One cheap way to fly is Space Available, or Space A. However, these flights frequently change and seats aren’t always available, so your schedule has to be very flexible. (Visit Air Mobility Command for more information on Space A flights.)
Fortunately, there are several airlines that offer military discounts on airfare. Keep in mind that some of these discounts are unadvertised and may not be available online, so be prepared to call the airlines directly to ask about their military rates.
Whether you’re traveling on orders or for leisure, you can find discounted rates on flights as well as discounts on checked baggage with the following airlines.
Delta Air Lines has a long history of offering special rates for military personnel. They also offer special fares to family members traveling to meet an active duty service member. Call their reservations team and ask for the military desk.
JetBlue’s MIL fare allows active duty service personnel and their immediate family (spouses or children) to fly on JetBlue. Immediate family members are allowed to travel on a MIL fare alone with proper identification.
Southwest offers military discounts to active military personnel and their families. Contact Southwest directly to take advantage of the discount.
The airlines serving Norfolk International Airport offer discounts to military travelers and their dependents. Call the airlines directly for information about schedules and fares and to make reservations.
Alaska Airlines offers active duty military up to five free checked bags. This discount also applies to military dependents on travel orders.
Allegiant offers active duty military, Reservists and National Guard up to three pieces of checked baggage free and no charge for oversized checked baggage. Spouses and dependents also get up to three pieces of checked baggage free, although the weight limit per bag is 40 pounds as opposed to 100 pounds for service members.
Active duty military personnel traveling on orders can check up to five complimentary bags (up to 100 pounds). When traveling for pleasure, you can check up to three complimentary bags (up to 50 pounds). Military dependents traveling on orders have the same privileges as military personnel.
Active duty military personnel and their dependents traveling on orders (including Leave Orders) may check up to five bags in Delta One/First class and four bags in Main Cabin on any Delta or Delta Connection as free allowance for both domestic and international travel. The bag weight limit is 70 pounds. For personal travel, active military may also check up to two bags weighing 50 pounds or less.
Active military personnel and their dependents traveling on military orders are allowed to check five bags at no additional cost. Dependents do not have to travel with the active military personnel.
Active military personnel and their dependents traveling for leisure are allowed to check two bags at no additional cost. Dependents must travel on the same PNR or same flight as the active military personnel.
By Heather Sweeney, Military.com
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