If you’re looking for discounted travel, entertainment and recreation opportunities, consider taking advantage of your military discounts. Your military ID is your ticket to military resorts, discount flights, vacation packages, and more opportunities for fun and relaxation.
Access fun with Information, Tickets and Travel
Your installation’s Information, Tickets and Travel office, sometimes referred to as Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is where you’ll find discounted recreation for you and your family.
To take advantage of recreation and leisure travel, you’ll need to provide proof of Department of Defense affiliation—a military ID or a leave and earning statements. Once you’ve provided proof, you and your family can begin to receive military discounts on the following:
- Local attraction tickets
- Destination attraction tickets
- Concerts and sporting events
- Day trips and tours
- Rental cars
- Leisure travel services
You can also take advantage of exclusive offers available only to service members and avoid extra fees like tax or facility fees. Your installation’s website may also feature a price list that allows you to browse available attractions, events and destinations and compare prices.
Find military lodging and resorts around the world
Military families are eligible to use military lodging around the world, ranging from cottages on the beach to world-class resorts. These facilities provide a selection of affordable, safe and fun places to vacation, but keep in mind your status will usually determine when and how your reservation can be made. The type of facilities available are:
- Installation lodging: Located mostly on military installations, these facilities are generally designed for service members traveling on official business or families with permanent change of station orders.
- Recreation facilities: For families interested in short or long getaways, these facilities offer lodging, rental equipment, tours and other activities at an economical rate.
- Resorts: Military resorts are located in popular vacation destinations such as Disney World® and Hawaii, and in areas with a large military presence, such as Japan, Korea and Germany.
- You can usually make reservations, but you should plan ahead for travel during peak periods.
- Rates will be based on rank and duty status, but are generally lower than comparable civilian lodging.
- Nongovernment-owned hotels: Managed by private nonprofit organizations, hotels such as Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco or Soldiers’, Sailors‘, Marines‘, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club in New York serve active-duty and former service members.
Planning your getaway
You should research military lodging in the area you want to visit, as well as the amenities and reservation policies. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Find the best time to go: If you plan on visiting a resort during peak vacation period, such as summer time, be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. Keep in mind that some lodging facilities prioritize reservations by branch of service, duty station or status.
- Use military lodging and service branch websites:
- Take advantage of leisure services: Many facilities offer services such as restaurants, boat rentals, ski equipment rental, area tours and discount tickets to area attractions. Before making your reservations, be sure to inquire about available services and if they require advance reservations.
If you need travel inspiration or help finding military discounts, you can call Military OneSource and speak with one of our consultants at 800-342-9647. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.
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