Support patient travel
Transportation to the NIH Clinic
For patients under age 21, airfare for the patient and one parent is provided. For patients age 21 and over, airfare is provided for the patient only. Exceptions for travel support for an additional person can be requested and if approved, travel expenses will be provided. Travel expenses are authorized for patients residing outside a 50 mile radius of the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. For patients who reside less than 50 miles from the NIH, neither travel expenses nor food vouchers are provided. For patients who reside outside the United States, airfare will be provided from the closest point of entry within the United States. Free round trip shuttle service is available from the three local DC airports.
If you need to find other forms of patient travel assistance, please review the list below.
Travel Assistance for Medical Care
Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilots are dedicated to community service. This site lists volunteers who perform public benefit flying for health care, patient transport, disaster relief, environmental support, and other missions of public service.
For flights request call toll-free: 1-888-260-9707
Air Charity Network, formerly Angel Flight America, 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. To request assistance call 1-877-621-7177
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 and their families who cannot afford to utilize normal, commercial transportation.
For flights request call toll-free: 1-800-549-9980
Continental Airlines offers free flights every six months. Make your reservations at least six months in advance. They use donated Sky Miles to cover the costs of these flights. For further information, you can call Continental Care Force at 281-261-6626 c/o Bob Jack.
Corporate Angel Network aims to ease the emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden of travel for adult and pediatric cancer patients by arranging free flights to recognized treatment centers, using the empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business. The toll-free patient line is 866-328-1313.
Delta Airlines (Delta AirSky Wish) can be contacted by calling Christina Walker at 800-892-2757 ext. 285.
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. Call toll-free to speak to a Flight Coordinator: 1-800-822-7972
Mercy Medical Airlift ensures that no needy patient is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis or treatment for lack of a means of long-distance medical air transportation. They ensure the provision of urgent transportation in situations of compelling human need and homeland security emergencies.
For more information, call 1-888-675-1405
Midwest Express Miracle Miles offers one free flight and additional ones are discounted. Contact Natalie Fuerst at 414-570-3644.
National Patient Air Transport Helpline provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network.
For more information, call 1-800-296-1217.
Operation Liftoff provides air transportation for children with a life threatening illness for a treatment trip.