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There are some incredible discounts, special services, and freebies available for all service members, vets, and their families. Thank YOU for your incredible service to our country. ❤️

1. A.C. Moore

A.C. Moore offers military an additional 15% off your regular and sale price purchase every time you shop with your military ID. Go here for more details.


2. Best Western

Best Western hotels offer low discount hotel rates based on U.S. government per diem for government employees, military personnel traveling on official business or leisure.

Eligibility:

  • All federal and state government employees with credentials.
  • Military personnel/civilian military personnel
  • Tax funded hospital and university personnel
  • Cost reimbursable contractors

3. Birdies for the Brave

Birdies for the Brave provides complimentary and discounted military ticketing throughout the PGA Tour season. Go here for more details.


4. Blue Star Theatres

A part of the Blue Star Arts program, Blue Star Theatres is a partnership with the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) that recognizes the profound contributions of service families and seeks to build stronger connections between theatres, military families and their communities.

Each Blue Star Theatres participant is offering discounted or complimentary admission to all military personnel and their families, as well as veterans.


5. Build-A-Sign

Since 2008, BuildASign.com has given away more than 337,000 Welcome Home banners and signs to military friends and families for their loved ones returning home from a deployment.

  • The first jumbo card, yard sign, or banner you add to your cart will be free (you’re only responsible for shipping and handling charges). Each additional 18″X24″ jumbo card or yard sign is only $7.99 and each additional 2’X4′ or 3’X6′ banner is only $9.99.

6. Choice Hotels

Discounted rates available to the following:

  • Government/Military employees on official travel status
  • Government reimbursement contractors on official government business
  • City, State or County workers on official business in the state they work in
  • Active/retired military or their dependents on leisure travel
  • Members of certain government/military associates on leisure travel
  • Appropriate identification will be required upon check-in

They also just added the new Choice Privileges Armed Services program that allows active duty or reserve military members, retired military, National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and eligible spouses/dependents to join their Choice Privileges rewards program at the Elite Gold level.


7. Disneyland Resorts

  • Purchase now through December 15th, 2017 and receive admission for 5 days for just $224 plus tax, valid through December 19, 2017. Or purchase now through December 16th, 2017 and receive admission for 4 days for $209 plus tax, valid through December 19, 2017.
  • This offer is available to active or retired members of the U.S. Military or their spouses including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse.
  • For more information, please contact your participating U.S. Military base ticket office.
  • Shades of Green – Receive discounted rates on reservations throughout the year.

8. General Motors

GM Military Discount eligibility- Active Duty members, Reservists, National Guard members, Veterans within one year of discharge date and Retirees — including their spouses — of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are eligible.


9. In Honor of Our Troops Foundation

In Honor of Our Troops Foundation is a non-profit that offers veterans one free vacation per year, and discounted accommodations anytime.

  • The foundation gives veterans the chance to spend a week in one of nearly 100 locations, including Colorado, Hawaii, California and Mexico. Though accommodations are covered, airfare is not and applicants are required to pay a small, non-refundable processing fee ($75-$150) to apply.
  • The foundation asks veterans to apply at least six weeks before their desired vacation dates.

10. Jet Blue

Those enrolled in Veterans Advantage will get a 5% discount on everyday JetBlue travel to 85+ destinations. Those enrolled in TrueBlue will also qualify to earn TrueBlue points on travel booked with the 5% off discounted fare. Learn more about how you can take advantage of this discount.

They offer a special military fare class (MIL) for active duty military personnel not traveling on orders. This does not provide a percentage discount, but does remove any advanced-purchase requirements, which may result in a lower fare in the event that the advanced-purchase price has expired. Learn more about how you can take advantage of this discount.

Bags can be checked for no fee under the following circumstances:

  • Active duty traveling for duty (and dependents)
    • 5 bags each for you and dependents traveling with you on the same itinerary
    • You will be required to show travel orders and DoD Common Access Card
  • Active duty traveling for leisure (and dependents)
    • 2 bags each for you and dependents traveling with you on the same itinerary
    • You will be required to show DoD
USO Office

The thousands of troops and their families who pass through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) every year will now have a new place to call home. The fully-stocked center, donated by JetBlue, is located in JFK’s Terminal 5 directly across from baggage carousel number two on the street level in the arrivals area. Go here for more details.


11. Jo-Ann

You must present proof of your military service, past or present, or Military Dependent ID upon checkout to receive your discount of 10% off your entire purchase everyday.


12. Lowe’s

Lowe’s established the 10% Military Discount to support the men and women who are currently serving our country in the Armed Services and to honor retired veterans and VA recipients. This 10% discount is also extended to the immediate family3 of those who are currently serving, retired veterans or VA recipients.

To qualify for the Everyday 10% Military Discount, you must:

  • Be currently serving in, or retired from, a qualifying branch of the Armed Services or be the immediate family member of someone who is and have a valid military ID card.
  • Be a veteran who receives VA benefits and have a valid Veteran Identification Card (VIC)

13. Michaels

Simply present your military ID card at the register to receive 10% off your entire purchase everyday!


