There is no real way for American civilians to offer proper thanks to the servicemen and servicewomen who put their lives on the line to protect the interests of the country they serve.
But many stores and consumer brands try their best to show gratitude, by offering discounts to service personnel whenever they make purchases.
Obviously, the 160 discounts listed below cannot make up for the sacrifice made by armed forces personnel. But, it is one way for military personnel to feel appreciated, no matter the amount of money saved.
Who Gets Military Discounts?
There is no standard throughout American commerce regarding the justification of service members, either active or veteran, to deserve the discounts offered.
Discounts are routinely offered to active duty, National Guard or Reserve, and military dependents, who may be asked to show a Department of Defense dependent identification card. Discounts also usually are extended to veterans and DOD retirees.
There are discounts offered specifically to members of veterans’ benefit groups such as Veterans Advantage, USAA or Veterans of Foreign Wars. If you are a service member but not aligned with any of those groups, you might investigate the services and advantages they offer to see if it is worth your while to join.
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With that caveat out of the way, let’s begin our list of most of the available military discounts offered by national and regional companies and brands, starting with:
No matter where you are eating, if the establishment is part of a chain, it is likely it offers a military discount. If it is a locally owned eatery, it might be likely to offer a more sizable discount. Always inquire if the menu or other signage doesn’t advertise a discount.
1. Ben & Jerry’s
The military discount at Ben & Jerry’s varies by location, but ranges between 10 and 15%.
2. BoneFish Grill
Seafood lovers who are also armed forces personnel get 10% off their check every day at Bonefish Grill.
3. Burger King
Some participating Burger King locations offer 10% off all food and drink items to military personnel.
Through Veterans Advantage, Chick-Fil-A offers a 10% discount to active duty and retired military personnel.
5. Chuck E. Cheese
Chuck E. Cheese offers military discount deals on its Alpha and Bravo deal packages. A military ID is required, and you must ask location management for the discount.
6. Cici’s Pizza
Cici’s Pizza does offer military discounts depending on location, but all locations offer free food on Veteran’s Day. Check locations for details.
7. Dairy Queen
Denny’s offers a military discount of 10 to 20% depending on location.
A military identification card is required to get the 10% discount on food and drink at Dunkin’ locations. Doughnuts are still on the menu despite the recent name change.
10. El Pollo Loco
El Pollo Loco offers 15% discount to all service and first-responder personnel, but the discount is limited to $1.50.
11. Famous Dave’s BBQ
Famous Dave’s offers a military discount on some menu items, but also offers a free menu item up to the cost of $7.49 on Veteran’s Day, November 11.
12. Golden Corral
Depending on location, the military discount at Golden Corral is 10-20%.
13. Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock Cafe offers a 15% discount on all non-alcoholic food items as well as gift shop retail purchases.
Hooters offers a 20% discount on Tuesdays. Some locations offer a 10% discount on all week nights. The chain also offers certain menu items to service members on Veterans Day.
IHOP offers a 20% discount to military personnel, although that is up to the owner’s discretion.
16. Noodles & Company
Noodles & Company offers a 15% discount to all service personnel with a valid service ID.
17. Omaha Steaks
A 10% discount on all purchases is available to active duty members and veterans, including spouses and dependents, at Omaha Steaks.
Photo courtesy of Outback Steakhouse
18. Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse offers a 10% discount off an entire order every day to armed forces personnel with proof of service.
19. Panda Express
A 10% discount is available to military personnel at all Panda Express locations.
20. Ponderosa Steakhouse
Ponderosa Steakhouse offers buffet specials on Veteran’s Day to service members.
22. Red Robin
As part of its regular loyalty program, Red Robin offers special package deals to military personnel who sign up.
22. Texas de Brazil
A 20% discount is offered to armed forces personnel, EMS and teachers at Texas de Brazil.
23. Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse offers a 10% discount all year long to military personnel, as well as free meals on Vetearn’s Day.
Wendy’s offers discounts to members of Veterans Advantage.
Active duty, retired and veteran service members with families will appreciate the discounts offered by the largest theater chains in the country.
25. AMC Theaters
Participating AMC Theaters offer discounts to military personnel and their families. Some require membership in Veterans Advantage.
The discount for active military members and retired military personnel at Cinemark varies by location, but most theaters offer savings on ticket prices and concessions.
27. Marcus Theatres
Marcus Theatres offers movie tickets at $7.50 at any time for armed forces personnel.
28. Regal Entertainment Group
Regal Cinemas offers discounts to active duty military personnel, active duty veterans and military spouses and children. Click the link to pick a location and see the discounts available.
