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100+ Awesome Discounts for Veterans and Military Members

November 8, 2015
by Kelly Gurnett
Contributor

Servicemen and women, we salute you — and so do plenty of companies who are happy to show their gratitude in the form of discounts and other offers.

In addition to Veterans Day-specific discounts (stay tuned for our post on this year’s batch), lots of companies offer year-round special savings to active-duty, reserve and retired members of the military.

For many of these discounts, you just have to ask. Most establishments will ask to see valid military ID as proof of service, however, so keep yours handy if it isn’t already.

Restaurants With Miltary Discounts

Whether you’re looking for a meal, snack or treat, these eateries will give you a break on your bill.

1. Ben & Jerry’s

Discount amount varies by location, but it’s usually around 15%.

2. Famous Dave’s BBQ

All active and retired military save 10% on Famous Dave’s authentic, pit-smoked BBQ and made-from-scratch sides. Ask your server for details.

3. Dairy Queen

Participating DQ locations offer 10% off your order.

4. Denny’s

Denny’s 10% discount is available to “first responders” — which includes active-duty military personnel.

5. Hooter’s

Discount amount varies by location, but it’s usually around 15% and is good for both active and retired service members. It might only be available on certain nights, though, so you might want to call ahead to check.

6. Golden Corral

Show your military ID and get 10% off an endless buffet dinner at Golden Corral.

7. Lone Star Steakhouse

Mondays are discount days for military members, police officers and firefighters — and the 15% off applies to your whole table!

8. Texas Roadhouse

Discount amount varies by location, but it can be as much as 20%.

9. IHOP

Show your military ID to your server and get 10% off your entire meal.

10. Panda Express

In the mood for some Asian food? Active-duty personnel can enjoy a 10% military discount at this nationwide chain.

11. Dunkin’ Donuts

In addition to sending free coffee overseas for troops, Dunkin’ offers Veterans Advantage members 10% off on online orders.

12. Burger King

Present a valid ID and ask for a manager at The Home of the Whopper and get 10% off at participating locations.

13. Hard Rock Cafe

Flash your ID and get 15 percent off.

“Go Have Fun” Discounts

Whether you’re craving a family adventure or a date night, you can enjoy a discount on your entertainment.

14. Busch Gardens / SeaWorld

The Waves of Honor program grants free one-day admission for all military service members (active, Guard and Reserve) plus up to three family members. This offer is good at a variety of SeaWorld and Busch Garden parks across the U.S.

15. AMC Theaters

Flash your military ID after 4 p.m. for a discount on movie tickets (discounts vary).

16. Carnival Cruise Lines

Whether you’re active or retired, you can get a discounted rate on any Carnival cruise line (Carnival, Princess, etc.) by submitting a copy of your discharge papers via fax, mail or email.

This offer is also available for spouses of active-duty personnel — see the Terms & Conditions page for more details.

17. Disneyland

Visit Disneyland Park and Disneyland California for $132 with Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets. Ticket must be purchased by December 18, 2015 and are good for admission through December 20, 2015.

18. LEGOLAND

Visitors to LEGOLAND California can save up to 25% off admission and receive a second day free with the basic military discount.

Or check out LEGOLAND, LEGOLAND Water Park and SEA LIFE Aquarium and save up to 37%, in addition to getting a second day free, with the Resort Hopper military discount. Both offers are good through December 31, 2015.

LEGOLAND Florida also offers free one-day admission to active-duty personnel — just show your ID at the ticket window the day of your visit. You may also be able to purchase discounted tickets in advance for friends and family by ordering through your on-base ticket office.

19. PGA Tour

As part of the Birdies for the Brave outreach and appreciation program, service members can receive complimentary or discounted tickets to select PGA tour events.

20. Major League Baseball

In addition to special military appreciation days, many MLB teams also offer discounted tickets throughout the year. Check out the full list here.

21. U.S. National Parks

Enjoy America the beautiful! Military members and their dependents are entitled to a free annual pass that grants them access to all U.S. national parks. 

22. Universal Studios

Both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Orlando offer exclusive military discounts and packages through local base ticket offices.

Travel Discounts

Planning a trip? Use your ID for deals on planes, trains and automobiles.

