Full List of Military Discounts on Flights [Sorted by Airline]

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As a service member you’re probably well-used to spending exorbitant amounts of money on flights. After all, will your parents ever forgive you if you don’t use your leave for a flight home during Christmas?

While you can’t control holiday pricing, you are entitled to some benefits as a member of the military.

You’ve hopefully heard about the free TSA PreCheck you’ll get with a DoD ID card. And you may have also known about airport lounge access if you’re in uniform. While those are nice perks (seriously, skipping the security line can save you a lot of time), they don’t do much to lower the cost of the flight itself, especially when your dates are inflexible. Along with pricey tickets, you may also find yourself faced with hefty baggage fees and charges for flying with your pets.

Fortunately, plenty of airlines and online travel agencies will offer discounts to members of the military — and even veterans — so do yourself a favor and take advantage of these the next time you head home.

Who Qualifies for Military Discounts?

Military Family on Disney Cruise
You’re not the only one who can score military discounts. Active-duty service members, their families, and even veterans can get airfare discounts. Image Credit: Disney Cruises

The military discounts you’re entitled to differ whether you’re active duty, in the reserves, or a veteran. Most airlines will offer a discount to active-duty personnel simply by calling, but veterans will have a harder time of it — in many cases, you’ll need to sign up for Veteran’s Advantage to receive flight discounts. We’ll take a look at the discounts each airline offers and how to take advantage of these perks, but first, let’s talk about Veteran’s Advantage.

Hot Tip: Our comprehensive Military & Veterans Travel Guide helps you get recognition for your service via discounts for airlines, hotels, rental car companies, cruises, theme parks, and more!

What Is Veteran’s Advantage?

If you miss flashing your CAC everywhere you go in order to score those sweet military discounts, you may want to consider signing up for Veteran’s Advantage and its VetRewards program. It’s not free, though the cost varies according to which plan you pick:

Plan30-Day TrialMonth-to-MonthAnnual (12 Months)
Cost$4.95 with an automatic upgrade to an annual plan after the trial ends$9.99 per month$59.99 per year + $4.95 processing fee

In addition to its plethora of shopping and lifestyle discounts, VetRewards also offers discounts on tons of different airlines and hotels. Even better, VetRewards is available to more people than you’d think. If you’re active duty, a veteran, a retiree, or an immediate family member of a service member (active duty or veteran), you’re eligible for VetRewards. That’s huge!

Airlines Offering Military Discounts

Air Canada

Air Canada
Air Canada gives perks to both Canadian and American military. Image Credit: JL IMAGES via Shutterstock

Air Canada is, as you’d think, a Canadian airline. Because of its close proximity to the U.S., American service members still receive some perks.

Baggage Discounts

Air Canada allows members of both the U.S. and Canadian military to check 3 bags up to 70 pounds each for free. This applies to active-duty and retired service members alike and doesn’t change whether you’re traveling on orders or for leisure travel.

Air France

Air France A320 In The Air
Air France is 1 of 2 European airlines to offer benefits to U.S. military. Image Credit: Vincent Genevay via Unsplash

Air France is a member of SkyTeam and operates flights around the world, including to the U.S., the Maldives, and more, which can make its perks highly valuable.

Baggage Discounts

Air France’s baggage discount for military members varies based on your type of travel and cabin of service. If you’re on orders, you and your eligible family can check 5 bags up to 70 pounds each when traveling in economy. If you’re heading on vacation, you — and no one else — can still check 2 bags up to 50 pounds each free of charge.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines bag check agent
Active-duty service members and their dependents can check up to 5 bags each for free. Image Credit: Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is a West Coast-based airline and part of the Oneworld alliance. It’s based in the Pacific Northwest and operates flights all throughout North America.

Airfare Discounts

Alaska offers special military fares to active-duty service members flying during leave, those who have been discharged from the armed forces within the last 7 days, and reservists who are currently activated and on active duty.

Dependents are also eligible to receive the discount; anyone 10 and up must have a dependent ID. Children 9 and under can travel without.

There is no specified discount amount, and the discount isn’t guaranteed on every flight. In order to get it, you’ll need to call Alaska to book your flight at 800-252-7522.

Alaska also offers a 5% flight discount to members of Veteran’s Advantage.

Baggage Discounts

Alaska allows active-duty service members and their dependents to check up to 5 bags each for free. Active-duty service members can take advantage of this whenever they’re flying, while dependents must have valid travel orders in hand in order to qualify. Your bags can weigh up to 70 pounds each, though if you end up checking more than 5, you’ll need to pay a $100 fee per bag.

