Beyond Miles program, Aeroplan’s Charitable Pooling Program that focuses on supporting organizations and individuals who want to improve the lives of people in their local communities.

The Beyond Miles program allows Aeroplan members to donate some of their Aeroplan Miles to important initiatives like Lifeline Syria.

Lifeline Syria’s community engagement initiative will:

  • Enrich Canada as every other refugee movement has in the past
  • Enhance Canada’s refugee resettlement commitment
  • Provide opportunities for ordinary people to respond to a humanitarian crisis
  • Assist Syrian families in the Greater Toronto Area to be reunited with friends & family
  • Give refugees an opportunity to restart their lives in Canada

We’ve donated some of our Aeroplan Miles and we encourage you to do the same. Every little bit helps. Your donations will make a difference in the lives of Syrian refugees seeking a better life.

Donate your Aeroplan Miles to Lifeline Syria here:

It’s really easy to donate. Simply login to your Aeroplan account and visit the Beyond Miles page. Lifeline Syria is one of over 560 active charities that have partnered with Beyond Miles.

Once you’ve logged into your account, search for a charity you wish to help. Click on the orange ‘Donate’ button, then select the amount of Aeroplan Miles you wish to donate. The miles are automatically deducted from your account and you receive a confirmation email with details.

You can also donate on behalf of someone else. So, you can donate your miles in the name of your friend or family member. Just print the confirmation and put it in a card.

It’s a very thoughtful gift idea that truly captures the spirit of the season.


About Traveling Canucks

Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.