14. National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

  • Free admission – Available to current US military members and the dependents of deployed military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the Current US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173).
  • Covers entrance to Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service sites that charge Entrance Fees, and Standard Amenity Fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites.
  • Admits the pass owners and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas, or the pass owner and up to additional 3 adults at sites that charge per person.

15. Nike

Active, retired and reservist US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel are eligible to receive a 10% Nike military discount on Nike.com and at US Nike retail stores. Go here for details.

  • To receive the military discount on a Nike.com order, please give them a call.
  • Nike stores require a valid US military ID

16. Operation Heal Our Patriots

Operation Heal Our Patriots gives wounded veterans and their spouses the opportunity for spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment. They continue to support these men and women after their initial stay, keeping their spiritual needs and marriages a priority.


17. Operation: Love Reunited

Operation: Love Reunited is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides free professional photography sessions and photo gifts to our military families dealing with a deployment. They have photographers located world-wide, as well as a branch in Australia covering their military.


18. Our Military Kids

Our Military Kids provides grants for sports, fine arts, camps, and tutoring programs to children whose parent is National Guard or Reserve deployed overseas and has at least 60 days remaining on the orders.


19. Project Evergreen: GreenCare & SnowCare for Troops

Project Evergreen offers complimentary lawn and landscape services, and snow and ice removal services for the families of currently deployed military personnel, and post 9/11 disabled veterans with a service-connected disability. Eligibility Requirements for Disabled Veterans are…

  • Post 9/11 veterans with a service-connected disability
  • Must submit (via email or mail) a Veterans Administration letter of disability
  • Eligible veterans may receive a maximum of two years of complimentary service; eligible veterans must submit an application for service annually.

20. San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

A complimentary 1-Day Pass to the San Diego Zoo and/or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is offered to U.S. Armed Forces, including active duty members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; members of the Reserve components (Ready Reserve, National Guard, and Reservists in training); and cadets of service academies and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. This is exclusively for active duty service members.


21. Seaworld – Waves of Honor

  • Waves of Honor permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Water Country USA, or Sesame Place or Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark in San Diego for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents. The offer is valid for one park and one visit only.
  • Active duty service member must provide military ID.

22. Tutor.com

Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is a program that allows eligible students (grades K-12) and service members in U.S. military families to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-to-one help with homework, studying, test prep, proofreading and more at no cost.


23. Under Armour

Under Armour now offers a 10% Military discount off the entire purchase for Active Duty, Retirees, Veterans, Military Spouses, Military Family Members, as well as a 10% First Responder Discount for active Police, Fire and EMT customers. You can receive your discount while shopping online by verifying your eligibility with ID.me.


24. United Airways

To thank U.S. military veterans, active duty military, National Guard and Reserve members, and their families for their service, United is proud to provide Veterans Advantage members with up to a 5 percent discount on tickets for United- and United Express-operated flights purchased on united.com.


25. Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood offers phenomenal discount options to all active and retired U.S. military personnel all year long! Eligible members include DOD personnel, National Guard, Reservists and their dependents. These special military rates are not available at the Universal Studios Hollywood box office, and can only be obtained at participating MWR/ITT offices.


26. Vacations for Warriors

Eligibility Requirements: Vacations for Warriors mission is to provide nice vacations to the medically retired, former or active combat wounded service members and their immediate family members.

Their criteria for granting a vacation is generally an 80%-100% or greater combined disability rating with a single physical disability rating of 30% or greater for injuries or wounds sustained during combat in one of the following specific categories:

  • Blindness/loss of vision
  • Severe Burns
  • Spinal cord injury/paralysis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Loss of one limb, arm or leg, or more.

27. Veteran’s Holidays

Veteran’s Holidays offers week-long resort stays starting at just $349 on a space-available basis. They offer over 200,000 resort accommodations in over 100 countries in a wide range of unit sizes from studio to two or even three bedrooms. Vacation rentals are priced per unit, not per person, and typically sleep 2-8.

  • A membership with Veterans Holidays is free to all veterans of the U.S. military.

28. Vet Tix

Vet Tix provides complimentary tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational and family activities across the nation, which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life. Vet Tixers sign up online, and then they mail you the tickets.


29. Wireless Companies

Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T all offer discounts for service members and vets. Be sure to check with your wireless company to see if you’re eligible and for more details.


Written by Mary for Hip2Save. Mary is a proud mom to 3 kids in Austin, TX, who thrives off Jesus, running long distance, bargain shopping, warm Texas weather, a yummy latte…and a little Candy Crush from time to time. She also loves quality time with family & friends and sharing great deals with others.

Join The Discussion

Comments 35

  1. Cori

    It’s a shame that AT&T isn’t on the list for offering a military discount. I sure do appreciate and respect those companies that recognize the sacrifice our current, future, and past military have made. A big thank you to all of you service men and women.

    • Andrea

      They do offer one.

      • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

        Thanks Kay! Just added that to the post! 🙂

    • Zaneta

      Just call AT&T for your discount its 15% I’ve been getting it for over 10 years

  2. LF

    This is great! I’m going to forward to my son who’s a Marine. Thank you!

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      You are so welcome!

