Jetting off and exploring the world with your family is affordable, thanks to your military benefits. Check out some of the savings you’re entitled to through these programs.
The Information, Tickets and Travel office
For eligible military members, the Information, Tickets and Travel office offers discount ticket sales for everything from rock concerts to sporting events. A division of the Morale, Recreation and Welfare Program, ITT offices are located on many installations and provide one-stop shopping for savings on:
- Special events
- Area attractions
- Hotel reservations
- Cruise booking
- Day trips and tours
- Destination attraction tickets
ITT personnel are certified travel agents that can give service members:
- Exclusive offers for military personnel
- No more “convenience” fees
- Efficient, personalized service
- Trip-planning assistance
- Destination-specific brochures and information
Visit the ITT office on your installation to get special, reduced-rate tickets for all military family friendly attractions, including Disney parks, SeaWorld®, and other theme parks or attractions. Or check out your branch’s ITT services at:
As a service member, your military benefits entitle you and your family to stay at military lodging around the world. From cottages at the beach to cabins in the mountains, there are plenty of affordable destinations for a great trip.
- Some military lodging facilities give priority to active-duty military members on orders, but not to leisure travelers.
- Rules vary by service branch and lodging facility, so check ahead.
- Eligibility extends to active-duty service members, military retirees, National Guard and reserve members and Department of Defense civilians.
- Make your reservations early as military lodging can fill up fast, especially during peak travel seasons.
The following are examples of military lodging available around the globe:
- On the East Coast, check out Shades of Green® in Orlando, Florida, near Walt Disney World®, Fort Fisher on the beaches of 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 in Southern California, or Kilauea Camp and Hale Koa Hotel in Hawaii.
- Travel to Europe and stay at the Edelweiss Lodge in Germany.
- In Japan, check out the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo or the Okuma Recreation Center. Also in Asia is the Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul, South Korea.
Service members and their families can use Space-Available 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.
- Only service members, retirees and their families are eligible. Only with certain qualifications are reservists, National Guardsmen and family members without an accompanying active-duty sponsor permitted.
- No information is available online about the flights, so you must call to find out schedules and availability at the nearest military terminal.
- Flights are typically free of charge, but call to confirm any taxes or fees.
- The only way to sign up for a Space-A flight is through a military terminal. You can do so up to 60 days in advance, and the earlier you do so, the better your chances are of getting on that particular flight.
- Once you sign up for a Space-A journey, you’ll be put into a category that determines the likelihood of getting on that flight. The higher up on the category list, the more priority you have.
- Make sure to bring the required documentation with you, including your military ID and any other necessary paperwork.
If Space-A travel isn’t right for your plans, take advantage of TSA PreCheck® to expedite your time at the airport 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 from 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.