Travelling: Using Military Discount

If military families are experts on anything it’s traveling. Whether we are making a PCS move cross-country, taking a road trip to visit family, or sneaking away for a post-deployment vacation, we’re always on the go.

Traveling is even more fun when you find great discounts to help you out along the way. Military families also have access to benefits available to them for many of their travel needs.

There are lots of different ways to travel and lots of ways to use military discounts and benefits. What kind of traveler are you?

Travel by Sea

Sometimes the best way to travel is by boat. A really big boat.

Cruises are fun and relaxing family vacation options. And cruise lines like Carnival, Princess Cruises, MSC Cruises and Disney Cruise Line all offer military discounts.

Travel by Air

One fun way to travel is to fly Space Available or Space A. Service members, retirees and their families can fill seats on DoD-owned or controlled aircraft that aren’t filled by space-required (duty) passengers and cargo.

While this is a great way to find discounted flights, it requires more flexibility and patience than flying on commercial airlines because schedules are subject to change and, as the name implies, seats aren’t always available on the flight you want.

Visit Air Mobility Command for more information on necessary documentation and terminals.

Want to stick with commercial airlines? Some airlines, like Southwest, Delta, American Airlines and JetBlue, offer deals to military personnel on airfare and/or baggage so make sure to ask about military discounts when booking your flight.

You can even use your military benefits to ease the hassle of layovers in between flights by relaxing at a USO center. The USO offers military families a place to kick back and watch TV, access the Internet, have a snack, let the kids run around in a play area, and even take a nap. Visit the USO website to locate a center. Don’t forget your military ID!

TSA also salutes the military by offering expedited screening. Eligible members on personal or official travel don’t need to travel in uniform to participate, and accompanying family members ages 12 and under can be processed through expedited screening as well. Learn more at the TSA website.

Travel by Land 

Not a fan of flying? You can find great military discounts when traveling by land as well.

Some families prefer to pack up the car and hit the road, but if you don’t want to put extra miles on your personal vehicle or travel requirements leave you longing for a larger vehicle, consider renting a car. You can find great military discounts at Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Penske and Sixt.

Have you always wanted to travel the open road with your family in an RV? No problem. Many MWR facilities rent campers (and you can find military campgrounds to park that camper as well). Find your local MWR office on our base guide for more details and pricing.

Want to leave the driving to someone else? Hop on a bus or train. Greyhound and Amtrak both offer 10% military discounts on rail fare. Amtrak also shows their appreciation for our troops by allowing uniformed service members to the head of the ticket line.

No matter what your travel method of choice is, you can always find military discounts as well as military benefits you already have. Safe travels!

2020 Military Appreciation Month Discounts

Service members and families are being honored during Military Appreciation Month with a variety of discounts in 2020. Below are some highlighted offerings.


On May 24 and 25, Carowinds will waive the admission fee for active military, retired military, National Guard and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. They also offer free tickets for veterans with an honorable or medical discharge. Family members can enjoy special military offers, too.

Michigan’s Adventure

On May 24 and 25, Michigan’s Adventure will waive the regular admission fee for active and retired members of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve. Military personnel can purchase up to six discounted tickets for immediate family members for $27 each.

Splashway Waterpark and Campground

Active military, veterans and their immediate family receive 50% off tickets throughout the Memorial Day weekend at Splashway Waterpark and Campground in Sheridan, Texas.

Academy Sports + Outdoors

Current and former military members and their immediate families get 10% off their entire purchase both in-store and online May 12 through May 27.

AMC Theatres

Military, veterans and their dependents get a free large popcorn May 24 through May 27 at participating theatres.

Bad to the Bone BBQ 

Bad to the Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano, California is offering a 10% discount on all food purchases throughout the month of May.

Birmingham Zoo

Active duty, retired military, veterans and their dependents get free admission to the zoo May 25 through 27.

Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s military. The 2019 Blue Star Museums program will begin on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and end on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.

Busch Gardens

Through the Waves of Honor program, former military personnel and up to three guests may enjoy one complimentary admission to Busch Gardens in Virginia and Florida. Tickets must be obtained online by June 9 and redeemed at the park for visitation by July 15, 2019.

California’s Great America

Active or retired military members receive free admission on May 25­ through May 27. Additionally, military members can purchase up to six tickets for family and friends for just $24 each.

Cedar Point

Military members get free admission during Memorial Day weekend (May 24 to 27). All active, retired or honorably discharged military members are eligible, plus up to six Cedar Point tickets can be purchased for immediate family members at the military discount rate.

Cincinnati Zoo

All members of the military will receive free admission on Memorial Day.  The offer also allows military personnel to purchase up to six half-price admission tickets for members of their immediate family. Military personnel who qualify for the free admission ticket and discount offer for family members include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID.

