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First, Happy Veteran’s Day to all of the military families out there. While I have never been in the military myself, I do have many friends and family members who have, and I have a small glimpse into what level of sacrifice is required not just by the military member, but by their entire family. No amount of freebies or travel discounts will be able to make up for that sacrifice, but it is still a nice gesture and certainly couldn’t hurt…
There are many ongoing discounts and deals in the world of travel for military families. From very discounted tickets to Disney World, to several free checked bags on some airlines (not just when traveling on official orders), to hotel substantial discounts, there really are several ways to make the most of military status when traveling. One of my good friends is married to an active duty military husband, and she shares some of her experiences related to her family’s situation and traveling her daughter here. However, many of those discounts and tips are only available to those who are active duty military, as opposed to our veterans.
Fortunately, to honor Veteran’s Day there are many different companies that are recognizing those who have served in the past with some different deals, discounts, and freebies. While these aren’t necessarily miles and points specific, most of us still like a good deal even if it isn’t directly tied to miles and points! Here is a site that lists several of the deals available today (and some for tomorrow). A quick sampling showed offers available at:
On The Boarder
McCormick and Schmicks
California Pizza Kitchen
While we are on the topic, I must also add that I am very much enjoying the discounts available through the Veteran’s Advantage program. I was eligible to purchase the Veteran’s Advantage discount card due to my father’s previous military status, and the 5% discount I am getting on United Airlines tickets has been very simple to use, and will result in some relatively significant savings on United airline tickets for my family this year. I not only save 5% on my own United tickets, but also when I am purchasing for others. Since buying my Veteran’s Advantage card, I have also purchased tickets for my parents, my husband, my daughter, and my in-laws. These were all tickets I was going to purchase anyway, but now they were 5% less expensive. It sounds small, but 5% on multiple airline tickets throughout the course of the year is pretty significant if you travel on United with some regularity. Since buying my one year Veteran’s Advantage card, I have even been receiving offers to renew for three additional years for $93 total (and it includes a Band of Brothers DVD set that my husband would actually really like). That is an even better deal than the roughly $50 I paid for the first year.
What other Veteran’s Day deals are you aware of? Thank you again for everyone who is serving or has served in the military.