29. Showcase Cinemas
Guests stroll along Main Street at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World as the park kicks off its 50th anniversary celebrations in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. John Raoux/AP Photo
Military discounts at theme and amusement parks help defray the cost of admission.
30. Busch Gardens
31. Disney Theme Parks
Disney offers special package prices to military personnel, and there are greater discounts for personnel living in the state where the theme park resides.
Choose between a 4-day or 5-day Disney Military Promotional Ticket.
The promotional tickets below are available for purchase:
5-Day Military Promotional Tickets
Purchase now through Dec. 16, 2022
- With the Park Hopper Option: $349 plus tax
- With the Park Hopper Plus Option: $379 plus tax
4-Day Military Promotional Tickets
Purchase now through Dec.16, 2022
- With the Park Hopper Option: $329 plus tax
- With the Park Hopper Plus Option: $359 plus tax
Receive admission for 4 or 5 days when you visit during the period from January 1, 2022 through December 16, 2022.
Both a theme park reservation via the Disney Park Pass system and valid theme park ticket for the same park on the same date are required for each person in your party ages 3 anup. Reservations are limited and subject to availability.
LEGOLAND offers different discounts to active military and to veterans, non-active military and military families. Active military get free admission to the Legoland Florida Resort and Water Park. Military members and families can also get reduced rates at Legoland resort hotels.
33. Six Flags
Six Flags offers a 20% discount on general admission tickets to active duty and retired service members and military spouses.
34. Universal Studios
Universal Studios provides discounted admission tickets to active duty and retired military members, disabled veterans and military spouses and dependents.
These discounts are given to active duty military and veterans from various places.
35. Ford’s Theatre
Ford’s Theatre, the famed location where President Abraham Lincoln was shot, offers active duty and veterans up to 50 percent on selected tour tickets with a valid military ID.
36. Major League Baseball
All Major League Baseball teams offer discounts to service members, but the discounts differ between clubs. However, every team also hosts specials for military personnel and veterans. When next season comes around, check your team’s website for information.
37. SiriusXM Radio
SiriusXM Radio offers a 25% percent military discount on subscription prices to armed forces personnel.
38. U.S. National Parks
Since Veterans Day 2020, Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans are eligible to receive free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests. The Interagency Annual Military Pass waives entrance fees but does not cover expanded amenity fees such as camping sites. Information about the Interagency Annual Military Pass is available here.
Being able to travel is one of the most valued recreations, and being able to do so at a discount is important to military members. Here are some discounts offered by airlines.
39. Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines offers special military fares to active duty military and their dependents in some markets for service members traveling on an official excused absence, and those discharged from active duty military service in any one of the U.S. military agencies. It also offers discounts through Veterans Advantage membership, and discounts include 15% off on in-flight food purchases.
40. Allegiant Air
Allegiant Air offers seven discounts on air travel expenses to U.S. active and reserve duty armed forces and armed forces veterans, including up to two pieces of checked baggage free of charge, and free service for one pet per cabin.
41. American Airlines
American Airlines offers U.S. military veterans and their families up to 10% discount on domestic and international flights by enrolling in VetRewards and booking through Veterans Advantage.
JetBlue offers a 5% discount on air travel to Veterans Advantage members.
A Veterans Advantage membership can get U.S. armed forces personnel 5% off Lufthansa flights.
44. Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines offers military discounts but requires travelers to contact them at 1-800-I-FLY-SWA directly to determine the discounts available.
45. United Airlines
United Airlines offers a 5% military personnel discount through a Veterans Advantage membership, and also offers a free checked bag for service members.
Here are some discounts offered by some of the nation’s largest hotel chains that have accommodations in hundreds of cities around the world.
46. Best Western
Best Western offers an extensive list of discounts on room rates to veterans, active duty military members, and civilian military service members.
47. Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels offers special individualized rates for military and veteran leisure stays, as well as government and military business travel.
48. Hampton Inn
Visit Hampton Inn to get details on discounts offered to military personnel.
49. Hilton Hotels & Suites
Hilton Hotels & Suites offer several different packages of accommodations for service personnel and other government employees, including special group rates.
50. Hyatt Hotels
U.S. veterans, active duty armed forces members and their immediate families are offered 10-15% off the standard room rate at participating Hyatt Hotels.
51. Intercontinental Hotel Groups
A valid military ID will be required when you check in under a military discount rate from Intercontinental Hotel Groups, which include Holiday Inns and Candlewood Suites. The military discount rate is determined by the individual hotel management.
52. LaQuinta Inns & Suites
Save 12% on accomodations at LaQuinta Inns & Suites with military identification. Discounts are offered to active military, veterans and family members.
