A Guide to Discounts for Military and Veterans
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 percent 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.
Here's a look at the deals.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|