How to Find Cheap Military Flights and Baggage Discounts

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Military families are always on the go. That's why they're always on the lookout for cheap airline flights to make travel easier on their bank accounts.

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. (And don't forget that TSA also salutes the military by offering expedited screening. Learn more at the TSA website.)

Airfare

Delta

For active-duty service members, Delta offers savings on flights not available to civilian customers. They also offer early boarding and special military policies on pet travel along with vacation packages through Delta Vacations. To make a reservation call Delta directly.

JetBlue

JetBlue offers special discounts and fares, airport assistance and other unique services for veterans and active-duty military. Call 1-800-JETBLUE.

Southwest

Southwest offers military discounts to active-duty military personnel and their families. Contact Southwest directly to take advantage of the discount.

Norfolk International Airport

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.

Baggage

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines offers active-duty military up to five free checked bags. This discount also applies to military dependents on travel orders.

Allegiant Airlines

Allegiant offers active-duty military, Reservists, National Guard and veterans up to two pieces of checked baggage under 100 pounds for free and no charge for oversized checked baggage. Spouses and dependents qualify for the same benefits if they're traveling on the same itinerary with the eligible military traveler.

American Airlines

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.

Delta

Active-duty military personnel traveling on orders can check five free bags that are up to 100 pounds. On military orders, your bags can be 80 inches (total length plus width plus height). For personal travel, active military are able to check three free bags in first class, Delta Premium Select and Delta One (up to 70 pounds) and two bags in Basic Economy, Main Cabin and Delta Comfort (up to 50 pounds). For personal travel, your bags can be 62 inches. 

JetBlue

Active-duty military personnel and their dependents traveling on military orders are allowed to check five bags each at no additional cost. Active-duty military personnel and their dependents traveling for leisure are allowed to check two bags each at no additional cost.

United

Active-duty military personnel and their accompanying dependents, not traveling on official business, receive waived service charges for up to three checked bags at 70 pounds each. Active-duty military and their dependents traveling on official business receive waived service charges for up to five checked bags at 100 pounds each.

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