Military Life

Discounts and Perks

Beyond essential benefits like health care and retirement plans, the Military offers plenty of perks, no matter where a service member may be stationed.


Military Discounts

In recognition and support of those serving, many companies offer special military discounts. Though this perk is not an official extension of Department of Defense benefits, such discounts are widely known and commonly used. The following are discounted products and services you might encounter:

  • Air Travel
  • Automotive & Motorcycles
  • Baby & Maternity
  • Books & Magazines
  • Car Rental
  • Clothing & Apparel
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Cruises
  • Dining
  • Education
  • Groceries
  • Hotels & Accommodations
  • Movies
  • Military Gear & Surplus
  • Relocation
  • Ski Resorts
  • Theme Parks & Attractions
  • Timeshares, Vacation Home & Cottage Rentals
  • Tools & Hardware
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Vacation and Leisure Discounts

The Military offers discounted vacation and leisure opportunities to its service members and their families. Each Service branch has a Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office dedicated to helping personnel connect with these opportunities. Learn more by visiting each program’s site:

Space-Available Travel

Service members can occasionally book flights on military aircrafts. This is known as Space-Available Travel, also called "Space-A Travel" or "military hops." This program allows service members and their immediate families to fly at no cost when mission-based flights have available seating and when air transport eligibility criteria is met.

To participate, service members register in advance and wait for an unused seat to the destination of their choice. While it’s not something troops depend on for necessary trips, Space-A Travel can be a great way to score an inexpensive vacation or travel home on leave.