When Dane and I first got married, getting any type of military discount seemed like such a foreign concept to me. In fact, most days I forgot my I.D. card at home. The more spouses I talked to, the more I learned about which places offered military discounts and which ones were really worth looking into for serious savings. So, if you are a new military spouse, seasoned military spouse or just suuuuper curious, I’ve been compiling a list of all the best military discounts for all sorts of places including travel, shopping, food and more.
Best Military Discounts
It’s important to note that every company has a different policy when it comes to military discounts. Sometimes the service member has to be present, sometimes the military discount is only for the service member and sometimes the discount extends to the whole family.
Another important note is that a lot of the travel-based discounts Dane and I take advantage of require a Veterans Advantage Benefits Card, and many of the shopping-based discounts required SheerID. I’ve linked both if you have questions about either program!
Best Military Discounts For Travel
American Airlines – Discounted rates if service member calls!
Allegiant Air – Free checked bags
Amtrak – 10% off fares (be sure to check the military box if booking online!)
Budget Rental Car – Sign up for the Veteran’s Advantage program and get 25% OFF
Delta – Discounted rates if service member calls!
Disney Cruises – Discounted fares on select cruises (must call)
Disney World + Disney Land – Discounted tickets for service members and their families
Expedia – Complimentary upgrades when service member joins the military rewards program
Hilton Hotels – Discounted rates, but must indicate military and present I.D. upon check-in
Hyatt Hotels – Discounted rates
JetBlue – 5% OFF, but only for active duty families!
Marriott – Discounted rates and exclusions/blackout dates apply
National Park Service – Free annual pass (We LOVE this perk!!)
Princess Cruises – Onboard spending credit/money given to military members who notate military affiliation at booking
Royal Caribbean – Discounted fares for some sailings
Southwest – Discounted rates on the already cheap tickets! #winning — Must call to receive rates
United Airlines – 5% OFF and must be part of Veteran’s Advantage
Wyndam Hotels – Discounted rates, but service member must be a Veteran’s Advantage member
Best Military Discounts For Shopping
Military discounts for shopping can be a little bit tricky. Like any other type of discount there are caveats and clauses. I’ve found that on many the discount is not valid on sale items or at the outlet version of the store. That said, it’s always worth asking to double check!
Abercrombie + Fitch – 10% discount in store (though friends have told me they get 15% at mainland A+F stores!)
American Eagle – 15% OFF in store (I have been denied this at the AE here in Hawaii, but I think because there is such an enormous military population on Oahu…who knows?! But their corporate policy says 15%.)
Apple – 10% OFF some purchases for service member (Must show I.D.)
A.C. Moore – 15% OFF
Ann Taylor LOFT – 15% OFF full price items
Banana Republic, GAP + Old Navy – Okay, so this one is highly dependent upon location, because I’ve had two different things happen: 1. 10% OFF my entire purchase 2. Them tell me to come back on the first Monday of any month for 10% OFF my purchase
Columbia – 15% OFF
Costco – Special savings certificate if you sign up as a new member (not part of a family plan and service member must show I.D. when signing up)
Dell – 10% OFF and you must contact Dell for special pricing prior to buying
Eastbay – 20% OFF but must be a SheerID member
Express – 15% OFF
Foot Locker – 20% OFF with SheerID
Home Depot – 10% OFF
Jo-Ann Fabric – 15% OFF
Kohl’s – 15% OFF on Monday only
Lowe’s – 10% OFF
Lululemon – 25% OFF with military I.D.
Michael’s – 15% OFF in stores only
Pier 1 – 10% OFF in store
Pottery Barn – 15% OFF in store
TOMS – 10% OFF full priced items only
Williams-Sonoma – 15% OFF in store only
Best Military Discounts For Food
Buffalo Wild Wings – 10% OFF at some locations
Carl’s Jr – Discounts vary by location
Cracker Barrel – 100% location-based, but sometimes up to 30% OFF!
Chik-fil-a – 10% OFF on Military Appreciation Days
Chipotle – 10% OFF most locations
Coldstone Creamery – 10% OFF with valid I.D.
Dairy Queen – This varies by location, but some people have reported up to 50% OFF if they were wearing their uniform!
Dunkin’ Donuts – 10% OFF
Friendly’s – Varying discounts by location + must ask/show valid I.D.
Hard Rock Cafe – 10% OFF food only with valid I.D.
Hooters – 10% OFF with I.D.
IHOP – 20% OFF with I.D.
Kona Brewing Company – 15% OFF food tab
Pizza Hut – Varying discounts by store
Subway – Varying discounts by store
Taco Bell – Discount varies by store, but must ask and show I.D.
Best Military Discounts For Cars
Audi – Discounts vary, but worth asking!
BMW – Discounts vary, but worth asking!
Ford – Military discounts + cash rewards (must ask!)
Hyundai – Discounted prices on certain models (must ask!)
Infiniti – Discounted leases
Jeep – $500 military bonus cash
Volkswagen – Cash bonus with valid I.D.
To note, this is not an exhaustive list of military discounts, just ones I am aware of or able to find information about when I’ve researched. Did I miss one? Let me know below!