Best military discount travel deals to look for
Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 4:26:22 PM
Although military members reap a number of benefits on military lodging
and travel throughout the year, many companies offer even better deals for military families between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Some are better than others, but here are the best deals to look for this summer, especially since most are not publicized.If you're flying
Airfare and baggage are expensive parts of military travel
, but certain airlines are making it easier for families and troops alike. Hawaiian Airlines has one of the best discount programs - with a valid military ID, active duty personnel and their dependents are allowed four bags checked for free in coach, and five free bags checked in first class, according to U.S. News and World Report. Southwest Airlines allows all passengers to check two bags each for free, but waives all baggage fees for all military members, no matter how many bags you have (or how big and heavy they are). However, this does not apply to military dependents, so always double check the fees with the airline before traveling. If you need a place to stay
Military lodging is more flexible than ever with Choice Hotels - a group comprised of places like Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Econolodge and more. This group of hotels extends its military discount programs from only active-duty to retired military personnel and all military dependents, according to the news outlet. Plus, the discount is valid whether you're traveling for business or pleasure.
If you're looking for more of a high-end lodging experience, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts offers plenty of luxury but still has good military discounts. The hotel chain offers discounts with a valid military ID, but the amount ranges depending on the location of the hotel and your dates of travel.
The Marriott is offering a free golfing program for military members called the Fairways Fore Freedom Program, allowing troops to play at Marriott courses across the nation for free after 3 p.m., the Los Angeles Times reports.If you're touring a new area
Tourism this summer is easier and cheaper than ever for military families. The Blue Star Museum Program offers free entry to active-duty military members and their families at 1,600 museums across the nation. The National Parks Service is also doing its part, offering a free annual pass to all National Parks in the nation, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Many restaurants and other museums and tourist attractions offer military discounts, too - just make sure to ask ahead of time.
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