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28 Amazing Travel Discounts for Veterans

With extensive savings available, it's essential to search for deals


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Amtrak offers veterans a 10 percent discount on most of its lowest available rail fares.
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Travel can be very pricey these days, so looking for discounts is more important than ever. Thankfully, there are some excellent deals to be found on everything from airline tickets and rental cars to luggage.

Booking travel via an aggregator site often makes a lot of sense. There’s one that has the official imprimatur of the armed forces to offer travel deals to the military community. American Forces Travel is an initiative by the five military branches of service and the Pentagon, supported by Priceline. Veterans can go there to get deep discounts on travel and vacations.

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Also check discounts from individual providers to find the best rates. Many of the discount programs of airlines and car rental providers rely on Veterans Advantage, which offers plans for varying lengths of time — the cost can be easily recouped by the discounts you will get. Enrolling gets you free travel protection for you and up to four family members.

Here is a slew of offers from airlines, rental car agencies, bus and train lines, RV rental outfits, and travel gear retailers. Hotels deals are so abundant they need their own list. This list is not exhaustive, so always check with your favorite travel providers to see if they have a veterans discount before booking.

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OGIO offers a veterans discount on travel bags, sports bags, and other gear.
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Travel gear and luggage discounts for veterans

Dagne Dover offers veterans a 20 percent discount on high-quality bags, including backpacks, duffels, and toiletry bags.

Sword & Plough offers veterans a 20 percent discount on bags and luggage, as well as jewelry made from repurposed bullet casings.

Tortuga Backpacks gives veterans 20 percent off on all carry-on-size travel backpacks. 

Vera Bradley gives veterans a 15 percent discount on a huge range of stylish travel bags, backpacks, laptop bags, bag accessories, and other items.

Kipling, with a large inventory of bags and luggage, offers veterans 15 percent off online and at retail stores, and 10 percent off a Kipling outlet stores.

OGIO offers veterans 15 percent off their travel bags, sports bags, and other gear at OGIO.com, excluding gift cards, with a discount limit of $1,000 per person.

Military Luggage Co., retailer of rugged, military-style bags, gives veterans a 10 percent online discount with the code PROTECT at checkout.

The North Face offers veterans 10 percent off all of its gear, which includes tough bags and backpacks for wilderness adventures.

Saddleback Leather Co. gives veterans a 10 percent discount on durable leather bags with eligibility verification through a third-party site called VerifyPass.

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Greyhound discounts are available through Veterans Advantage.
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Military travel discounts on buses, trains and RVs

Airstream offers veterans $250-750 off their various trailer models for those who have an itch to hit the open road in retro style. 

Amtrak offers veterans a 10 percent discount on the lowest available rail fares, except for non-Acela Business class, First class, and sleeping accommodation.

Greyhound gives veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage a 10 percent discount on select bus tickets.

GoCamp camper van rental gives veterans a 15 percent discount at rental locations around the country. Verify your eligibility by emailing letsgo@gocamp.com.

Trailways offers an “up to a 15 percent” military discount to all active-duty members, retirees and even visiting foreign personnel.

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Avis also gives veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage, as well as USAA members, a discount.
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Car rental discounts

Budget gives veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage, as well as USAA members, up to 35 percent off of PAY NOW rates.

Avis also gives veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage, as well as USAA members, up to 35 percent off of PAY NOW rates. 

Sixt offers as much as 25 percent off of rental rates for veterans who can present a veterans ID. 

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Hertz gives veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage a lower discount of up to 10 percent off of car rentals. USAA members can get discounts up to 25 percent.

Dollar gives veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage a modest 5 percent discount on car rental rates.

Thrifty also gives veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage a 5 percent discount on car rental rates.

Enterprise also offers a 5 percent discount off base car rental rates to veterans and USAA members.

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American Airlines discounts are available through Veterans Advantage.
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Airline military discounts

American offers veterans and their family who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage 10 percent off of the land portion of a vacation, including hotels, rental cars, theme park passes, and sightseeing tours across its extensive worldwide network of providers.

JetBlue offers veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage a 5 percent discount on travel to 100+ destinations.

United offers veterans and adults in their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage a 5 percent discount on United- and United Express®-operated flights purchased online.

Alaska Airlines offers veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage a 5 percent discount on travel anywhere Alaska flies in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

Hawaiian Airlines offers veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage a 5 percent discount on travel between the mainland and the islands, and from Honolulu to various international destinations.

Lufthansa offers veterans and their families who are enrolled in Veterans Advantage a 5 percent discount on tickets for Lufthansa-operated flights purchased online.

Delta offers members of Veterans Advantage $100 off a flight when enrolling in a new five-year VetRewards plan. 

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