In-Flight Discounts

In case you (or your 2-year-old) get hungry during the flight, Alaska offers a 15% discount on all food purchased during a flight when you show your valid military ID. This will stack nicely with the 20% rebate offered by the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card, thereby making your airplane food (almost) affordable.

Lounge Discounts

If you’re active duty and traveling on orders, you can get into the Alaska Lounge for free as long as you have your documentation with you.

Pet Discounts

If you’re getting stationed somewhere else, Alaska will give you a discount on shipping your pet via Alaska Air Cargo, though the discounted rate is not specified.

Allegiant Air

Allegiant Aircraft Tail Livery
Allegiant’s military discounts include such oddities as free boarding pass printing at the airport. Image Credit: Allegiant

Allegiant is a low-cost airline that flies all throughout the U.S., including Hawaii. Known for charging additional fees for just about everything — including your carry-on — so military members will benefit by showing their ID cards when checking in. These discounts apply to active-duty and reserve service members as well as veterans.

Baggage Discounts

Military members and their dependents traveling on the same reservation are eligible for a variety of baggage benefits, including 2 free checked bags up to 100 pounds, 1 carry-on item, and 1 personal item.

Pet Discounts

Excitingly, Allegiant will allow you to bring 1 pet in-cabin without charge.

Other Discounts

Military members and their eligible dependents will also be able to print their boarding passes at the airport for free. Active-duty and reserve members can also skip change or cancellation fees when altering a flight due to a change in orders.

American Airlines

American Airlines Admirals Club at Orlando MCO bar stools
Service members in uniform gain free access to Admirals Club lounges. Image Credit: Chris Hassan

American Airlines is one of the “Big 3” airlines in the U.S. and its route network reflects that by featuring flights that span the globe.

Flight Discounts

American Airlines offers discounts on flights to both active-duty military and government members (such as DoD civilians). You’ll have to call 800-433-7300 in order to receive the discount.

AA also offers a 10% discount to veterans and their families who are registered with VetRewards.

Baggage Discounts

Baggage is free for active-duty service members and their families. If you’re traveling on orders, you can get 5 bags, up to 100 pounds each, checked for free. If you’re simply traveling for leave you can still get 3 bags, up to 50 pounds each, instead.

Lounge Discounts

Active-duty service members traveling in uniform on an American Airlines flight get free access to Admirals Club, AA’s network of airport lounges. These lounges offer free food and drinks as well as a respite from busy terminals.

Breeze Airways

Breeze Airways plane
Even the newest airline in the U.S. has special offers for the military. Image Credit: Breeze Airways

The newest airline in the U.S., Breeze Airways launched in May 2021 and covers a series of underserved airports across the U.S.

Baggage Discounts

As an active-duty service member, you’ll receive either 2 free checked bags or 1 checked bag and 1 carry-on. You’ll need to show your ID to airline officials at the airport.

Delta Air Lines

Delta Airbus A220 First Class Row 3
Delta has a variety of benefits for service members and their families. Image Credit: Greg Stone

Another of the “Big 3” airlines, Delta is a member of SkyTeam, which includes airlines such as Air France and China Eastern. Delta has decently generous policies when it comes to military folks.

Flight Discounts

Active-duty service members are eligible to receive discounts on airfare, though Delta’s website doesn’t specify the amount. Along with reduced prices on standard airfare, you’re also able to get discounts on Delta Vacations packages, which generally include hotels and airfare, but can also include rental cars. In order to book a flight or vacation package, you’ll need to call Delta Reservations at 800-221-1212.

Baggage Discounts

Delta offers active-duty military members free checked luggage; benefits vary depending on your reason for travel. If on orders, you can take 5 bags, up to 100 pounds each. If it’s leisure travel, you’re entitled to 2 bags of up to 50 pounds each when in economy or 3 bags of up to 70 pounds each in first class. Delta doesn’t specify if your dependents are also entitled to free checked bags.

Pet Discounts

Service members and their spouses (as well as Active U.S State Department Foreign Service Officers) are allowed to bring their pets as checked baggage on Delta flights when transferring duty stations. While this may be a common benefit for other airlines, Delta only extends this perk to the above-mentioned groups — and no one else. This saves you from having to ship your beloved pet as cargo. Unfortunately, it’s not free; prices range from $150 to $200 depending on your destination.

Other Discounts

Delta offers family members of those injured in war to book and fly on a discounted military medical emergency flight. You can either book these online or by calling Delta’s reservation line.

Hot Tip: No matter who you’re flying with, you can always head into a USO lounge for some free food and (non-alcoholic) drinks.

Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines is a low-cost carrier whose “unbundled” fares result in extremely cheap flights filled with all kinds of additional fees. Members of Frontier’s Discount Den can score reduced airfare, but Frontier doesn’t have any other published discounts on flights, including those for military members.

