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Travel – Benefits
Jetting off to explore the world with your family is now more affordable, thanks to your military benefits. Check out some of the savings you’re entitled to through these travel programs.
The Information, Tickets and Travel office
Information, Tickets and Travel offices, which are a division of the Morale, Recreation and Welfare Program, offer discount tickets for military members on everything from rock concerts to sporting events. ITT offices are located on many installations and in general provide one-stop shopping for savings on:
- Special events
- Area and destination attractions
- Hotels and other lodging
- Cruise booking
- Day trips and tours
ITT personnel are certified travel agents who can provide service members with:
- Exclusive offers
- Efficient, personalized service
- Trip-planning assistance
- Destination-specific brochures and information
- Sales and services with no added convenience fees
Visit the ITT office on your installation to get special, reduced-rate tickets for family-friendly attractions. This includes Disney parks, SeaWorld® and other theme parks or attractions. Check out your branch’s ITT services at:
- Army ITT
- Marine Corps ITT Program
- Navy ITT
- Department of the Air Force ITT (for airmen and guardians)
The online version of ITT is American Forces TravelSM. It allows you to do the following from the comfort of your home:
- Purchase discounted flight tickets
- Book hotel rooms
- Rent cars
- Purchase low-price vacation packages
- Book concert or sporting event tickets
Campgrounds across the United States
MWR offers camping and glamping opportunities across the states. View the Best Kept Secrets: Joint Services Campgrounds and Facilities guide to choose your next relaxing destination. Each campground offers different activities, accommodations and amenities. You can rent:
- Recreational vehicle pads
- Pop-up camper sites
- Fully furnished cabins or hotels
Military recreational lodging opportunities
As a service member, your benefits entitle you and your family to stay in military recreational lodging around the world. From cottages at the beach to cabins in the mountains, there are plenty of affordable destinations that will make for a great trip. Keep the following tips in mind when booking your military recreational lodging:
- Priority and rules for recreational travelers vary by service branch and lodging facility, so check ahead.
- Eligibility extends to active-duty service members, military family members, military retirees, National Guard and reserve members, Department of Defense civilians, disabled veterans and Purple Heart recipients.
- Make your reservations early as military recreational lodging can fill up fast, especially during peak travel seasons.
Examples of military recreation lodging include the following Armed Forces Recreation Center resorts available around the world:
- On the East Coast, check out Shades of Green® in Orlando, Florida, near Disney World®, Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in North Carolina, or one of the coastal cabins maintained by the Coast Guard.
- On the West Coast, look at Seward Resort in Alaska, Big Bear Recreation Facility in Southern California, or Kilauea Camp and Hale Koa Hotel in Hawaii.
- Travel to Europe and stay at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Germany.
- In Japan, check out the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo or the Okuma Joint Services Recreation Center. Also in Asia is the Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul, South Korea.
Check out all of your exciting options.
Other travel opportunities
Service members and their families can use Space-A flights to travel around the country and world at little to no cost. Though sometimes unpredictable, military flights are perfect for families with flexible plans and limited travel budgets.
If Space-A travel isn’t right for your plans, take advantage of TSA PreCheck® to make things a little easier when flying commercial.
- Simply use your Department of Defense ID as your known traveler number.
- You’ll bypass long security lines without removing your shoes or jacket or having to take your laptop out of your bag.
- Family members under the age of 12 can pass through expedited screening with you.
Travel benefits for college students
Military dependents enrolled in colleges away from an active-duty parent’s OCONUS duty station are eligible for travel benefits.
- The government will pay for one round trip each fiscal year for college students if they meet certain requirements.
- This travel benefit must be authorized through the service member’s command and be completed through the military travel office.
- See the travel coordinator on your installation for more information.