23. Amtrak

Active-duty military personnel and their immediate family (spouses and dependents) can get 10% off the lowest available fare on most Amtrak trains. Select “military” for each applicable passenger when using the Amtrak Fare Finder search.

In addition, uniformed service members can move to the head of any Amtrak ticket line.

24. Greyhound

Active-duty and retired military personnel and their immediate family (spouses and dependents) can get 10% off Greyhound walk-up (unrestricted) fares.

They’re also eligible to travel round-trip anywhere in the continental U.S. for a max fare of $259.

25. Hampton Inn

Active-duty servicemembers, veterans and their families can enjoy up to 15% off their stays at participating Hampton Inn hotels and resorts.

Some restrictions apply — see Terms & Conditions for full details on how to claim your discount rate.

26. U.S. Airways

U.S. Airways offers special military leave fares for active-duty personnel traveling on an excused absence or within seven days of discharge. Special rate also applies to military dependents.

27. La Quinta Inns & Suites

Active-duty and retired military personnel are eligible for the government rate for both business and personal travel.

Select “Government” rate type or use promo/corporate code “GOV” when searching for rooms on their site.

28. Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Active-duty and retired military personnel get 10% off personal stays for themselves and their spouses and families. See Terms & Conditions for specifics.

29. Hertz

Enjoy discounted rates, upgrades and complimentary membership in Hertz’s Gold Plus Rewards program when you rent a car with a military discount code number.

30. Norwegian Cruise Line

Save up to 10% on select cruises for yourself and your family by looking for sailings with a blue and red star icon next to them.

31. Marriott Hotels

Active-duty service members qualify for discounted room rates. Select “Government & Military” under the “Special Rates” section when booking your stay.

32. Choice Hotels

Active-duty and retired military personnel and their families get discounted one- and two-person rates.

You’re also eligible for the new Choice Privileges® Armed Services program, which enables you (and your spouse and dependents) to enroll in the Choice Privileges reward program at the “Elite Gold” level.

Banking Discounts

Yes, you can even save money on your bank accounts, loans and credit cards.

33. Loan Interest Rates

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) restricts interest rates for active-duty service members to no higher than 6%. This applies to everything from credit cards to mortgage to auto loans and protects both service members and their families for the duration of active duty.

For more information on all the benefits of the SCRA and eligibility, see here.

34.  American Express

American Express waives all fees for active-duty military personnel. This includes annual membership fees on all of their cards (including the $450 fee on AmEx Platinum) and may also include refunding late fees incurred while on active duty.

To claim these benefits, call the 1-800 number on the back of your card and ask that your account be designated as “active-duty military” in compliance with the SCRA. If the customer service rep you initially speak with isn’t familiar with the act, just ask to speak to a supervisor.

35. Chase Bank

Opening a checking or savings account at Chase? You can get their Premiere package for free — it’s normally $25 and includes a debit card, free safety deposit box and other goodies.

Just show your ID or discharge papers when you open your account.

36. Bank of America

Bank of America has specific banking solutions tailored to military customers, including checking, savings, credit cards, mortgages and loans.

37.  Capital One

To learn about Capital One’s military offerings, call up their dedicated customer service line at 1-855-CAP1MIL (227-1645).

38. Citi

Citi Salutes has a number of programs and services for military servicemembers, from the HomeRun for Heroes mortgage program to the Disabled Veterans Mortgage Relief Program.

39.  U.S. Bank

Opening an account online with U.S. Bank? All active-duty servicemembers and veterans are eligible for their free Premiere checking and savings package — just use ID code “DD214.”

Houseware Discounts

Renovating or redecorating? We’ve got you covered.

40. Home Depot

Show your military ID at Home Depot to receive a 10% discount. Total savings are capped at $500, and this discount may not be usable in combination with other deals.

You may also be able to get a discount on online orders if you place them over the phone — call the Online Customer Care line at 1-800-430-3376 to speak to a representative.

41. Lowe’s

Active service members, veterans and their immediate family (spouses and dependents) get 10% off in-store purchases. This offer cannot be combined with other promotions.

42. Williams Sonoma

Stock your kitchen with a flat 10% discount at this chain with proof of service or valid ID.

