This blog post was updated on November 9, 2021.

We’re always on the lookout for ways to travel cheaper or for other services thrown in for free. In addition to the availability of cheap flight deals online, there are also numerous other ways in which we can pay less. Keeping this in mind, we’d like to look at some of the ways in which the men and women who have served our country can find some useful benefits when they choose to fly, be it for personal reasons or just for vacation. Here are a few tips that traveling veterans should keep in mind in order to save and experience these perks.

Use Benefit Cards Where Appropriate

In addition to searching for Veteran’s Day travel deals, it would also be helpful to sign up for discount cards such as Veterans Advantage. This card offers travel perks with airlines like United Airlines and American Airlines, in addition to many others, and can be obtained for an annual fee. You do have the option of choosing from different types of memberships, depending on your preferences and needs. Remember to check with the airlines while you explore flight deals to find out if they have any discounts on the card.

Ask Airlines About Their Discounts

veteran on the phone

Most airlines offer flight discounts for veterans. However, not all of them advertise this on the front pages of their respective websites. To dig in deeper and find these savings, you may have to call in and make some inquiries. In some cases, many airlines will also offer free luggage check-in and a larger allowance on the number of bags for veterans. Although, keep in mind that this is sometimes offered to those in active service. In the end, the best way to make sure you have a travel benefit through certain airlines is to simply ask ahead of time.

You may also like: Everything You Need to Know About Airline Benefits for Military Families

Take Advantage of TSA Cares and Expedited TSA PreCheck

TSA security check at airport

Veterans and Wounded Warriors, along with wounded service members, can contact TSA Cares to request help during airport security screening. You should remember to call in at least 72 hours prior to your flight to find out more about the services and assistance available to you. Wounded Warriors are also eligible for expedited TSA PreCheck screenings at U.S. airports and more.

Use the Beneficiary Travel Program for Medical Purposes

When it comes to veteran’s health benefits, the Beneficiary Travel program provides eligible veterans and other beneficiaries with mileage reimbursement when traveling for VA health care or VA-authorized, non-VA health care. This doesn’t just include flights, but also extends to trains, buses, taxis, etc.

Fly Space-A and Save on Cash

Seating in military cargo plane

Space-A (“space-available”) is a program where members of the United States Uniformed Services and their family members are permitted to travel on military (mostly cargo) aircraft to military bases that have excess room. The program also includes retirees and Department of Defense civilian personnel under certain circumstances. While they may not have the peanuts and comfy seats, this is a travel option that veterans can take advantage of to fly into cities that they’d like to visit. However, this benefit works better for veterans with flexible travel dates as there are often last-minute changes.

Of course, no matter what reason you’re flying for, it’s always important to carry your military ID with you. And if you have any military dependents traveling with you, make sure they have their IDs as well. 

What other benefits have you received as a veteran? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

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