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The 130 Best Military Discounts in 2018

Active-duty service members, veterans, and retirees can save big by asking about deals and freebies.
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Businesses of all kinds offer discounts for military personnel and their families. Several are well worth taking advantage of, but because each retailer has specific deals and policies, these discounts can be tricky to redeem.

Read on for our comprehensive list of military discounts and freebies, along with tips on how to get them and the types of deals to expect.

How to Get Military Discounts

Redeeming a discount can be as easy as asking for details and then showing your military ID. However, know that some businesses don't advertise their discounts prominently. Deals can vary from location to location, too, and may only be available in-store, over the phone, on certain days, or at specific times.

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Further complicating matters, some retailers only offer discounts through organizations such as Veterans Advantage. Or they may only give deals to those who have their status verified through SheerID or ID.me (which also covers Troop ID). Retailers could also request that you submit certain documents to prove your military status.

What Discounts to Expect

Military discounts vary by business, location, and brand, but 10% off is common. Car manufacturers tend to offer at least $500 off select models — although they're often the latest models — for active-duty service members, veterans, and retirees. Travel is another category that often sees military discounts, but they tend to be vague. And while hotels widely offer savings, they're frequently based on government per diem rates, which might not be the best prices.

Regardless of where you shop or what you're looking for, it never hurts to ask about a military discount! Check out our list below to find some of the best deals.