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg offers free admission during Memorial Day weekend to all active-duty military, retired, veterans, activated or drilling reservists, National Guard personnel, and up to three direct dependents. Keep in mind that active-duty, activated or drilling reservists, and National Guard personnel must select one complimentary day per year.

Crayola Experience in Easton, PA

All active, retired and veteran military members receive free admission throughout May. Your immediate family receives 25% off admission.

Dorney Park

On May 25 through 27, Dorney Park will waive the regular admission fee for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Up to 6 immediate family members of military personnel can purchase tickets for only $29.99.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is honoring active military and veterans by treating them to a free lunch or dinner entree with the purchase of an entree on Memorial Day, May 27.

Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao is offering 50% off a meal for any veteran or active duty personnel on Memorial Day, May 27. Up to three guests per military veteran/personnel will receive 10% off their meals.

Food Lion

On May 27, Food Lion stores will offer a 10% MVP discount to all active military personnel and veterans.

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

Active or retired military members get free admission for themselves, and up to 6 additional tickets to the park for $30 each, May 25 through 27.

Goodyear Auto Service

Active duty military and veterans who schedule an appointment from May 23 to 27 for service before June 13 will receive a free car care check, including checks on tires, brakes, alignment and brake/power-steering fluid, as well as 10% off of Goodyear tires.

HealthSource Chiropractic

HealthSource Chiropractic is giving active and former military members free exams and x-rays throughout May at approximately 250 clinics nationwide.


Military families get a 40% discount on tickets and free parking during Military Appreciation Weekend, May 17 through 19.

Home Depot

All veterans are eligible for Home Depot’s 10% military discount on Memorial Day with a DoD-issued ID, a DD214 or a Veterans Driver’s License. (This discount is good for veterans on July 4th and Veterans Day as well.)


On Monday, May 27, current and former U.S. military members get a free entrée from the Hooters Memorial Day Menu at participating Hooters locations.


From May 17 through June 3, active duty, Reservist/National Guard, veteran, and retired U.S. military personnel get an additional $1,000 credit toward a new Hyundai vehicle.

Indianapolis Zoo

Current and former members of the military are admitted free on Memorial Day. Plus, all non-military family members receive a $2 discount on day-of, on-site ticket purchases.

Just Tires

Active duty military and veterans who schedule an appointment from May 23 to 27 for service before June 13 will receive a free car care check, including checks on tires, brakes, alignment and brake/power-steering fluid, as well as 10% off of Goodyear tires.

Kings Dominion

Active and retired military will receive free park admission on May 25 through 27. Their family members can purchase tickets online for $39.99.

Kings Island

Kings Island is offering military personnel free admission May 24 through May 27. Qualifying military personnel can also purchase discount tickets at a special price of $35 per ticket for up to six family members at the park.

LaMar’s Donuts

Active duty and retired military get a free donut and coffee at participating locations on Memorial Day.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

During the month of May, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston will be offering free admission to all active duty, reserves, and military veterans while offering 50% off Walk Up Admission for their friends and families.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia

During the month of May, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia will be offering free admission to all active duty, reserves, and military veterans while offering 50% off Walk Up Admission for their friends and families.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester

During the month of May, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester will be offering free admission to all active duty, reserves, and military veterans while offering 50% off Walk Up Admission for their friends and families.

Logan’s Roadhouse

Logan’s Roadhouse will offer a free meal from their American Roadhouse Meals menu to active duty service members and veterans on May 27 from 3 – 6 p.m.

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

Magic Springs is saluting members of the military (active and veterans) with free admission April 27 to May 27. Family members are $35.99 plus tax May 11 through 27 when accompanied by a military member.

McCormick & Schmick’s

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants are offering a complimentary entrée on May 27 to Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse), veterans and active members of the military and National Guard.

Mission BBQ

Veterans and active duty military get a free sandwich the week of May 13. (Dates vary by service branch.)

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium is offering free admission for veterans and active-duty service members May 25 to 27. Family members receive $10 off general admission when each person shows a dependent ID.

Navy Federal Credit Union

Navy Federal Credit Union is celebrating Military Appreciation Month with the launch of special offers, including $25 when you open a new Active Duty Checking account and select digital combined statements, $250 cash back when you refinance your current auto loan with Navy Federal from another lender and more.

NY Waterway

Service men and women in uniform or those who have a valid military ID showing their active duty or veteran status can ride free on all NY Waterway ferry routes during Fleet Week, May 22 through 28.

Ninety Nine Restaurant and Pub

On Monday, May 27, veterans and active military can purchase any meal and enjoy a free entrée from the 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 Menu.

Oregon Zoo

On May 27, military veterans and their families, active military personnel and their families, and families of deployed military personnel get free admission. The zoo store will also be offering a 10% discount and all zoo restaurants will be offering a 10% discount to veterans, active military personnel and their families.

Outback Steakhouse

Outback is offering a 20% off Heroes Discount from May 23 through May 27.

