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You’re ready to enjoy some leave or vacation time, alone or with family and friends. See which airlines offer military flight and vacation travel discounts.

Military Discount Flights: What to Do First

If you served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Air Force or the Coast Guard, we can help you navigate the many military discount flight options. But first, some quick tips.

  • Call first: It’s always best to call the airline and ask about armed forces/military airfare discounts. There is usually a phone number in FAQs specific to military. Have your military ID ready when you call.
  • Explore options: The Armed Forces Vacation Club offers active U.S. military, veterans and retirees discount vacation accommodations in more than 100 countries with a variety of booking options to fit your budget and leave time. [Note: FareCompare does not endorse this organization or any other but provides this information as a service]
  • Compare fares: Military discounts on airfares are usually discounts based on full fares only. This means you can often get a lower fare by simply searching for cheap airfare tickets and comparing prices.

Military Flight Discounts by Airline

  • American Airlines: This airline offers up to three checked bags for free for active military and their dependents traveling for leisure or personal business, up to five when traveling on orders. Call 1-800-433-7300 to see if there is a military or government discount for the city you’ll be traveling to. See for more information.
  • Delta Air Lines: Military fares may be available, but cannot be booked online, so call. Active duty military members and families traveling on orders can check from four to five bags for free (number depends on class of travel), and military members can check up to two free checked-bags for personal travel.
  • Southwest Airlines: Discount fares for military personnel and dependents can only be booked by calling or emailing the airline. Southwest also allows military traveling on active duty or permanent change of station orders to check three or more bags for free, as long as no single piece weighs more than 100 lbs.
  • United Airlines: Members of the military and dependents are eligible for reduced domestic fares and you can learn more here. You can also check extra baggage for free and there are exemptions to the usual pet transportations fees, too.

Big Military Bases and Closest Airports

These are ten of the largest U.S. military installations and the nearest civilian airports. Be sure to compare fares for leisure travel from these airports to be sure of getting the best deal possible.

Military Installation Airport
Fort Hood, TX Austin-Bergstrom Int’l Airport
Norfolk Naval Station, VA Norfolk Int’l Airport
Fort Bragg, NC Raleigh-Durham Int’l Airport
Camp Lejeune, NC Wilmington, NC Int’l Airport
Fort Campbell, KY Nashville Int’l Airport
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA Sea-Tac Airport
Eglin Air Force Base, FL Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport
Naval Air Station, FL Jacksonville Int’l Airport
Joint Base Charleston, SC Charleston Int’l Airport
Fort Benning, GA Columbus Airport


Bottom line: Check with the airline, call if you’re not sure, and remember to always compare fares. Not sure where you want to go? The Getaway Map has cheap flights to destinations around the world from every departure city.