July 4, 2017

Travel Assistance

Corporations and nonprofits that offer assistance to families who are traveling for medical treatment.  The following is a list of these resources.

Air Care Alliance – Referral agency for TWA Operation Liftoff and AirLife Line

Air Flight America – A national network of volunteer pilots who provide free air transportation for ambulatory patients and time critical cargo.
800- 446-1231

American Airlines / Miles for Kids in Need – American Airlines offers one flight per patient; must be referred by a non-profit organization. Based on financial need which must be verified. Telephone 817-469-9474

Angel Flight West – Angel Flight West is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs. Our network of 1,400+ pilots throughout the 13 western states donate their aircraft, piloting skills, and all flying costs to help families in need, enabling them to receive vital treatment that might otherwise be inaccessible because of financial, medical, or geographic limitations.

Corporate Angel Network – Flights on corporate jets for cancer patients, bone marrow donors and bone marrow recipients. 866- 328-1313

Mercy Medical Angels (MMA) – provides access to long distance medical care by providing charitable medical transportation throughout the United States and at times internationally.

Miracle Flights for Kids – Provides free access to health care for families who cannot afford transportation to treatment centers anywhere in America. (702) 261-0494 Fax: 702-261-0497

National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses – Provides information about facilities offering lodging for families and/or patients during medical treatment away from home. 800-542-9730

National Patient Travel Hotline – serves to make referrals and provide “how to get there” assistance for any patient needing to travel to a distant specialized medical facility for evaluation, diagnosis or treatment. Patients served are people for whom the cost of long-distance travel for medical care is difficult financially. 800-296-1217

Ronald McDonald House – Keeping families with sick children close to each other and the care and resources they need. 630-623-7048

Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program – Through the Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program (MTGP) we provide complimentary, round trip tickets to nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation organizations.

Also many of the big airlines offer reduced fares for emergency travel as seen on this USA Today article .

If you know of a resource that we may have missed and would be a great help to a transplant family in need, please write us at contact@transplantfamilies.org .