The Best Military Discounts for Service Members and Veterans

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Although many retailers show appreciation to America’s service members around Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the 4th of July, some retailers reward active-duty and retired service members and their families year-round. A variety of restaurants, auto brands, specialty stores, financial-service providers, and more offer discounts that are available when you show your military identification or register in the ID.me or Veterans Advantage systems.

Take a look at some of the discounts and promotions available to active, reserve and retired military, and veterans – including a few goods just for Veterans Day on Nov. 11 and the weekend.

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Restaurants 

Service members, veterans, and their families can take advantage of military discounts at national chain restaurants and food-related services. Take advantage of these offers now:

  • Applebee’s: Active-duty military and veterans can choose a free entrée from a special menu at the casual-dining chain on Veterans Day.
  • House of Jerky: Get a 15% discount on all orders shipped to military APO/FPO addresses. (Not valid on sale or promotional items.)
  • IHOP: Veterans and active-duty military can enjoy a free stack of Red, White and Blueberry pancakes on Veterans Day from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Military ID or proof of service is required.
  • 99 Restaurants: Show your military ID to receive 10% off your food purchases.
  • Omaha Steaks: Veterans Advantage members can save an additional 10% on their purchases.
  • Outback Steakhouse: Active duty or retired military personnel receive 10% off food purchases with military ID.
  • Red Robin: The burger chain has a free Red’s Tavern Double – and bottomless steak fries — waiting for veterans and active-duty military, with proof of service, on Nov. 11.
  • Shoney’s: Active and retired military can pop into Shoney’s before 11 a.m. on Veterans Day to receive a free, all-you-can-eat breakfast bar. Every other day, military, police, fire or EMT personnel in uniform receive a 15% discount on their order at participating locations.
  • Wendy’s: Show your valid military ID or Veterans Advantage Card to receive a free breakfast combo on Nov. 11 from 6:30-10:30 a.m. Wendy’s offers eligible military members exclusive deals when they sign up for the WendyMail loyalty program.
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Apparel and More 

From local shops to national chains, a range of clothing and accessories stores offer special prices and deals for military personnel. Get some great discounts from these participating companies:

  • Bass Pro Shops: Eligible military members receive a 5% discount every day.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond: Veterans Advantage members can save 25% off purchases from Nov. 11-13.
  • Boscov’s: The department store offers a discount of up to 15% to registered military members.
  • buybuy BABY: Save 20% on Nov. 11 with Veterans Advantage membership.
  • Champion: Military personnel and veterans get 10% off.
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods: All active-duty and reserve military, plus veterans, receive a 10% discount.
  • Foot Locker: Qualified military personnel can get a 10% discount off most online and in-store purchases.
  • Harmon: Veterans Advantage members will save 25% off purchases from Nov. 11-13 at the health, beauty and personal care retailer.
  • Michaels: Get 15% off your purchase — including sale items — every day with a military ID.
  • MLBshop.com: Military personnel and first responders, along with their spouses and immediate family, get a 15% discount.
  • NBA Store: Military service members receive a 15% discount on their orders.
  • Nike: Receive a 10% discount at Nike.com and at Nike stores as an eligible military member, spouse or dependent.
  • NFL Shop: All eligible military personnel, spouses, and dependents enjoy a 15% discount when purchasing products on NFLShop.com.
  • Under Armour: For eligible military personnel and veterans, the sports retailer offers a 20% discount with verification. For a limited time, the discount is 40% on UA.com.

Auto 

Many major auto dealers offer exclusive specials and savings to military members and veterans. Check out what’s available:

  • Ford: All eligible military personnel receive a $500 bonus cash on select vehicles.
  • General Motors: Active-duty military members, retirees and veterans receive discounts of $500 to $1,000 on select vehicles.
  • Nissan: Get $500 to $1,000 in savings as an active-duty or retired military member (20 years of service), reservist or veteran within two years of active duty. The discount can be combined with other incentives.

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Armed Forces Education and Child Care 

Members of the armed forces can save money on a range of products and services related to education and child care. In some cases, you can even save on educational services for yourself:

  • Cultural Care Au Pair:  The care company offers a $75 registration fee waiver and a $1,000 program fee discount to active-duty military members and veterans.
  • KinderCare Learning Centers: All eligible military personnel get reduced tuition rates at 1,400 centers nationwide.
  • Tutor.com: Provided by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, U.S. military and their eligible dependents receive free online tutoring and homework help.

Theme Parks and Entertainment 

From local theaters to giant theme parks, entertainment venues of all kinds offer discounts for military men and women. Here’s where to have more fun for less:

  • Busch Gardens: Active-duty military, reservists and National Guard members receive complimentary admission for themselves and as many as three direct dependents per year. The same offer is extended at sister properties SeaWorld and Sesame Place, but it can be used for only one park and one visit.
  • Cinemark: Go see a movie for less with a government-issued military ID. Contact your nearest Cinemark theater to find out the exact discount days, rates and times.
  • Disneyland: Veterans Advantage members save up to 10% on admission tickets.
  • Knott’s Berry Farm: Active, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel receive a discount when buying tickets on the park’s website.
  • Legoland: Active-duty military members receive online discount pricing on tickets to both the California and Florida locations.
  • National Park Service: Get free entrance into national parks across the U.S. with the free annual pass for U.S. military and Gold Star families.
  • Regal Entertainment: Save up to 25% off movie tickets with your Veterans Advantage membership.
  • Showcase Cinemas: All active-duty military members and their dependents can receive discounts on movie prices. Get a general admission ticket for $8 and bargain matinee, children and senior tickets for $6. On Veterans Day, retired military personnel can buy matinee tickets for $6 and evening tickets for $8.
  • United Artists: The theater chain also offers discounts, up to 30%, on movie tickets through Veterans Advantage.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood: Discounted ticket prices are available for all active-duty and retired military personnel all year with a valid military or U.S. government I.D. at the time of purchase. Tickets are available in advance only at military ticket offices. Military rates are not available at the Universal Studios Hollywood box office.
  • Walt Disney World: Veterans Advantage members can save up to 17% on theme park tickets.
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Insurance and Financial Services 

Service members can score steep discounts on financial, tax, and insurance products and related services. Get your finances in order with these offers:

  • Bank of America: Eligible military members can receive an interest rate reduction for a home loan, line of credit, installment contract or credit card.[x]
  • Geico: If eligible, enjoy up to 15% off your total insurance premium if you are an active-duty military member, retired from the military, National Guard member or reservist.[x]
  • TaxSlayer: Active-duty military personnel can file their federal tax return at no cost.[x]

Mobile and Tech Companies 

From hardware and software to monthly payment plans, some mobile and technology companies offer deep discounts to service members. Start saving today with these deals:

  • Apple: A 10% discount is available on Apple products and accessories to active-duty and veteran members of the U.S. military, National Guard and Reserves. The discount extends to immediate family members in the same household.
  • AT&T: Qualified active-duty military members and veterans can receive 25% off their monthly service charge on specific plans.
  • Boost Mobile: Boost will temporarily suspend service and service charges under the Deployed Military Program while reserving the phone number until the service member returns.
  • Samsung: Active military personnel and veterans can receive a discount on mobile phones and accessories on Samsung.com.
  • Microsoft: The company offers active, former and retired military members and their families up to 10% off select products and services.
  • T-Mobile: All U.S. military and veterans receive 50% off the monthly fee of the Magenta unlimited family plan.

Hotel and Travel 

Active-duty personnel and veterans can land big deals on train, plane and bus tickets. Take advantage of these military fares, and don’t forget to book a hotel with a discount to enjoy when you arrive at your destination. These companies offer some of the best discounts for military members and veterans:

  • Amtrak: Active-duty military personnel, their spouses and dependents can receive at least a 10% percent discount on many fare prices on most Amtrak trains, as well as permission for uniformed military personnel to skip to the front of ticket lines. On certain California travel, the discount is 15%.
  • Best Western Hotels & Resorts: Military members can book rooms at or below the per diem rate along with enrollment in an upgraded rewards program.
  • Greyhound: Veterans Advantage card members receive 10% off tickets purchased online or at a Greyhound station.
  • Hilton Hotels & Resorts: Active-duty and retired military members receive a discounted room rate at participating Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Search the Hilton website by city to check availability and view exact discounted room rates.
  • Motel 6: Active and retired service members receive up to a 10% discount. Discount also valid at Studio 6 properties.
  • Red Roof Inn: Active military members and their loved ones can enjoy 15% off their room.

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