43. Pine Oak Farm

This veteran-owned site selling “farmhouse country” style home decor offers service members a 10% discount if you use the code “militaryservice” when you check out.

Your purchase also helps support fellow veterans — $1 of every order over $25 goes towards organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project.

Clothing Discounts

Going shopping? Don’t forget your military ID, which is good for savings at these retailers.

44. American Eagle Outfitters

Show your military ID and get 10% off any purchase of jeans, T-shirts, shoes and more.

45. Banana Republic

Get 10% to 15% off clothing from this store with your ID.

46. Aeropostale

Flash your military ID and get 10% off casual apparel and accessories.

47. Eddie Bauer

Get 15% off most merchandise (some promotions excluded) with your military ID.

48. Hot Topic

A military ID gets you 10% to 20% off at this alternative retailer of clothing and accessories. (Yes, it’s still around.)

49. Under Armour

This activewear brand offers 10% off online and in-store purchases.

50. Old Navy

On the first of every month, get 10% off the latest fashions for the whole family (may vary by location; in-store only).

51. Wilson’s Leather

Get 10% off your in-store purchase of outerwear, luggage, accessories and more with a valid military ID.

52. Forever 21

Get the latest trendy clothes, accessories and shoes for young women at 10% off with your military ID.

53. Charlotte Russe

Get 10% off at this clothing retailer with your military ID.

54. Alfred Angelo Bridal

Save 15% at this bridal boutique that carries wedding gowns, bridal party gowns and more.

55. Maurice’s

Flash your military ID and get 10% off your next apparel purchase at Maurice’s.

Shoe Discounts

56. Eastbay

Get 20% off athletic footwear, apparel and sports equipment online and by phone if you have a Veterans Advantage Card.

57.  Footaction

This retailer of athletic shoes and apparel for men, women and children offers a 20% discount with military ID.

58. Foot Locker

The sportswear and footwear retailer offers 20% off with military ID.

59. Payless Shoe Store

Bring in your military ID for 10% off your next purchase at Payless.

60. Timberland Outlets

This retailer of stylish, rugged apparel offers a 15% discount with valid military ID.

61. Kid’s Foot Locker

Shop kids shoes and clothing from big-name brands and get 20% off with your military ID.

62. Finish Line

The Finish Line offers a 10% discount to all vets and active military personnel.

Discounts on Electronics

Need a new laptop or printer? Consider these retailers.

63. Dell Computers

Dell offers a 10% discount for all military members and veterans.  Be sure to also check out this page for additional specials and promotions.

64. Apple

Check out Apple’s Military/Government Purchase Program to learn more about the various special offers and discounts currently available.

65. Hewlett-Packard

HP’s discounts vary and are only available online. Register as a new user upon checkout and use company code “2727.”

66. Microsoft

Active-duty servicemembers, reserve military personnel and veterans are eligible to receive special discounts on a number of military products. Check out Microsoft’s website for more details.

67. RadioShack

The wireless and electronics retailer offers a flat 10% discount to active and retired military.

68. Rocky Mountain Tracking

Need a GPS vehicle tracking system? Get 5% off your order with this company when you use the code “USMILITARY.”

Wireless and Communications Discounts

Save a little cash on your cell phone plan.

69. Sprint

Discount varies but is usually between 10% and 18%.

Sprint will also allow you to put a “hold” on your service when you’re deployed, which will save your phone number while not incurring any fees.

70. Sprint Business

Call 1-888-788-4727 for information on how you may be eligible to receive a 15% to 20% discount.

71. AT&T Wireless

Check out military discounts on mobile and voice data services on AT&T Wireless’s website.

72. Verizon Wireless

Verizon offers numerous discounts to servicemembers and veterans as well as federal employees, including 15% off plans $34.99 or higher.

You may also be eligible for data discounts as well as 25% off accessories in some cases. Apply online, where you will need a DD Form 214 or Veteran Card.

Automotive Discounts

Whether you’re buying a car, getting an oil change or doing a little DIY maintenance, use your military ID to save a few bucks.

73. Toyota

Car shopping? Show your military ID and get $500 off your vehicle, plus an additional $500 off for first-time buyers.

