Veteran & Military Discounts: 80+ Places Where Heroes Get (Almost) What They DeserveMay 29, 2014 by Kyle 97 comments • Filed Under Consumer News, Discounts
On the heels of Memorial Day, I figured it was time to research which retail stores, restaurants, entertainment spots, and travel services offer a discount to veterans and active military personnel. Why this list is relatively small is kinda a head scratcher for me. You’d think darn everybody would offer a discount of some type for those who keep us save, and more importantly, free. I will definitely keep adding to this list as I find new discounts for veterans and active duty military. I hope that you find this list to be a useful and money saving resource.
Restaurant Discounts for Military & Veterans
- Bennigan’s: Active military and vets get 10% off your total check at Bennigan’s.
- Ben & Jerry’s: Ask about it the next time you order a scoop of ice cream. Varies by location but is typically 15%.
- Burger King: 10% off military discount, just show proper ID.
- Chevy’s: 20% discount for active, retired, or uniformed personnel. Find the details here.
- CiCi’s Pizza: A large majority of CiCi’s locations offer a military discounts, ask about it.
- Dairy Queen: Get a 10% off your food and ice cream at select Diary Queen locations. Must have valid military ID.
- Denny’s: 10% discount to first responders which includes active military. Just show your military ID and ask for it.
- Famous Dave’s BBQ: All active and retired military can get a 10% discount. Just ask your server for your discount.
- Fuddruckers Burgers: Show your server your military ID and get a discount of either 10% or 15% off.
- Golden Corral: Flash your military ID and get 10% off your bill every time you dine.
- Hard Rock Cafe: Get a slick 15% off discount when you show your military ID.
- Hooter’s: Varies by location but most Hooter’s will give a flat 15% off discount to active and retired military personnel. Often times the discount is only available on certain nights.
- IHOP: 10% off your entire meal when you show your military ID to your IHOP server.
- Lone Star Steakhouse: 15% off discount for military, police, and fire fighters every Monday. The cool thing is the discount is good for the entire table.
- Panda Express: 10% military discount for active personnel. Just flash your ID before ordering your tasty grub.
- Papa Murphy’s: Thanks to reader Sara for this one! They offers $3.00 off each regular priced pizza for Military ID card holders. Not valid with other discounts.
- Pizza Hut: Discount amount varies by location but always ask and have your military ID at the ready.
- Texas De Brazil: Get 15% off your meal total with your military ID.
- Texas Roadhouse: Get up to 20% off your bill total with your active military ID. Discount varies by location, ask your server.
“Go Have Fun” Discounts for Military & Veterans
- AMC Theaters: After 4 p.m. flash your military ID and get a much deserved discount on movie tickets.
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Free admission year-round for active and retired military.
- Busch Gardens (Tampa, FL) : Under the “Waves of Honor” program all active duty military are entitled to a free 1-day admission. Also good for up to 3 family members.
- Carnival Cruise Line: From reader Randall, “All cruise lines owned by Carnival (Carnival, Princess, Cunard, P&O. etc.) offer free onboard credit for military service, current or past. Just fax them a copy of discharge papers, and you get credit on any cruise you take with them.”
- Camp Jellystone: Get up to 20% off campsites, cabins, and more across the country. Must show valid military ID. Details here.
- Cinemark Theaters: Check this list to see all of the participating Cinemark theaters across the country.
- Disneyland: Ask for details but active and retired military heroes will receive Disneyland park hotel discounts as well as a 3-day park hopper for only $129.
- Dollywood: Active duty members of the Armed Forces receive a 10% discount on their cabin rental.
- Knott’s Berry Farm: Free entry on Memorial Day weekend at Knott’s Berry Farm and substantial discounts the rest of the year. Details can be found here.
- Legoland: 10% military discount at the California Legoland. Military appreciation days at the Florida location gets active and retired vets in the park for free with discounts for family members.
- Regal Cinemas: Regal Cinema military discounts varies by location. Inquire at your local theater.
- San Diego Zoo: Free 1-day pass to the San Diego Zoo for those who are on active military duty.
- SeaWorld: Via the Waves of Honor program, “any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman gets one complimentary admission per year.”
- Six Flags: Check out the website BaseOps.net and collect discounted tickets to all Six Flags properties.
- Universal Studios: Military discounts at Universal Studios are available when you visit the BaseOps website as well.
- U.S. National Parks: Free annual pass to all National Parks in the United States.
Retail Discounts for Military & Veterans
- Advance Auto Parts: According to their website they “offer 10% off regularly priced items for in-store purchases to customers who serve or have served our country’s Armed Services.”
- American Eagle Outfitters: Show your military ID and get 10% off your in-store purchase at AEO.
- Apple Store: Thanks to reader James for the scoop on the Apple Store “Big one that’s missing here is the Apple Store. Just ask for a Federal employee discount and show your CAC card. Works for me all the time.”
- Auto Accessories Garage.com: They offer 5-20% off to veterans and active military members plus their families. Details here.
- AutoZone: 10% off your purchase. Thanks to a reader for letting me know about this one.
- Banana Republic Factory Store: They offer a flat 10% off for veterans every day of the year.
- Bed Bath & Beyond: Flat 10% off discounts for vets and their families. Varies from store to store.
- Bass Pro Shops: Bass Pro Shops will give you a 10% discount with your military ID.
- Best Buy: Varies from store to store, but many retail locations offer a 10% discount to vets. Just ask a Best Buy sales associate about it.
