Man Helps Strangers Travel Home For The Holidays

Entrepreneur Peter Shankman knows the feeling of being away from family all too well as he's constantly traveling for work.

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Shankman, who spends the majority of his time speaking about the customer economy, is ready to close out the year with a grand total of about 350,000 actual flown miles.

For comparison, he explains that the moon is 238,000 miles away--so yeah, that's a LOT of flying.

Needless to say, a flyer that loyal earns himself a decent amount of frequent flyer miles--way too many that he could possibly use on his own.

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That's why for the second year in a row, Shankman wants to donate his spare frequent flyer miles to deserving strangers on the image-sharing website, Imgur.

"After I gave away miles last year, Imgur reached out to thank me, which I thought was super cool," wrote Shankman. "But 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."

Shankman's brilliant idea works like this--Imgur members are encouraged to share their stories of why they want to travel home for the holidays, and the other users upvote the best comments.

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"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."

Fellow users with stockpiled miles are also invited to donate their spare miles, as well.


Way to go, Peter! What a generous idea!

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