These organizations provide airline flights for patients that need to travel for medical reasons.
One parent reports that if you contact the airlines for medical issues they will let you have the cheapest rate for the airfare, meaning even though you are leaving tomorrow, they will give you the same discount as though you did a 30 day advance ticket.
Air Care Alliance
"The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilots are dedicated to community service. This site will introduce you to us and to all the groups we list whose volunteers perform public benefit flying for health care, patient transport, disaster relief, environmental support, and other missions of public service."
Angel Flight, Inc. People Flying People in Need
Angel Flight is a non-profit organization of pilots and other volunteers dedicated to serving the community by arranging free private air transportation for medical patients who cannot afford to utilize normal, commercial transportation. Angel Flight also provides services to blood, organ and tissue banks. Angel Flight is a member of Air Care Alliance, a group of 37 organizations providing similar services throughout the United States. These groups are coordinated through a toll-free service (NPATH) that helps individuals in need find assistance in their area.
Angel Flight America, Inc.
www.airlifeline.org and www.angelflightamerica.org
Angel Flight® America (AFA) provides access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis.
Cancer Air Flights
Lists a number of organizations that assist cancer survivors and their caregivers with transportation to and from treatments.
Children's Flight of Hope
Children's Flight of Hope provides free, private air transportation to and from medical facilities for children in need. "With our organization-owned aircraft and crew of experienced volunteer pilots, we transport children and their families to and from hospitals throughout the eastern United States. We seek to ensure that children in our service area (North Carolina) are not denied access to medical treatment at distant facilities due to either financial need or a medical condition that precludes travel via ground or commercial aircraft."
Bob Jack at (281) 261-6626.
Has a contract with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for reduced or free airline tickets.
Corporate Angel Network
(914) 328 1313
Free flights for cancer patients and their families. Private jets used by corporations that have empty seats, free flights. No financial requirements. One of many advantages is low risk of exposure to contagious illness because just a few people are on plane.
Delta AirSky Wish at United Way
Free flights, no financial requirements. Call 1-800-892-2757 ext. 285, Christina Walker. Difficult to get into as often short on miles.
LifeLine Pilots is a private, non-profit organization that provides people in medical and financial distress with access to free air transportation on small (4-6 seat), private aircraft for health care and other compelling human needs.
Mercy Medical Airlift
(MMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in situations of compelling human need through the provision of charitable air transportation. MMA is totally supported through charitable giving and the services of volunteer pilots and office assistants.
Midwest Express Miracle Miles
One free flight, thereafter flights are discounted. No financial requirements. Call Natalie Fuerst at 1-414-570-3644.
Miracle Flights for Kids
(800) -359-1711 or (702) 261-0494
Transporting children to medical treatment since 1985.
National Patient Air Travel HELPLINE
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available through the Angel Flight America Network. Call 1-800-296-1217. Once NPATH, now also known as www.patienttravel.org.
Northwest Airlines, Kid Cares program
The Northwest Airlines KidCares medical travel program provides air travel to children age 18 and younger who are unable to receive treatment in their home area. Those with financial need have priority. 1-612-726-4206.
TWA Operation Liftoff
"Providing special trips to children who are facing life threatening illness." Free flights, no financial requirements. Operation Liftoff provides air transportation for children with a life threatening illness for a wish trip or treatment trip.