74. Suzuki

Military personnel, veterans and their families get $500 off Suzuki’s motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and outboard marine motors.

75. Autozone

Get 10% off your purchase of auto parts at Autozone.

76. Auto Accessories Garage.com

Active-duty military members, veterans and their families can get 5% to 20% off auto accessories and performance parts from this site.

77. Advance Auto Parts

Get 10% off regularly priced items (in-store only).

78. Meineke

Meineke offers 10% off parts with a military ID (in-store only).

79. Midas

Get 10% off brakes, oil changes, tires and more.

80. Jiffy Lube

Jiffy Lube offers 10% off all services with a valid military ID.

Sporting Goods Discounts

Go play outside with these discounts on outdoor and sports-related gear.

81. Bass Pro Shops

Gear up for your next outdoor adventure with a 10% discount with military ID.

82. Champs Sports

Discounts vary, so be sure to bring your military ID and ask a sales associate at your local store for further details.

83. Dick’s Sporting Goods

Discounts vary, so be sure to bring your military ID and ask a sales associate at your local store for further details.

84. Play it Again Sports

Discounts vary, so be sure to bring your military ID and ask a sales associate at your local store for further details.

85. Sports Chalet

Save 10% off all of Sports Chalet’s equipment, apparel and accessories.

86. SportsMemorabilia.com

Using code “mili10” at checkout will net you a 10% discount.

Education Discounts

Save a little bit on education for yourself or your family members.

87. Tutor.com

Eligible students in U.S. military families can connect to a live tutor online at any time for studying, proofreading, homework, test prep and more.

The service is available for free to K-12 students and some adults in active-duty families.

88. Ashford University

You may be eligible for the Ashford Military Grant, which reduces tuition for all undergraduate courses to $250 per credit.

This grant also covers the sales tax, technology fees and course materials, including standard shipping costs where applicable, required for an eligible student’s program of study when purchased through the Ashford University bookstore or a textbook partner.

Engagement Rings

Planning to pop the question? Shave a little bit off the cost when you buy from these retailers.

89. Since910.COM

Ready to pop the big question? Get 5% off an engagement ring (maximum of $10,000) by providing a U.S. military email address.

90. Helzberg Diamonds

All active-duty military get a 10% discount when placing an order over the phone at 1-800-HELZBERG (435-9237).

Most store locations have the same discount, but be sure to call ahead to confirm. Proof of ID is required.

91. Zales Jewelry

Zales offers a 10% discount for active and retired military.

92. Zoara

Register on Zoara.com with a valid military ID, use code “USMILDISC” at checkout, and receive a 10% discount on fine jewelry.

93. Wedding Rings Depot

Use the code “MILITARY” at checkout and receive 10% off your purchase of wedding rings.

94. Moissanite Bridal

Moissanite Bridal offers military members a 5% discount off the purchase of an engagement ring.

95.  Larson Jewelers

Active-duty military members get a 5% discount off wedding rings and bands.

96. Dreamstone

Military members get a discount on engagement rings when they enter the code “USTROOPS” in the discount box when checking out.

Miscellaneous Discounts

Looking for a few more ways to save? Here are a couple of discounts that didn’t fit our categories.

97. Michael’s

Get a flat 10% off by showing your military ID. Discount varies from store to store, so be sure to ask a sales associate at your favorite location.

98. Maxx HD Sunglasses

All members of the armed forces, veterans and their families can get 20% off by entering the code “vet20” at checkout.

99. Mary Kay Cosmetics

Military personnel and their dependents are eligible for a 10% discount off online orders by referencing their status and service affiliation.

100. GNC

Save money on your vitamins and supplements at GNC. Discounts vary, so be sure to bring your military ID and ask a sales associate at your local store for further details.

101. Inkhouse.com

This online public relations firm offers 20% off a purchase $50 or more if you use code “Mil20.”

102. Sweet Dreams Pillow

Deployments can be tough on kids. Sweet Dreams Pillows offers a free pillow to each military child featuring a picture of their overseas mom or dad.

Parent must be on active duty and deployment must be at least three months.

Your Turn: Are you aware of any other military discounts that should be on our list? Share them in the comments!

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.

by Kelly Gurnett
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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