- Big Lots: Be sure to shop on Tuesdays and take advantage of their military discount.
- Buckle: The Buckle military discount requires online verification. Once verified, you’ll get 10% off all purchases.
- Cabela’s: 5% military discount except on firearms at your local Cabela’s.
- Charlotte Russe: 10% discount with ID. Thanks to reader Katie for letting me know about this one.
- Dell Computers: Dell offers a variety of military programs. Check this page for all the details and learn how to save some money on your next computer system.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods: The next time you are shopping at Dick’s, ask about their 10% discount for vets. Varies from store to store.
- Eddie Bauer: Eddie Bauer offers a 10% discount for active and retired military personnel.
- Footaction: Vets and active military can save an awesome 20% off w/ proper ID. Family members can get the discount as well.
- Home Depot: All year long military personnel, active or retired, can get a 10% discount at the Home Depot. Just gotta ask for it and show proof.
- Kelly’s Auto Parts: Thanks to Zee for this one. Kelly’s offers a 10% discount all the time for all vets and active service members.
- Lowe’s: Thanks to a couple vets for setting me straight on Lowe’s. They will give a flat military discount of 10% to all active and retired military personnel. For all other vets they give a discount on Veteran’s Day, 4th of July, and Memorial Day. It is also worth noting, from the Lowe’s website, that “immediate family member(s) of someone with a valid military ID Card” is also eligible for the 10% discount.
- Michaels: Show your military ID at Michaels and get a flat 10% off. I have read of some exclusions that vary from store to store so ask a sales associate at Michaels.
- Nike Store: Nike offers a 10% in-store discount to vets, active service, as well as those in the reserves. Their families too.
- Old Navy: Keep and eye out and ask about Military Monday’s at Old Navy where active and retired military personnel get a 10-15% discount.
- O’Reilly Auto Parts: According to the their website, they offer an “in-store only” discount of 10-15% off with valid ID.
- Payless Shoes: Shop at any of their retail locations and get a 10% military discount. Just show your ID and collect your savings.
- Pottery Barn: Most Pottery Barn locations offer a 10% discount for vets.
- Radio Shack: Thanks to reader Dawn for letting me know about the Radio Shack military discount. They’ll give a flat 10% discount to active and retired military.
- Sports Authority: Turns out Sports Authority also offers a discount. Thanks to reader Jason for this one. “Stopped in this weekend and was granted a 10% discount with proof of Active or Veteran status.” Thanks for your service Jason.
- Walgreens: Varies from store to store, but most Walgreens offer a military discount, be sure to ask.
- Williams-Sonoma: Flat 10% discount with proper ID or proof of service.
- Zales Jewelry: 10% off discount for active and retired military.
Travel Discounts for Military & Veterans
- Alamo Rent a Car: Discounted rates for military families and free rental insurance and waived fees for military personnel.
- Amtrak: Active military and their families get a 10% discount on train tickets with Amtrak.
- Best Western: Discounted room rates at Best Western hotels for active military. Present ID at check-in or when reserving via the phone.
- Choice Hotels: Discounted room rates for active military and their families. Ask about it when reserving your room.
- DoubleTree by Hilton: Get 15% off the popular Bed & Breakfast rate when booking your room. Details here.
- Greyhound: Ride the hound for 10% off all walk up fares. Good for active military and vets. Also, the most you’ll ever pay is $259 for a round-trip anywhere in the United States.
- Hampton Inn: Book a room at any Hampton Inn and they’ll give you a flat 15% discount on your reservation. Works for retired and active military and their families.
- Hertz: Free car upgrades from Hertz for military folks and their families.
- La Quinta Hotels: Several vets have chimed in and let me know that La Quinta offers a 12% discount on room reservations. Ask about it.
- Marriott Hotels: When booking your room mention the military discount and you’ll get inundated with special offers.
- Norwegian Cruise Lines: Save 10% off specific cruises for active military, veterans, and their families.
- U.S. Airways: From their website, “Special rates to military personnel traveling on an officially excused absence and to discharged personnel within 7 days of discharge.” Pretty cool, I wish more airlines would do something similar.
Banking Discounts for Military & Veterans
- American Express: AMEX waives ALL fees for active duty military, including the annual fees on all of their cards. AMEX Platinum? $0 instead of $450. Thanks Heath for this one!
- Chase Bank: Thanks to Jim, a veteran, for this one. “Show your ID or in my case discharge papers at any Chase branch when opening a checking/savings account and get the Premiere package for free (Normally $25 a month) which includes a fee free safety deposit box, debit visa and many goodies.” Thanks for your service to this country Jim.
- U.S. Bank: Thank to Tony for this one, “US Bank gives all active duty & veterans free Premiere checking & savings with ID or DD214.”
Wireless Discounts for Military & Veterans
- AT&T Wireless: From the AT&T website, veterans and active military can get 15% off “qualified monthly service charges”. Just follow the directions on their site to get your discount.
- Sprint Wireless: Get 15% off your monthly bill by showing evidence of your service. Details here.
- T-Mobile Wireless: TMo will happily give active and retired military 15% off their monthly bill. It might take a while according to this thread, just be persistent!
- Verizon Wireless: From vet Jim, “It’s either 10 or 15% (at Verizon). Active duty, retired and veterans. I took my DD-214 to the local Verizon store and they submitted the information. It took about a month. Saves my about $20 per month on my bill.”
Ask the Reader: Do you know of any other veteran or active military discounts? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to get it added to this article. Thanks!
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