Whether you are active duty, retired, or a veteran, there are military discounts on flights and other military discount vacation deals for you. You have come to the right place…We will help you wade through the noise and try to tell fact from fiction.
Hotels are one of the places where you will get the most savings when planning a vacation. The vast majority of hotels offer at least 10% military discount, some as much as 30%. There are a few notable standouts in this category, especially those that offer “per diem” rates for government employees and military. Per diem rates are rarely available for the most popular locations (Las Vegas strip, close to major attractions or downtown), but if you are willing to stay a bit further out, you can save some good money!
Many Hilton locations offer a military and veteran discount active duty, VETERANS, retired nmilitary, and government employees the per diem rate…This can often be as much as 50% off the advertised room rates. The one caveat here is that they do not usually offer these rates in the city centers or close to major tourist attractions. You are not likely to find the per diem rates at the Hiltons right next to Disney World or Universal Studios, or if you are travelling to San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York, you will not find the per diem rates offered at the downtown hotels…but if you are willing to stay a few minutes outside the city, you can save big. See our listing page for a link to Hilton’s military discount information page.
Like Hilton, many Marriott locations also offer per diem rates for active military and government employees…But again, you will generally not get this rate at downtown hotels, or those close to major tourist attractions. See out Marriott listing for a link to Marriott’s military discount information page. http://www.justformilitary.com/marriott
TownePlace Suites is part of the Marriott family and also offers the per diem rate. What wets them apart, is that many of their rooms come with kitchens, so you can save money by not dining out for every meal.
Members of the Best Western Service Rewards program will receive a discount of 10 percent or more on room rates at Best Western hotels, plus an automatic upgrade to Best Western Rewards Gold Elite status, allowing them to earn 10 percent bonus points on each qualified stay
For every stay a member makes, Best Western will donate an additional 10 percent of the points earned to the Fisher House Foundation Hotels for Heroes program on their behalf.
The reality here is that most airlines do offer military discounts on fares, however they do not advertise them, and you cannot get them on the web…You will have to call and talk to a customer service rep. From what we have found, most of the military discounts can be quite small, often around 5%, but some airlines offer great savings in other ways (mainly reduced or free check baggage fees).
We have found a number of third-party sites that claim to search military discount fares, but the result is most often the same or sometimes a little more expensive that the fare aggregators (Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, Orbitz, etc…).
American Airlines does offer some unspecified discount on some routes, you have to call their reservations number. See our listing for that number, and a link to their website. http://www.justformilitary.com/american-airlines
AA Cargo does offer members of the military and their dependents a 50% military discount on shipping pets.
Delta Vacations offers up to a 5% military discount on travel, plus bonus miles and no blackout dates. See details at our listing.
Southwest does offer special military rates for active duty, and sometimes dependents…Southwest charges NO baggage fees for active duty military. See our detailed listing for more info.
Amtrak offers a 10% military discount to active duty military and their families…plus they allow uniformed personnel to go to the front of the line! http://www.justformilitary.com/amtrak
For more military discounts in travel, see our detailed posts about Las Vegas and Disney: