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Oorah, Ka-Ching: A Guide to Discounts for Military and Veterans

Many retailers will offer 10% off, but some go even further with their discounts.

Many retailers offer discounts on goods and services for active duty or veteran military personnel out of respect for those who serve, and some of these discounts are well worth taking advantage of. But with dozens of deals and policies varying by business, it can be tough to navigate.

With Veteran's Day right around the corner, we thought it was high time we update our guide to where you can find military discounts, and how they might apply.

How to Get Military Discounts

Some businesses advertise their military discounts prominently, but at many you may have to ask, show ID or other proof of service, or even be in uniform to get a discount. Complicating matters further, many national retailers (particularly franchises) offer discounts that may vary from location to location; you're most likely to find deals at locations near military bases.

So despite what's on this list, you'll want to check with your local retailer to be sure what discount is offered.

What Discounts to Expect

The discounts available, when you're willing to jump through the hoops to get them, can vary greatly in quality. But many retailers will offer around 10% off. If you're a military member or veteran, you can usually find car manufacturers willing to offer you $500 or more off, though deals depend on what make you're shopping for as well as when you're shopping for it.

Travel deals are also common, but typically vague. Many hotels offer discounted rates for military members and families on leisure travel that are based on government per diem rates, which may or may not be the best deal you can find.

No matter where you're shopping or what you're shopping for, be sure to ask about a military discount before you buy. Even retailers who aren't on this list may offer military discounts — you just don't know until you ask.

Now, without further ado, let's look at the deals.

Store Discount Who's Eligible? Details
24 Hour Fitness Discounted membership Active duty
Alamo Rent A Car Discounted rates Active duty
AMC Theatres Discounted tickets Active duty, retirees, and family Typically after 4PM
Apple Discounted products Active duty, veterans, reservists, National Guard members, and family
Applebee's 10% off, free entree on Veterans Day Active duty and veterans
AT&T Wireless 15% off phone plans Active duty, veterans, and qualified military spouses In-store only
Baskin-Robbins 10% off Varies
Bass Pro Shops 10% off Active duty and retired For one week, beginning on the 15th of every month
Best Buy Up to 10% off Varies
Best Western Based on government per diem Active duty
Burger King 10% off Varies
Carl's Jr./Hardee's 10% off Varies
Chick-fil-A Discounted pricing, free meals on Military Appreciation Nights Varies
Choice Hotels Based on government per diem Active duty, retired, and family
Chrysler Up to $500 Active duty, active reservists, retirees, and veterans discharged within the last 12 months
CiCi's Pizza 10% off Varies
Cinemark Movie Theatres Discounted tickets Active duty
Dairy Queen 10% or more off Varies May only be available certain days of the week or to uniformed personnel
Dell Up to 30% off Active duty, veterans, and families
Ford $500 bonus cash Active duty, reservists, National Guard members, veterans (within 180 days of discharge), and family Offer only good on eligible models
Fuddruckers 10-20% off Varies
Geico Up to 15% off Active duty, National Guard members, reservists, and retired
General Motors Discounted pricing, up to thousands off Active duty, active reservists, National Guard members, retirees, veterans discharged within the last 12 months, and spouses
Greyhound 10% off Active duty, retired, and family
Hard Rock Cafe 15% off Varies
Hertz Discounted rates Active duty
Hewlett-Packard Various discounts Varies
Hilton Hotels & Resorts Based on government per diem, 10% off leisure stays with Military Family Rate Active duty, reservists, retired, and family
Home Depot 10% off Active duty, reservists, retired, disabled veterans, and family
Honda $500 off Active duty, reservists, spouses, retirees, and veterans (within 180 days of discharge) Only available if you finance or lease from Honda
Howard Johnson Based on government per diem Active duty Depending on availability
Hyundai $500 off Active duty, reservists, National Guard members, retirees, veterans, and spouses Only for select 2014, all 2015, and all 2016 models
Jiffy Lube Up to 15% off Varies
Kohl's 15% off Varies
La Quinta Inns & Suites Based on government per diem Active duty
Lowe's 10% off Active duty, reservists, National Guard members, retirees, veterans receiving VA benefits, and family
Marriott Hotels Based on government per diem Active duty
Mazda $500 off Active duty; reservists, veterans, and retirees (within 12 months of discharge/retirement) Only for 2015 and 2016 models
Motel 6 10% off Active duty, retirees, and family
National Car Rental Discounted rates Active duty, retired, and family
National Park Service Free Annual Pass Active duty, family, reservists, and National Guard members
Nike 10% off Active duty, reservists, and retirees
Nissan Varies Active duty, reservists, retirees, veterans (within 12 months of discharge), and spouses and partners
Old Navy 10% off Varies Mondays
Pep Boys 10% off Active duty, National Guard members, reservists, and retired Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Regal Entertainment Group Varies Varies
Scion $500 off Active duty, reservists, National Guard members, retirees and veterans (within one year of service), and family
Shoney's 15% off Varies May have to wear a uniform
Showcase Cinemas $5.50 or $7.50 per ticket Active duty and family
Sprint Monthly service discount Active duty and retirees
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Based on government per diem Active duty
Toyota $500 rebate Active duty, retirees and veterans (discharged within 12 months), and family
Verizon Wireless 15% off monthly plan and 25% off select accessories Active duty and veterans
YMCA Free membership and child care Families of active duty service members

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Contributing Writer

Originally working in IT, Elizabeth now writes on tech, gaming, and general consumer issues. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, Time, AOL, PriceGrabber, and more. She has been one of DealNews' most regular contributors since 2013, researching everything from vacuums to renters insurance to help consumers.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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mogelijk is a good site for military and veteran discounts; as well as first responders, teachers, and other government employees.
dealnews-bglaser (DealNews)

Thank you! We have a list of birthday discounts and freebies here:

We will look into those other categories. Thanks for the suggestion!
This is a great guide. Any chance that you'll do this for other groups that get discounts (seniors, birthdays, federal workers)?
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