Baggage Discounts

Frontier does offer waived baggage fees for those on active duty or in the reserves or National Guard. These include 1 free personal item, 1 free carry-on, and 2 free checked bags. These discounts are only valid for service members — not their companions.

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Mint A321 bed made with suite door closed
JetBlue’s military discount works for all travel fares, including its fabulous Mint products. Image Credit: Stephen Au

JetBlue is a U.S. airline focused mainly on the East Coast, though it offers service throughout the U.S. and much of North America. It’s renowned for its Mint Suites that offer a lie-flat bed service on premium routes.

Flight Discounts

JetBlue offers all service members — past and present — a 5% discount on published airfares. If you’re on active duty, you and your immediate family can call 800-JETBLUE to book your ticket. Note that in order to be eligible for this discount you must not be traveling on orders.

Veterans enrolled in VetRewards from Veteran’s Advantage will also score a 5% discount. You’ll need to call the same number specified above. When calling, you simply identify yourself as a VetRewards member and give them your membership number in order to receive the discount.

Baggage Discounts

JetBlue offers free checked bags for all service members, whether you’re on active duty or a veteran. When traveling on orders, active-duty military personnel and their dependents will receive 5 free checked bags. If traveling for leisure, you and your family will instead qualify for 2 free checked bags.

Veterans registered with VetRewards get 2 free checked bags, though JetBlue’s website doesn’t specify if this waiver includes immediate family members.

Lufthansa

Lufthansa B747-8 First Class Seat 1A - Cherag Dubash
Lufthansa is one of 2 European airlines on this list. Image Credit: Cherag Dubash

The 2nd European airline on the list, Lufthansa is a German airline and a member of Star Alliance. They’ve teamed up with Veteran’s Advantage to offer discounts to service members.

Flight Discounts

By using VetRewards, all military members (and their families) can get a 5% discount on Lufthansa flights, with some exceptions: your itinerary must originate in the U.S., you can have a maximum of 8 people on your reservation, and some web special fares may not be eligible for the discount.

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendant
As a service member, you’ll get free food and a free drink whenever you fly with Hawaiian Airlines. Image Credit: Hawaiian Airlines

As is evident from the name, Hawaiian Airlines is a Hawaii-based airline that services the continental U.S. as well as major destinations in Asia and the South Pacific. Veteran’s Advantage strikes again here with discounts exclusive to its VetRewards program.

Flight Discounts

Those enrolled in VetRewards will receive a 5% discount on most Hawaiian Airlines flights (with some exceptions).

You’ll also receive a free Pau Hana Cafe meal and Koloa Rum drink during each flight. As a reminder, active-duty service members are also eligible to enroll with Veteran’s Advantage, so don’t think that this discount is exclusive to veterans.

Baggage Discounts

Hawaiian offers a military baggage allowance. Active-duty service members and their dependents on official travel can check 5 bags each. If you’re traveling for pleasure, you’re still entitled to 2 free checked bags, though your family won’t qualify. Hawaiian Airlines does not offer complimentary checked baggage to veterans.

Spirit Airlines

spirit bag drop
Spirit’s no-frills system evens extends to the military: you’ll receive just 2 free checked bags but your family won’t. Image Credit: Spirit

Another low-cost carrier operating throughout North America, Spirit features extremely cheap airfare. As a result, they, unfortunately, don’t offer any flight discounts for either veterans or active-duty service members.

Baggage Discounts

If you’re on active duty, Spirit’s military bag policy allows you to check 2 free bags and bring 1 free carry-on with you when traveling. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on orders or not. Unfortunately, family members don’t qualify for any additional benefits.

Excitingly, you can use ID.me online to verify your military status and claim your free checked bags before getting to the airport, which can save you some time in line.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest check in agent
You can score a discount on Southwest’s already-low fares by calling and asking for a military fare. Image Credit: Southwest

Southwest is known for its generous flight policies, which include no change or cancellation fees and 2 free checked bags for every passenger. Its route network covers much of the U.S. and Central America, though it is always expanding.

Flight Discounts

While Southwest doesn’t publish its discounted rate for military members, you can call 800-435-9792 in order to receive special pricing.

Baggage Discounts

Active-duty military passengers or those on permanent change of station orders are exempt from the 2-piece checked bag limit. So long as none of the bags weigh over 100 pounds or are more than 80 inches in size (L+W+H), they will not be subject to overweight, oversize, or excess bag fees.

United Airlines

United pet shipping
United offers special dispensation for military members traveling with pets. Image Credit: United

United is the last of the “Big 3” and is a member of Star Alliance. You’ll find it flying all over the world with its premium Polaris class featuring hot fudge sundaes and take-home pajamas.