Rack Room Shoes

Rack Room Shoes offers a 10% discount off your entire purchase in stores on Memorial Day to anyone with a military ID.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill

On May 27, active duty military and veterans get one free adult entree, with the purchase of another adult entree with coupon.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks

Members of the military are admitted free during American Heroes Week May 27 to June 2, 2019 to all Schlitterbahn Waterparks. Tickets for spouses and dependent children are available for 40% off the gate price.


In honor of Military Appreciation Month, military and veterans save an additional 10% on Paints & Stains during the month of May.

Silverwood Theme Park

Military personnel and veterans receive free admission on May 25, 26 and 27. Their immediate family members (spouse and children) also receive a special discounted rate ($24.00 plus tax, ages 8-64, $19.00 plus tax, ages 3-7 and 65+, a savings of up to $14.00).

Sleep Number

Through June 2, Sleep Number is offering an exclusive military offer of $100 off your purchase on top of any sale pricing.

Sun Splash Family Waterpark

On May 27, active or retired military, disabled veterans, and military reservists receive a free one-day admission, and up to 4 family members accompanying military personnel can receive a $3 discount off general admission.

Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil offers 50% off for veterans and active-duty military and 20% off for up to eight guests of the veteran or active-duty military personnel May 27 through 29.

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is offering a free meal from a select menu on May 27 for active duty military and veterans.


On May 24 through 27, Valleyfair will waive the regular admission fee for active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Up to six immediate family members of military personnel can purchase tickets for $37.

Virginia Aquarium

On Sundays and Mondays in May, anyone who shows a valid military ID will receive 50% off the purchase of an Aquarium admission.

Worlds of Fun

Active duty military and veterans receive complimentary admission to Worlds of Fun on May 18 (Armed Forces Day) and May 27 (Memorial Day). Military personnel can also purchase up to six discounted tickets for their immediate family.

Military Discounts for Spring Break

Spring is so close we can almost feel it. Even if your fingers aren’t yet thawed out from the winter cold, it’s time to start planning for Spring Break.

You may think your budget can’t allow for too much fun, but with the help of military discounts, you can have tons of Spring Break fun without breaking the bank.

If you’re thinking about traveling, start your planning process with the American Forces Travel, an exclusive discount travel website managed by Priceline.

Need some suggestions for what to do? Here are six Spring Break ideas for the entire family:

1. Relax at a resort.

Sandals resorts offer a 10% military discount. They have locations in beautiful places like the Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados and more.

You can also check into Armed Forces Recreation Centers, or AFRCs, which are Joint Service Facilities operated by the Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs. Probably the best known AFRC is Shades of Green, located at Disney World in Florida. You can get great room rates (and if you’re a golfer, check out their discounted golf rates for military).

So book your stay at a resort and spend your Spring Break relaxing in the sun.

2. Plan a staycation.

Staying home doesn’t have to be boring. Do you live in an area that has attractions to offer visitors, but never take advantage of visiting them? Spring Break is the perfect time to check out what your area has to offer.

Visit your local military installation’s ITT office to get some ideas and possibly discounted tickets to local attractions.

You can also use this time to check out local restaurants you haven’t had a chance to try. Some restaurants, like Greene Turtle, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Ryan’s, Old Country Buffet, Melting Pot and Hard Rock Cafe, advertise military discounts, but many restaurants don’t advertise so make sure you ask wherever you dine.

Then go see that movie you keep hearing about. Movie theaters like Cinemark and Regal offer military discounts.

3. Take a cruise.

Have you always wanted to go on a cruise but worried it wasn’t affordable? Many cruise lines offer military discounts including Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, and Disney Cruise Line.

4. Visit theme parks.

Is there a theme park your family would love to visit? A wide variety of theme parks, like Busch Gardens, Knott’s Berry Farm and Disney World, offer military discounts.

5. Learn a lesson.

Learn during Spring Break? Really? Remember, learning can be fun and can create wonderful memories for everyone. Visit places like Colonial Williamsburg, The National Aquarium, Presidential Libraries, and National Parks — all with military discounts.

Blue Star Families also offers their Blue Star Theatres program, which gets you free or discounted tickets to more than 150 theatres and playhouses around the country.

Another learning experience for Spring Break is to find some local volunteering opportunities. Depending on your family members’ ages, you can volunteer at local soup kitchens or nursing homes and not only make an impact on those you help, but your children can also learn the valuable lesson of helping others.

Could your kids use the time to catch up on studies? offers free tutoring for military families.

6. Hit the road.

Even if you don’t go on a cruise or head to a resort, Spring Break is a great time for a road trip. Whether you’re visiting family and friends or heading out for some sight-seeing, make sure to use all the military discounts out there while you travel.

Need a rental car? There are lots of military discounts on rental cars, including Alamo and Sixt.

Need somewhere to stay? Hotels like Marriott, Red Roof Inn, Hilton, Best Western, Choice Hotels and Motel 6 all offer military discounts.