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I’m going to be honest. I barely know what today is. I mean, I haven’t been able to tell if it’s Monday, Thursday, Wednesday for a little while now. I just don’t know. That’s okay though, I don’t really need to know exactly which day of the week it is at all moments (I just need to know school day or not school day), but I’m glad I do know that today is Veteran’s Day. Well, I know it because I had to Google it to make sure since I was seeing lots of great photos on Facebook of people in their military uniforms. Until a few moments ago I didn’t really know it was November 11th anymore than I know if it was Tuesday or Wednesday.
However, in my brief jaunt to Google, I was reminded that yes, today is indeed Wednesday November 11th, Veteran’s Day. I was also reminded that Veteran’s Day became known on this day because an armistice (temporary stop of fighting) between Germany and the Allied Nations went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month on November 11, 1918. A year later President Wilson declared the first “Armistice Day”, and after some revisions after World War II, by the 1950’s the day had been renamed Veteran’s Day and was now designed to honor American veterans of all wars.
I appreciated that 2 minute brush up on high school history, so thought I would share in case anyone else had gotten a bit fuzzy on how this day came to be. I have several veterans in my extended family, and I am grateful for them and all others who put themselves in harm’s way for this country. Potential dangers momentarily set aside, simply signing up to potentially miss huge chunks of your family’s life is a huge sacrifice not just for the veteran, but for the family they leave behind. So, thank you to all that made that choice and those who hold things together for them at home.
Of course words only mean so much. The tangible discounts and freebies that companies offer to veterans can really sweeten the deal. Here and here and here are links to different lists of discounts and free items that are being offered to veterans today.
Save on United Flights with Veteran’s Advantage
However, there is a discount veterans and their families can take advantage every day of the year via the Veteran’s Advantage program. Via the Veteran’s Advantage program you can get up to 5% off of your United flights by purchasing a membership to Veteran’s Advantage. You don’t have to have been a veteran yourself to qualify to purchase a membership – all of the following are eligible for membership.
- U.S. Veterans
- Active Duty military
- National Guard & Reservists
- All branches, all periods of service
- Next of kin: Fathers, mothers, sons or daughters.
The cost to join is currently 50% off, or $29.97 for a year via a Veteran’s Day special. They also offer a 30 day trial. Once you pay the fee, you get a code that provides up to 5% off eligible United operated flights. If you get the membership at a 50% discount, you would need to book over $600 worth of United flights a year to break even (depending on the % discount you receive). That threshold is doable for many families who fly United since booking multiple tickets adds up quickly.
There are a few little drawbacks to the 5% off. First, I’m not sure that the discount is still really 5% off as reports and tests seem to indicate it is more often closer to 3% off the base fare. Also, you need to enter the code on the United website to book your flights, so you can’t book on other sites. Flights must originate and be ticketed in the U.S. or Canada to be eligible and are valid for travel to 50 States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and Caribbean on United or United Express flights. It does seem to stack with the United.com Fare Club where you can earn $5 per ticket booked on United.com.
To use the Veteran’s Advantage discount, click on “all search options” on the main search screen. Then under the expanded search screen, in the promotions and certificates section enter your Unique Travel Discount Code (which is displayed as soon as you purchase your membership).
Though I have to admit that even though I am seeing a discount on fares when I use the code, the final prices seems to be currently jumping back to the regular price for some reason. I don’t know if this is a fluke or if this is an ongoing issue, but it is a little disconcerting and something I will look into more closely.
In addition to the discount on United, there are many other discounts or specials with companies such as: Amtrak, JetBlue, CVS, Apple, and more.
I’d love to hear if anyone has experience with Veteran’s Advantage and how the United discount code has been working for you recently?