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Your Guide to All the Best Military Discounts

Whether you're on active duty, a veteran, or a family member, you can save big by asking about discounts for military personnel.
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Many businesses offer discounts to active duty or veteran service members, and some of these discounts are well worth taking advantage of. But because each retailer has its own deals and policies, scoring these savings can be difficult.

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

How to Get Military Discounts

Typically, getting a discount is as simple as asking and showing your military ID. The hard part is figuring out when a business offers a discount, as not all advertise it prominently. Plus, many national retailers offer discounts that vary from location to location — so certain locations may offer a discount while others don't. What's more, you're more likely to find deals at locations near military bases. Some discounts may only be available in-store, over the phone, only on certain days, or even at specific times.

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What Discounts to Expect

Military discounts can vary greatly in quality, but 10% off is common. If you're on active duty, a veteran, or a retiree, most car manufacturers offer a discount of $500 or more; however, you'll be limited to select (often new) models. Travel deals are also common, but typically vague. Many hotels offer discounted rates 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.

Check out our list of some of the best deals.

Store Discount Who's Eligible? Details
24 Hour Fitness Discounted membership Active duty
A&W 10% off Active duty
Abercrombie & Fitch 10% to 15% off Active duty
Aeropostale 10% off Active duty
AMC Theatres Discounted tickets Active duty and veterans After 4 pm
Amtrak 10% off Active duty, spouses, and dependents
Apple Discounted products Active duty, reservists, veterans, National Guard, and family
Applebee's 10% off, free entree on Veterans Day Active duty and veterans
Arby's Varies Varies
AT&T Wireless 15% off phone plans Active duty, veterans, and qualified military spouses In-store only
Athleta/Banana Republic/Gap/Old Navy 10% off Active duty Select days
Bass Pro Shops 10% off Active duty and retirees For one week, beginning on the 15th of every month
Best Buy Up to 10% off Varies
Best Western 10% off Active duty and veterans
Boston Market Varies Varies
Buckle 10% off Active duty, reservists, veterans, and National Guard
Budget Up to 25% off Active duty, reservists, retirees, and National Guard
Burger King 10% off Varies
Cabela's 5% off Active duty, reservists, veterans, retirees, National Guard, and family
Carl's Jr./Hardee's 10% off Varies
Carnival Cruise Lines Discounted rates Active duty and retirees
Champion/Hanes 10% off Active duty and veterans
Chick-fil-A Discounted pricing, free meals on Military Appreciation Nights Varies
Choice Hotels Based on government per diem Active duty, retirees, and family
Chrysler $500 off Active duty, active reservists, retirees, and veterans discharged within the last 12 months Only for select new models if you finance or lease through Chrysler
Cicis 10% off Varies
Cinemark Theatres Discounted tickets Active duty
Cinnabon 15% off Active duty, reservists, and retirees
Cold Stone Creamery Varies Varies
Dairy Queen 10% off Varies
Del Taco 50% off Active duty
Dell 10% off Active duty, veterans, and family
Delta Air Lines Discounted fares Active duty
Denny's 10% off Active duty
Disney Theme Parks Varies Active duty, reservists, retirees, and National Guard Available at Walt Disney World (including the military-only Shades of Green resort) and Disneyland; dates vary
DSW 10% off Active duty
Dunkin' Donuts 10% off Active duty
Eddie Bauer 15% off Active duty, reservists, retirees, and National Guard
Extended Stay America Discounted rates Active duty
Finish Line 20% off select items Active duty
Foot Locker 20% off Active duty, reservists, retirees, and National Guard
Ford/Lincoln $500 off Active duty, active reservists, veterans (within 24 months of discharge), retirees, National Guard, Coast Guard, and family Only for select new models if you finance or lease through Ford or Lincoln
Geico Up to 15% off Active duty, reservists, retirees, National Guard, and family
General Motors Discounted pricing, up to thousands off Active duty, reservists, veterans (within 12 months of discharge), retirees, National Guard, and spouses
Gold's Gym 20% off dues Active duty and veterans
Greyhound 10% off Active duty, retirees, and family
Hard Rock Cafe 15% off Varies
Hertz Discounted rates Active duty
Hilton Hotels 10% off Active duty, veterans, retirees, and family
Home Depot 10% off Active duty, reservists, veterans, and retirees In-store only
Honda $500 off Active duty, reservists, veterans (within 12 months of discharge), retirees, and spouses Only for select new models if you finance or lease through Honda
Howard Johnson Based on government per diem Active duty Depending on availability
HP Up to 35% off Active duty and retirees
Hyatt Based on government per diem Active duty
Hyundai $500 off Active duty, reservists, veterans, National Guard, and spouses Only for select new models if you finance or lease through Hyundai
IHOP Varies Varies
Jiffy Lube 25% off most services Active duty
Jo-Ann Fabric 10% to 20% off Varies
KFC Varies Varies
Kohl's 15% off Varies
La Quinta Inns & Suites Discounted rates Active duty
Long John Silver's Varies Varies
Lowe's 10% off Active duty and National Guard
Marriott Based on government per diem Active duty
Mazda $500 off Active duty, reservists, veterans and retirees (within 12 months of discharge/retirement), and family Only for select new models if you finance or lease through Mazda
Michaels 10% to 15% off Active duty
Motel 6 10% off Active duty, retirees, and family
National Discounted rates Active duty
National Park Service Free Annual Pass Active duty, reservists, National Guard, and family Must apply in person
Nike 10% off Active duty, reservists, and retirees
Nissan Varies Active duty, reservists, retirees, and veterans (within 12 months of discharge)
O'Reilly Auto Parts 10% to 15% off Active duty and retirees
Panda Express Varies Varies
Pep Boys 10% off Active duty, veterans, and retirees
Pizza Hut Varies Varies
Pottery Barn 15% off Active duty, retirees, and family
Princess Cruises Up to $250 onboard spending money Active duty, veterans, and retirees
Quiznos Varies Varies
Rack Room Shoes 15% off Active duty
Radisson Hotels 10% to 15% off Active duty
Red Roof Inn 10% to 20% off Active duty, veterans, and family
Regal Entertainment Group Varies Varies
Royal Caribbean Discounted rates Active duty, reservists, retirees, and National Guard
Sam's Club $10 gift card when joining or renewing Active duty, veterans, and retirees
Samsonite 15% off Active duty
SeaWorld Free admission Active duty and veterans Available at San Antonio, San Diego, and Orlando
Sears 5% to 20% off Active duty, reservists, and retirees In-store only
Sherwin-Williams 15% off select merchandise Active duty, reservists, veterans, National Guard, and spouses
Shoney's 15% off Varies May have to wear a uniform
Showcase Cinemas $5.50 or $7.50 per ticket Active duty and family
Southwest Airlines Discounted rates Active duty Must book by phone
Sprint Monthly service discount Active duty and retirees
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Based on government per diem Active duty
Subway 10% off Active duty
Taco Bell Varies Varies
Thrifty Rent-A-Car Discounted rates Active duty
Toyota $500 off Active duty, veterans and retirees (within 12 months of discharge/retirement), and family Only for select new models if you finance or lease through Toyota
Under Armour 10% off Active duty, veterans, retirees, and family
Universal Studios Discounted rates Active duty, reservists, retirees, and National Guard Available at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort
Verizon Wireless 15% off monthly plan and 25% off select accessories Active duty and veterans
Wendy's Varies Varies
Williams-Sonoma 10% to 15% off Active duty and retirees
Yankee Candle 10% off Active duty and family
YMCA Free membership and child care Active duty and family

