Active military personnel and their families are often stationed thousands of miles from loved ones. But flights home (or even a vacation) can cost a pretty penny. Many airlines offer military discounts. Use the list below to learn how to get one the next time you fly.
Airlines do not usually list their military discount fares online but instead require you to book via the phone.
There are flight search engines including MilitaryFares, CheapOair and OneTravel that claim you can book online to receive a military discount. However, I did a quick search using these services and noticed the flights were either the same price as a regular fare or more expensive than booking directly through the airline.
Active duty U.S. military members and U.S. military dependents on travel orders can check up to five bags for free.
Allegiant’s military discount services are available U.S. active duty, reserve duty, National Guard, veterans, spouses or dependents. Discounts include up to three free pieces of checked luggage, one free carry-on piece and free seat assignments. Additionally, one pet can ride in the cabin for free.
A military rate is available but a representative explained this may not always be the best available price. Call American Airlines at 1-800-433-7300 for details.
Active U.S. military and dependents traveling on order receive up to five bags free of charge. Active U.S. military can check up to three complimentary pieces of luggage. Be sure to have your ID handy.
Delta provides discounted flights and exclusive vacation deals for active duty U.S. service members. Additionally, active duty military personnel on personal travel receive two free checked pieces of luggage.
Active military are permitted to check an unlimited number of bags for free. This also includes one carry-on piece of luggage. Details unavailable on the Frontier website but the information was verified through a Frontier representative.
U.S. military passengers are permitted two complimentary bags when traveling on military/government fares or personal travel. Note that a valid active duty military ID is required when checking in.
JetBlue offers a military (MIL) fare to active duty service personnel and their spouses or children. This fare is available for non-duty travel. JetBlue requires the name of the active duty military member, branch of service and military rank to confirm the reservation.
Active duty receive one free carry-on and two free checked bags.
Southwest offers military fares to active duty military and their dependents. Note that military personnel must have a valid military ID. Dependents are required to have an active privilege card.
Through United’s Veterans Advantage program, active military, veteran, retired military, current or former National Guard or reservist and their dependents receive a 5 percent discount on airfare.
Virgin Atlantic Airlines
A representative stated that there currently are no Virgin Atlantic military discounts available.
On some occasions, and referenced with American Airlines, military fares may be more expensive than standard listed fares. Take a few minutes and see what fares are listed online before calling the airline.