Store Details Who's Eligible?
24 Hour Fitness Discounted membership Active duty and family
Advance Auto Parts 10% off in-store only Active duty, reservists, retirees with at least 20 years of service, veterans receiving VA benefits, spouses, and dependents
Alamo Discounted rates for leisure travel Active duty, veterans, and eligible family members
Allegiant Air Free select services Active duty, veterans, National Guard, reservists, and dependents
Allen Edmonds 15% off via ID.me Active duty
AMC Theatres Up to 40% off via Veterans Advantage Varies
Amtrak 10% off Active duty, spouses, and dependents
Apple 10% off products in online store Active duty, reservists, veterans, National Guard, and eligible family members
AT&T 15% off phone plans Active duty online; reservists, National Guard, veterans, and spouses in-store only
Atkins 15% off bars and shakes Active duty and veterans
Audi Varies Active duty
Avis Up to 25% off via Veterans Advantage Active duty, veterans, National Guard, reservists, and eligible family members
Bass Pro Shops 5% off every day, year-round Active duty, veterans, retirees, National Guard, and reservists
Beachbody Waived business service fee for coaches, reimbursement of starter kit fee for qualifying coaches Active duty, veterans, and reservists
Beaches by Sandals 10% off when you book by phone Active duty and spouses, retirees, reservists, National Guard, and veterans
Best Western 10% off Active duty, veterans, and government personnel
Bodybuilding.com 10% off via Troop ID Active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, retirees, spouses, and eligible dependents
Bonobos 15% off 5 orders over the course of a year Active duty and veterans
Buckle 10% off Active duty, veterans, National Guard, reservists, spouses, and dependents
Budget Varies Varies
Cabela's 5% off every day, year-round Active duty, veterans, retirees, National Guard, and reservists
Carhartt 10% off apparel and accessories via Troop ID Active duty, veterans, retirees, spouses, and eligible family members
Carnival Cruise Lines Discounted rates Active duty and retirees
Carter's Free shipping on $50 to APO and FPO addresses Active duty
Champion 10% off All members of the military community, including veterans
Champs Sports 20% off most purchases via SheerID Active duty, retirees with 12 years active service and receiving military benefits, spouses, and eligible dependents
Choice Hotels Varies Active duty, retirees, and eligible dependents
Chrysler $500 off purchases and leases of select new models Active duty, reservists, retirees, or those honorably discharged within the last 12 months
Chuck E. Cheese's Special offers Active duty and dependents, National Guard and dependents, reservists and dependents, and retirees
Cicis Varies Varies
Cinemark Theatres Varies Active duty, reservists, retirees, or dependents
Cole Haan 20% off Active duty, reservists, Guard, retirees, and veterans
Coleman 35% off via Veterans Advantage Active duty, veterans, retirees, National Guard, reservists, and eligible family members
Columbia 10% to 15% off via Troop ID Active duty, veterans, and family
Costco Over $60 in savings when you join as a new member via SheerID Active duty, reservists, Guard, veterans, retirees, and registered dependents
CVS 20% off orders and free shipping via Veterans Advantage Active duty, veterans, and eligible family members
Dell 10% off Varies
Delta Air Lines Varies Active duty
Delta Vacations Up to $300 off select vacations and 500 extra bonus miles per person per booking via military email address certification Active duty and travel companions
Dickies 10% off Active duty, veterans, retirees, National Guard, reservists, spouses, and eligible dependents
Disney Cruise Lines Special rates on select cruises Active duty, retirees, reservists, and spouses
Disney Theme Parks 3 days for $168 or 4 days for $188 during select months Active duty and retirees, or their spouses
Eastbay 20% off via SheerID Active duty, veterans, retirees, National Guard, reservists, and eligible dependents
El Pollo Loco 15% off Active duty
Expedia Complimentary upgrade to +gold status in rewards program via SheerID Active duty and retirees
Extended Stay America Varies Varies
Fanatics 15% off all orders via Troop ID Active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, retirees, spouses, and eligible dependents
Foot Locker 20% off via SheerID Active duty, retirees, and eligible dependents
Ford/Lincoln $500 Military Appreciation Bonus Cash toward the purchases and leases of select new models Active duty, National Guard, reservists serving on active duty, DEP, veterans within 24 months of separation, retirees, spouses, and family
Geico Up to 15% off Active duty, retirees, National Guard, and reservists
General Motors Discounted pricing via ID.me Varies
Gold's Gym Discounted memberships Active duty and veterans
Greyhound 10% off at station, or 10% off online via Veterans Advantage Active duty and retirees
Helzberg Diamonds 10% off Active duty, retirees, disabled veterans, and registered dependents of active duty and retirees
Hertz Varies Varies
Hickory Farms Free shipping to APO, FPO, and DPO addresses Active duty
Hilton Hotels Per diem rates, or 10% off leisure stays Varies
Honda $500 off select new models Active duty, retirees, veterans within 12 months of separation from active service, and spouses
Howard Johnson Per diem rates Varies
Hyatt Discounted rates Varies
Hyundai $500 off select new models Active duty, veterans, National Guard, reservists, and retirees
Jiffy Lube 25% off most services Active duty and veterans
Jo-Ann Fabric 15% off Active duty, veterans, and eligible family members
Jockey 10% off via ID.me Active duty, veterans, and family members
John Deere Complimentary John Deere Rewards upgrade to Platinum 1 status Active duty, reservists, National Guard, retirees, and veterans
KFC Varies Varies
La Quinta Inns & Suites Up to 12% off Active duty, veterans, and spouses
Lenovo 10% off via ID.me Active duty, veterans, reservists, and eligible family members
Lowe's 10% off Active duty and veterans
