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Airfare Discounts for American Military Families

America’s military families can save on commercial air transportation through a number of programs designed to reward our military families for their service. Most of these are not advertised well or sometimes not at all, so you need to ask (and possibly ask again) for a military discount when making your reservation. Like all special prices, savvy KCL travelers know to compare the lowest military fare with the lowest possible airfare. Sometimes there’s a special fare that beats all discounts. Below are a few of the military discounts programs for airfare currently offered:

1. Veterans Advantage Program.  If you travel a lot (or have a large family), it might make sense to invest in a Veteran’s Advantage Card. This card, offered to active US military personnel, veterans and their dependents, costs $60/year, but it qualifies you for a host of discounts. Among these is a 5 percent off of airfare with United Airlines. Other travel companies that offer discounts to Veterans Advantage cardholders include Amtrak, Carnival Cruise Line, Thrifty Rent-a-Car and Choice Hotels.

2. American Airlines Military Discount.  American Airlines offers military discounts to active military personnel and their families as well as relaxed advance purchase requirements, access to preferred seating and preferential boarding privileges. Call American at 800 433-7300 for more information.

3. Delta Airlines Military Discount. Delta Airlines offers unpublished discount airfares to active military personnel and their dependents. These discounts are only available by calling or visiting a Delta reservation office, not online or via a travel agent. Call Delta at 800 221-1212.

4. Southwest Airlines. Southwest also offers military discounts to active military personnel and their families. These discounts are only available by contacting Southwest directly, not online, via a travel booking site or through your travel agent. Call Southwest at 800 I FLY SWA.

All of these discounts require you to show a valid military ID.

Do you know of any other air discounts for military families and veterans?

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6 thoughts on “Airfare Discounts for American Military Families”

  1. Disney vacantions offers great deals for returning vets. When my husband came back from Afghanistan last year we took our family of 6 to Disney for a week. For all of us less than 2000 that included park hopper passes for all days, meal pass package, and condo at Saratoga Springs resort… awesome deal. I think this is only available for returning vets though.

  2. For all those military families who need to fly there are free flights that the military offers through space a travel. If you haven’t looked into this you should. They are military aircraft that have room for passengers. There is no charge, no fee’s for baggage, nothing, it is free. They are offered mostly through the AF bases, and any branch can fly. Retired, active duty, dependents, reservists and guard members can all fly. Flight info is given out up to 72 hours in advance some bases have a facebook page and others you have to call to get the flight schedule. There are flights in the US and overseas. If you have a BX/PX near you there is a yellow book you buy (Military Travel Guide) that has all the bases/posts and if they have space a, hotel, RV parking, camping spots, everything you need for travel. Lodging rates are based on rank and you will not find a better rate for lodging then on base. There is also info on military resorts at popular vacation getaway spots, disney world, lake tahoe, Alaska seward resort, Rocky mountains, well you get the idea. I have personally flown space a and had a great experience and have stayed on base/post lodging multiple times. I often ended up in an actual fully furnished house and the rate is always the same whether it’s hotel style or a vacation house rental. 

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow I didn’t know this. I just booked a flight yesterday to Rome and just called Delta to see if I could get it cheaper and it looks like I already got the cheapest. I definitely will remember this for future flights.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cruiselines and tour companies also offer military discounts.  Tell your travel agent that you qualify so they can confirm the discounts for you.  They can be quite attractive and may make your precious vacation time more affordable.

  5. Anonymous says:

    thanks Im glad u posted this I hv a family of 5 & were definetly going to take atvantage of this!

  6. Eva Coronita says:

    I’m taking advantage of this