Carry on, Soldier
In a salute to members of the armed forces and their families, numerous websites offer great travel prices and information. Some sites are specifically tailored to assist government employees and both active-duty and retired military personnel with travel needs.
These sites can provide discounted rates on airfare, car rentals, hotels, and travel insurance. They even offer special rates for cruises—for soldiers in need of a little R&R. And if serving the country isn’t all that lucrative, travel financing options are available through some sites. Hooah!
Important travel information is highlighted on the military-specific sites, including space-available travel and which fees may be waived. Additionally, there are travel tips regarding safety, frequent flyer programs, how to choose airplane seating, luggage selection and storage, and what to do with those pesky sabers at the security checks.
In addition to the military-specific travel sites, it can be worthwhile to check the major travel sites for discounted rates. Travelocity does offer discounted rates exclusive to military personnel. Priceline.com, Expedia, and Orbitz do not. These sites recommend checking with individual airlines for special pricing but suggest that their own discounted rates may beat the military fares offered by the airlines.
Before any trip, researching discount options and applicable military benefits is crucial. The following sites, among others, will provide some of the most useful and targeted information for traveling military personnel:
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