Marriott Per diem rates Active duty
Massage Envy $60 off yearly membership Active duty
Mazda $500 off purchases and leases of select new models Active duty, reservists, veterans, and retirees within 2 years of separation from active service, spouses, and eligible children
Merrell 10% off via ID.me Active duty, veterans, and spouses
Michaels 15% off Active duty, veterans, spouses, and eligible family members
Microsoft 10% off select products Active duty, veterans, retirees, and eligible family members
Motel 6 Up to 10% off Active duty, retirees, and family
National Discounted rates Active duty
National Park Service Free annual pass Active duty and dependents, reservists, and National Guard
NBA Store 15% off via Troop ID Active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, retirees, spouses, and eligible dependents
New Balance 10% off via registration with .mil email address Active duty
Newegg Free year of Newegg Premier, 50% off shipping to APO addresses Active duty, reservists, Guard, veterans, and registered dependents
NFL Shop 15% off via Troop ID Active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, retirees, spouses, and eligible dependents
Nike 10% off via SheerID (single use only) Active duty and spouses and eligible dependents, veterans, retirees, and reservists
Nissan Between $500 and $1,000 off select new models Active duty, reservists, retirees, and veterans within 12 months of active duty
Oakley Varies Active duty, reservists, retirees, and veterans processing a DD Form and 256 or DD Form 214
Orvis 10% off via Veterans Advantage Active duty, veterans, National Guard, reservists, and eligible family members
Outback Steakhouse 10% off Active duty
Overstock.com Free Club O Gold membership via ID.me Active duty and veterans
Papa John's 25% off regular menu price orders via code "HONOR25" Varies
Penske Truck Rentals 10% off Active duty and veterans
Pep Boys 10% off in-store only Active duty and retirees
PODS 10% off Active duty, retirees, and veterans
Pottery Barn 15% off in-store only Active duty, retirees, and eligible family members
Princess Cruises Up to $250 free onboard spending money Active duty, veterans, retirees, and disabled military personnel
ProFlowers Varies Varies
Quiksilver 15% off via SheerID Active duty, reservists, Guard, veterans, retirees, spouses, and eligible dependents
Red Roof Inn 10% off or 20% off via Veterans Advantage Active duty, veterans, and retirees
Regal Entertainment Group Varies Varies
Rosetta Stone Discounted prices via SheerID Active duty, reservists, Guard, and veterans
Royal Caribbean Discounted rates Active duty, retirees, veterans, and spouses
Sam's Club $30 in rewards when joining or renewing Active duty, veterans, retirees, and spouses
SeaWorld Free admission at San Antonio, San Diego, and Orlando parks Active duty, veterans, and family members
Sherwin-Williams 15% off paints, stains, and painting supplies Active duty, veterans, and reservists
Showcase Cinemas $5.50 or $7.50 per ticket Active duty and dependents
SiriusXM 25% off Active duty, veterans, and eligible family members
Southwest Airlines Discounted rates when you book by phone Active duty
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Per diem rates Active duty
Super 8 15% off Active duty, retirees, veterans, spouses, and eligible family members
T-Mobile* 20% off single lines, 50% off family lines Active duty, veterans, retirees, National Guard, reservists, and Gold Star family members
Taylor Made Golf 15% off via ID.me Active duty, retirees, veterans, spouses, and eligible family members
Texas de Brazil 20% off Active duty and veterans
Texas Steakhouse 10% off Active duty and retirees
Thrifty Rent-A-Car Discounted rates Active duty
Tiffany & Co. 10% off engagement rings and wedding bands Active duty, reservists, and veterans
Toms 10% off via SheerID Active duty and veterans
Toyota $500 rebate toward purchases or leases of select new models Active duty, National Guard, reservists, eligible household members, Gold Star families, and retirees and veterans within 1 year of retirement or discharge
TurboTax Free or discounted products Varies
Under Armour 10% off Active duty and veterans
United Airlines Up to 5% off Active duty, veterans, National Guard, reservists, and eligible family members
Universal Studios Discounted rates at Orlando and Hollywood parks Active duty, retirees, reservists, veterans, National Guard, and dependents
Verizon Fios $60 or $120 off per year on select plans Active duty and veterans
Verizon Wireless Up to $40 off select plans, 15% off other plans, and 25% off select accessories Active duty and veterans
Volkswagen $500 off purchases or leases of select new models Active duty, veterans within 24 months of active duty, retirees, and eligible family members
Williams-Sonoma 10% off electrics and 15% off everything else in-store only Active duty, retirees, and eligible family members
Wilsons Leather Varies Active duty, veterans, retirees, spouses, and eligible dependents
Worx 10% off single use code via SheerID Active duty and veterans
Wrangler 10% off via ID.me Active duty and veterans
Yankee Candle 10% off Active duty, retirees, and immediate family members
YETI Special pricing via Troop ID Active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, and retirees
YMCA Free membership and child care Active duty and family

*This entry is sponsored by T-Mobile.


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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4 comments
cmunoz15
Pollo Tropical also provides a military discount for active duty, dependents, and veterans.
Scroogus Maximus
Wendy's fast food restaurants also usually give a 10% discount to any servicemember or veteran with ID.
mpmcgrath5
Home Depot also gives 10% off for Military.
TZen
Thank-you for putting this list together!

I would add that the National Park pass is also free for Disabled veterans. I don't know the percentage of disability required, but it does have to be something that would interfere with mobility/exertion.