Flight Discounts

In order to be eligible for discounts, you’ll need to — surprise — sign up for Veteran’s Advantage. You’ll then be able to receive a 5% discount on most flights. There are a few stipulations: flights must originate in the U.S. or Canada, flights must travel to the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, or over the Atlantic, reservations must be 8 people or fewer, and certain web special fares may not qualify. This discount is only valid on United-marketed and United- or Lufthansa-operated flights.

Baggage Discounts

United is more generous than its peers when it comes to baggage benefits. Regardless of how you’re traveling, you and your dependents will receive free checked baggage that can weigh up to 70 pounds. If you’re on official orders, you can bring 5 pieces for free; if you’re traveling for fun it’ll be 3 free bags.

Your dependents will receive the same baggage allowance as you if you’re traveling on the same reservation. Otherwise, they’ll receive 2 free checked bags as long as they’re traveling on official orders.

Lounge Discounts

United’s lounge policy is the most generous you’ll find. As a service member, you’ll be invited into its United Club lounges whether you’re in uniform or traveling on leave. You’ll just simply need to show your papers. United’s lounges offer both free drinks and food — if your family is traveling with you on the same reservation they’re allowed to enter for free as well.

Pet Discounts

Although United has currently suspended its PetSafe pet shipping program due to COVID-19, it does offer special discounts to military members traveling on official orders.

When its program resumes, you can expect to enjoy discounted handling as well as easy check-in to save you time at the airport. These benefits don’t apply to leisure travel.

Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) Offering Military Discounts

So we’ve covered all the major airlines offering military discounts. These include every single U.S. airline (even if it’s just for baggage), as well as a single European airline. But if you’re not interested in booking directly with an airline, for whatever reason, and instead prefer to use an online travel agency (OTA), you can still be in luck.

OTAs are websites such as Expedia and Hotwire that will aggregate and display airfares to show you all of the different prices for the flights you’re looking for, no matter which airline. This can be helpful if you’re not loyal to any 1 airline or are particularly price-sensitive since if you’re booking via an OTA you’ll always be able to snag the lowest price.

Hot Tip: OTAs will only ever give you a discount on your actual reservation — not your baggage or airline lounge access. You are, however, still entitled to these. You’ll simply need to ask for them at the airport as you otherwise would; booking via an OTA does not change this benefit. 

Expedia

Expedia’s military discounts aren’t constant. You’ll see them from time to time, but the site doesn’t have any ongoing benefits. You’ll need to check its website occasionally to see if any offers pop up.

CheapTickets

CheapTickets is a sister site to Expedia and offers the most generous military discount we’ve seen on travel. Once you’ve verified your info with Sheer ID — whether you’re on active duty or a veteran — you’ll receive a whopping 18% discount on your airfare purchase. That’s one way to get cheap military flights!

American Forces Travel

American Forces Travel is a website co-developed between the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) office and Priceline. It’s hosted by Priceline and in order to use it, you’ll need to verify your eligibility. As long as you are able to access MWR you’ll be able to get into the American Forces Travel site, which uses the info in your DEERS account for verification.

This website doesn’t specify its total discounts but does offer some really excellent deals when compared to public offerings.

Bottom Line: OTAs can be a good way to quickly find the cheapest flight for your travel dates. And with discounts of up to 18% off, it’s a no-brainer to apply your military benefits to all your airfare. 

Final Thoughts

Look, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get your discounts. If you’re a military member, a veteran, or even a spouse, plenty of airlines are willing and able to give you discounts to thank you for your sacrifices. They aren’t always huge, but with benefits ranging from an 18% discount to free lounge entry, there’s no reason not to take advantage of these perks.


Frequently asked questions

What airlines give military discounts?

Plenty of U.S. airlines give military discounts, including Alaska, American, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Southwest, and United.

How much is a military discount on flights?

The amount of your military discount for flights varies, but tends to range somewhere between 5% and 10%.

How do I find flights with military discount not on orders?

Plenty of airlines will still give you discounts even if you’re not traveling on orders. In order to find this, you can either check our list above, or try searching for your airline’s specific military-friendly web page.

Who gives the best military discount flights?

By sheer discount, CheapTickets offers the biggest discount for military flights. They’ll knock a full 18% off your airfare.

What is the military discount on Delta flights?

Delta doesn’t publish a specific military discount. You’ll need to call its reservations center to inquire about military fares.

Carissa Rawson

About Carissa Rawson

Carissa is a native Californian whose taste for travel began during her seven years in the US Air Force. A former Arabic translator, her first serious journey overseas was to Jordan, where a six month deployment taught her a lot about people and a little about award travel. What started as a curiosity quickly became an obsession, and soon she had launched her own website teaching others how to travel for free.

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