ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT MILITARY LIFE IS THE CHANCE TO SEE THE WORLD, AND AS A MILITARY SERVICE MEMBER YOU HAVE MANY WAYS TO!
TO UTILIZE YOUR BENEFITS IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE CHECK OUT THESE MILITARY TRAVEL TIPS.
- Consider off-season travel to popular destinations.For instance, January and September are typically light travel months.
- Travel though a Travel Now and Pay Later service. United Military Travel provides military travel loans to all active duty/retired military and government personnel giving you more access to exotic destinations and leave more money in your pocket for your trip.
- Make lodging reservations early. Ask about availability as soon as you know your travel dates, especially if you plan to stay over a holiday or long weekend. But make sure you understand the cancellation policies in case your travel plans change.
- Have a back-up plan if you’re traveling on a space-available basis. Getting “bumped” from your room reservation or flight won’t disrupt your trip if you have back-up arrangements.
- Confirm that you have current information for installation lodgings and Air Mobility Command (AMC) flights. Visit the AMC Travel website for more information.
- Research military travel bargains online. There are many commercial websites geared to military leisure travel. Check them regularly for limited time cruise and travel packages.
- Ask about military discounts. You’ll find reduced rates on attractions, entertainment, and transportation in many parts of the United States, especially where there’s a large resident military community.
- Get reliable information for overseas destinations. For entry requirements, safety advice, and travel advisories, visit the Department of State website.
- Share and exchange travel tips with others. It’s fun to talk about trips, and you’ll get some of the best ideas from word-of-mouth recommendations.
MILITARY TRAVEL TIPS FOR PACKING
- If checking a duffle bag, pack all of your clothing and lighter items in the bottom, and then place your books, helmet, books, and other large heavy items on top. This makes it easier for TSA to repack your bag if they search it.
- Make sure you use a TSA-recognized lock if you wish to lock your luggage, otherwise they could cut the lock.
- Traveling with weapons? Visit this website first!
- TSA is going to investigate and search everything that looks suspicious so if it looks like a bomb, grenade, land mine, knife, gun etc., don't pack it! You are going to make the screening process much, much more difficult and long for yourself and everyone else. Don't be that person!
MILITARY FAMILY MEMBER GATE PASSES
If you want to accompany your military spouse to the boarding gate before deployment or meet them at the arrival gate you can receive a pass to enter the secure area of the airport. To get them, contact their air carrier representative at the departure/arrival airport to learn the procedure. Just remember, you will still have to be screened through TSA security check.
ASSISTANCE FOR VET'S: DISABLED, INJURED, AND WOUNDED WARRIORS
Once you book your flight, contact your airline provider so TSA can make arrangements for a speedy screening process at 1-855-787-2227