En español | Several airlines offer veterans and members of the military discounts on airfare, checked bags and other fees. Offers may change, so check the airline’s website for the latest information. Most require documentation to show your military status, such as a valid military ID or travel orders, so be sure to bring it with you.

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Delta

Eligibility: Active duty military (and their dependents)

Discounts:

  • Discounted flights for traveling on orders or personal travel (discounts varies depending on flight)
  • Exclusive military discounts through Delta Vacations (savings of up to $300)
  • Up to five free checked bags at 100 pounds each when on travel orders (usually $25 for the first bag and $35 for a second bag)
  • Up to two free checked bags at 50 pounds each when on leisure travel

What to do:

  • For discounted flights, call Delta’s Military and Government Desk at 800-325-1771. 
  • To book through Delta Vacations, submit your military email in the “Before You Book” box on the Delta Vacations page. You’ll receive an email with a personal eCertificate number from Delta, as well as redemption instructions.
  • Present military ID at check-in to access baggage discounts.

American Airlines

Eligibility: Active duty military (and their dependents)

Discounts:

  • Up to five free checked bags when traveling on orders (usually costs $25 for the first bag and up to $200 per bag for four or more)
  • Up to three free checked bags when not traveling on orders (usually costs $25 for the first bag and up to $400 per bag for four or more)
  • Government and military fares offered in some markets

What to do:

  • Contact AA Reservations for more information on military fares.
  • Present military ID at check-in to access baggage discounts.

United

Eligibility: Active duty military (and their dependents), veterans enrolled in Veterans Advantage

Discounts:

  • Up to 5 percent off on fares with Veterans Advantage
  • Up to five checked bags at 100 pounds each for those traveling on orders (and their dependents)
  • Up to three checked bags at 70 pounds each for those not traveling on orders (and their dependents)
  • Free access to the United Club airport lounge with military ID and boarding pass (for active duty military only)

What to do:

  • To get the 5 percent discount, enter your 10-digit Veterans Advantage travel discount code in the "Offer Code" section when booking on United's website.
  • Present your military ID at check-in to receive the baggage discount.

Jet Blue

Eligibility: Veterans Advantage members, active duty military (and their dependents)

Discounts:

  • 5 percent off fares and two free checked bags for Veterans Advantage members
  • Active duty military not traveling on orders and their dependents can use a special military class fare (MIL), which removes advance-purchase requirements and allows for free checked bags.
  • Up to five free bags per person for active duty military traveling on orders and their dependents. Bag fees normally start at $25 for the first one and go up to $100 each for three or more bags.
  • Up to two bags per person for active-duty military traveling for leisure and their dependents. Bag fees normally start at $25 for the first one and go up to $100 each for three or more bags.

What to do:

  • Call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) and provide your VetRewards card member ID to take advantage of the 5 percent discount.
  • Call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) and identify yourself as military to receive the special MIL fare. You will be asked to provide your name, branch of service and military rank.
  • Present military ID at check-in to claim free bag discounts.

Alaska Airlines

Eligibility: Active duty military and their dependents

Discounts:

  • Up to five free checked bags, then $75 per bag (usually $25 for the first two, then $75 for each additional bag)
  • Free oversize checked bag up to 70 pounds, after which it is $75 (normally $75 for an oversized bag)

What to do: Present your military ID at check-in.

Virgin America

Eligibility: Active duty military (and their dependents)

Discount:

  • Active duty military traveling on orders get up to 10 checked bags free, up to 70 pounds each; family and dependents get up to five free checked bags, up to 70 pounds each. (Bag fees are normally $25 per bag.)
  • Active duty military not traveling on orders get up to five checked bags free, up to 70 pounds each. (Bag fees are normally $25 per bag.)

What to do: Present military ID at check-in.

Southwest

Eligibility: Active duty military (and their dependents)

Discount: A percentage off of traditional fares. (Discount varies based on the flight)

What to do:

  • Must call Southwest directly at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA or purchase ticket at an airport ticket counter. (Discount not offered through travel-booking site, online or a travel agent.)
  • You must present your military ID at the airport to check in and get your boarding pass.

Allegiant Airlines

Eligibility:

Active duty military, veterans, National Guard, military reserve (and their dependents)

Discounts:

  • Up to three free checked bags, under 100 pounds each (each bag typically costs between $20 and $50)
  • No charge for oversize checked bags (can cost up to $75, depending on weight)
  • One free carry-on bag, within Allegiant size limits (can cost between $20 and $50, depending on size)
  • Free boarding pass printing (normally $5) and free seat assignment (can cost up to $80 at the time of booking, depending on seat choice)
  • Up to one free pet in cabin (normally $100)

What to do: Present military ID at check-in.

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