Travel – Resources
One of the benefits of military life is the unique experience to travel and explore the world. Service members may benefit from numerous resources that assist them in their travels and expeditions. Here is a sampling of services.
The Information, Tickets and Travel office
Your local Information, Tickets and Travel office is your key to living military life to the fullest without emptying your wallet. ITT is a resource that gives you access to:
- Discounts on hotels, car rentals, theme park tickets and vacation packages
- Savings on day trips to nearby cities and attractions
- Deals on not-so-faraway attractions, like sporting events, movie tickets and more
Many Information, Tickets and Travel personnel are certified travel agents. They can save you time and money by figuring out the details for your trip. Whether you're destined for Vegas or a Disney theme park, the staff can get you there at the best rate. Or check out your branch’s ITT services at:
American Forces Travel
American Forces Travel is a one-stop travel booking site that allows you to book your next trip online while supporting current and future morale, welfare and recreation services. The joint service initiative offers a variety of discounts on travel bookings through its service provider, Priceline Group, Inc., including:
- International and domestic flights
- Hotels all around the world
- Rental cars
- Cruises and vacation packages
- Tickets to concerts, the theater, sporting events and more
Other recreation resources
No need to travel far to check out these great off-base opportunities:
- America the Beautiful passes give you access to more than 84 million acres of national parks where you can hike, climb, ski, surf, stargaze or just relax.
- Blue Star Museums allow you to soak up history, science or culture between Memorial Day and Labor Day across the country – for free.
- "Big Fun on a Small Budget" Podcast. According to this podcast, trimming your budget doesn’t mean doing away with fun altogether.
Military families are eligible to use military lodging around the world, ranging from cottages on the beach to world-class resorts or recreation lodging facilities. You may have more options than you realize – and you could save a little money – by choosing military lodging at destinations around the world.
- Popular resort towns
- Big cities
- Oceanfront getaways
- Mountaintop retreats
- Overseas locales
A few things to keep in mind as you make your military lodging reservations:
- Some military lodging properties fill up fast, so do your research and make reservations as early as you can. Reservation requirements vary by facility and duty status.
- 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.
- Pet policies may vary. If you plan to travel with your pets, make sure furry, four-legged guests are welcome before you book your stay.
- Mailing addresses are sometimes listed on military lodging websites or brochures. Request a GPS-friendly address when you make your reservation to avoid circling the block a few times before reaching your destination.
Other travel resources
Check out these other resources while you are researching your vacation plans:
- Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation
- Marine Corps Community Services
- Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
- Air Force Inns
- Department of Defense Lodging
Space available, otherwise known as Space-Available flights, military flights are a great resource for military families to fly at no or very low costs. Learn more through Military OneSource and the Air Mobility Command travel page and check out your options.
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.