  3. Michelle

    If you clicked on this post because you or a loved one is in the military, THANK YOU for your service. God bless!

  4. J

    Yeti has a discount too!

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Sweet! Thanks J!

  5. Rebecca

    Great list! Depending on your area, a lot more places will as well, from chain restaurants & stores to locally owned places. You just gotta get in the habit of asking! We often forgot when we were newbies.

  6. Oxana

    The Cove in Asheville, NC provides free seminar to active military families (NG, active duty and reserve). You can go to a military marriage retreat and one other seminar each year. You have to had been deployed or mobilized to qualify. All you have to do is fill out a form for a scholarship that covers lodging and food. My husband and I attended a military marriage retreat for the last 4 years. The place is amazing, Christian speakers have been phenomenal and food is better than at 5 star resort. I look forward to our trip each year!!!!

    • Lisa

      Oxana, is that sponsored through CREDO (I forget what that acronym means, but something via the Chaplains)? CREDO is absolutely wonderful. Great way to reconnect/connect with spouses.

    • Jess

      I just looked up the cove and it says their Military seminars are no longer offered. Too bad!

  7. Lisa

    What a great post from Collin to post these freebies that I hope someone in the service can use.
    Please comment when used.
    S/F.

    1. MUT Pack: All Madden Pack for Madden NFL 18: Code: 9RFN-VQ2U-PT2B-KR2J
    2. MUT Pack: All Madden Pack for Madden NFL 18: Code: C4YP-5K8D-BDS5-YZ6C
    3. One year ESPN subscription: Go to espn.com/uwonespnmag, Enter your prize code 4390AU4836 exactly as it appears and click “Submit”

    • Heather

      Thanks for this! What are the mut packs?

      • Lisa

        Heather, they have something to do with the game…not sure if it is PlayStation or whatever! I hope somebody has a youngster who plays Madden NFL.

        • Heather

          That’s cool! I was able to get my husband the ESPN magazine 🙂 He hits 16 years next month in the USAF & I know he’ll enjoy reading it! Thank you 🙂

    • Oxana

      The Cove is through Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Please check again as they do offer 2 seminars a year for military marriage retreat. They no longer have them this year but new schedule should be up soon. They offer one end of May and one in the fall. Also you don’t have attend just military retreat. You can choose another one. 🙂

  8. Tamy

    WAVES OF HONOR @ Sea World
    Retirees and Veterans are included.
    Go to Sea World website and verify and apply.

  9. Lo

    Thanks for the list! I’m grateful that businesses include veterans.
    Home Depot offers 10% off
    Cedar point/ cedar fair properties offers 2 free weekends a year ( Memorial Day and 4th of July weekend) for active, retired and veterans also discounted tickets for family. This year cedar point added an additional weekend in September.
    Knots berry farm also had a deal but now they’re owned by cedar fair so maybe just during certain holidays.

  10. Christi

    Anyone use Veteran’s Holidays? I would love some feed back as I’m currently planning a family trip on a budget. TIA

  11. Mende

    How do you get the shipping for the signs to be 9.99. It keeps coming up at 23.99

    • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

      Hi Mende!
      Are you sending to an APO? Here’s what it says in their FAQ’s –

      When you are checking out and entering your shipping information, please select AE in the State/Prov/Reg drop down menu (AE will be at the very bottom of the list). Please note that APO orders can take 5-15 business days for delivery after your jumbo card/banner has been printed.

      Hope that helps!?

  12. Julie

    Many thanks for this post! My husband is retired from the Air Force with almost 25 years of service. We have always been so appreciative of the programs that have assisted us through out our travels as a military family. Now that he’s retired and we’re helping our daughters through University, we’re on a very tight budget. This website and these programs continue to be such a tremendous blessing to us!!

  13. Ashley

    Frye boots offers a 20% discount on full-price merchandise.

  14. Kay

    Thanks!

  15. Sarah

    We use the Waves of Honor for passes to Sea World San Antonio every year. They are amazing.

  16. Kelly

    Tents for Troops is another amazing organization that offers 2 free nights at many campgrounds around the US. We have a tiny little camper and I’ve been able to stay at a couple of campgrounds with the kids while DH was deployed and we were able to camp out together as a family after he returned.
    http://www.tentsfortroops.org

  17. Tammy

    Thanks so much for this list!

  18. lisa

    Shutterfly puzzle code: KECA-59ST-XY9H-1EZ1VY (exp 10/31)

  19. Collin

    Very efficiently written story. It will be useful to everyone who usess it, including myself. Keep up the good work – for sure i will check out more posts.

  20. Faith

    Lowes gives 10% off for military. You just take proof of service ID card or DD214 and link it to your mylowes card and you get 10% all purchases. It has saved us a lot of money the last year.

  21. Cindy Coleman

    Always worth asking if there is a military discount. Today I was shopping for tires and NTB told me that give a 10% discount. We were taking NJ Transit to NYC and asked and got a great discount for the whole family. Also, from Memorial Day to Labor Day Blue Star Museums offers free entrance to hundreds of museums for military member plus guests.

  22. Cate

    Just recently found out American Girl gives 15% military discount for active and retired military !

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