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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MilitaryDeals
Thank you - Here are a few others.

1800-Flowers 20% Off your entire order (code MILITARYUSA) www.1800flowers.com/militaryusa

LifeLock - 30 Days Free + 15% Off + Free Gift www.lifelock.com/store?promocode=MIl99

Military Tee Times - Exclusive Deals on Golf & Free to Join www.MilitaryTeeTimes.com

UNTUCKit - 25% OFF your Entire Order (beginning 11/06/17) www.untuckit.com/pages/military
gabesdaddee
Home Depot certainly does give all veterans discounts. Also, Lowes does all veterans in store and online. And finally Red Robin does too.
tradderjohn
active duty can also lower their credit card/loan interest. Soldiers and sailors act of 1947.
tradderjohn
Home Depot offers the discount to every Veteran, 362 days of the year.
The Oracle (DealNews)
@tinscale - My husband is in the National Guard, not disabled, and we get a discount at Home Depot. My dependent ID is accept too.
taskforcefreddy
List should include the AMEX Platinum card that comes with no annual fee for service members. While possessing the card is not all that significant, the added travel benefits that accompany the card are incredible to include AMEX Platinum travel services, discounts, and access to 1,000+ airport lounges across the globe... all for free with the card.
tinscale
List is incorrect. Home Depot does not offer discount to "regular" veterans, only disabled veterans. Lowes DOES offer discount to all who served.