53. Red Roof Inn
A 15% room rate reduction is available at Red Roof Inns for service members undergoing a permanent change of station. Also, there is a 10% discount for armed forces members on vacations.
54. Marriott Hotels
Marriott Hotels offer discounted rates to military personnel and families depending on availability.
55. Sandals Resorts
A 10% discount on resort travel is available for all Sandals Resorts reservations for active duty service members, retired military service members and military spouses.
56. Wyndham Hotels
Wyndham Hotels offers discounted room rates and bonus club membership points to active duty, National Guard, reservists, veteran and retired armed forces personnel, as well as to family members through a Veterans Advantage membership.
Here are some discounts offered by car rental companies that are helpful for business or pleasure travel.
Through Veterans Advantage, Avis offers up to 25% off base rates to U.S. armed forces veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard and Reservists, and military spouses.
With a Veterans Advantage membership, active duty and retired armed forces service members, as well as military spouses, can enjoy up to 25% off on Budget car rental rates.
Discounted rates are offered to active duty personnel, armed forces veterans, retirees, National Guard reservists and military spouses through Enterprise Rent-A-Car. There are additional benefits offered to USAA members.
Hertz offers a government and military discount which is applied to your rental. You are required to complete an application to qualify.
Here are some discounts offered by various travel companies.
61. Cheap Caribbean
Sign up fo Waves4Warriors and receive $100 off your next vacation booked through Cheap Caribbean.
62. Ikon Pass
Active duty and retired military and their adult dependents can receive up to 29% off all Ikon Pass products.
63. Vail Resorts
The Epic Military Pass from Vail Resorts offers unlimited, unrestricted access to 40 resorts for $145 for active and retired military and their dependents. Veterans and their dependents can purchase an Epic Military Pass for $480.
Amtrak offers a 10% military discount to military service members and their families, and also offers them first-serve status in ticket lines. Some restrictions apply.
65. Delta Vacations
Delta Vacations offers hundreds of dollars off of packages to armed forces personnel. A military email address is required for booking.
Servicemen and women and family members get 10 percent discounts on tickets purchased at Greyhound stations or as part of the Veterans Advantage program.
Cruising is an excellent multigenerational travel option and here are some military discounts that can make it even more attractive.
67. Carnival Cruise LInes
Carnival Cruise Lines offer discounts on cruises to U.S. Military and Canadian Defense members. Details are in the link above.
68. Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line offers a 10% discount to military members and their families on selected cruises. A list of rates for military personnel can be found here.
69. Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises offers up to $250 in onboard spending money for active military members, veterans and family members.
70. Royal Caribbean
Through Royal Caribbean’s Military Discounts program, active U.S. armed forces members can book one stateroom at savings of up to 50 percent off published fares. Go here for details on the personnel that qualify for the Royal Caribbean Military Discounts.
Military discounts extend to interest rates on bank loans and credit cards. Many banking institutions offer restricted interest rates to active-duty service members because of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Military Lending Act (MLA).
71. America First Credit Union
America First Credit Union offers $100 to U.S. service men and women who open a savings or checking account or apply for credit card services.
72. American Express
American Express waives the annual fee for military members for all of its credit cards, including the $695 for the AmEx Platinum card.
73. Bank of America
Besides all that is offered under SCRA and MLA, Bank of America offers the Military Modification Program which offers principal payment forgiveness and other special considerations for veterans and servicemembers who are homeowners.
74. Capital One
Capital One offers a special web page of SCRA resources to assist military service members find out about all of the benefits of the program.
75. Chase Bank
Chase waives the $25 monthly service fee and minimum balance requirement for its Chase Premier Plus Checking Account for military personnel. Most other banking service fees are waived as well.
Citi offers a wide range of services especially for military personnel, including its HomeRun for Heroes program, and the CitiMortgage Military PCS Transfer Assistance Program to assist with relocating.
77. Navy Federal Credit Union
Navy Federal Credit Union account holders receive up to $20 in ATM fee rebates, free military checks and early access to military pay with a qualifying military direct deposit.
78. U.S. Bank
All of the consumer checking accounts U.S. Bank offers are available to military personnel with no monthly maintenance fee or minimum balance required.
Having insurance on life and property provides a psychological boost to policyholders. Several organizations, including USAA, specialize in insurance plans for military personnel and veterans.
GEICO offers insurance rate cuts to active duty and retired members of the U.S. Military and National Guard. It also offers an Emergency Deployment Discount when they deploy into imminent danger pay areas as designated by the Department of Defense.
Military personnel are experienced and do-it-yourself projects, and these hardware stores are ready to help them with discounted products and services.
81. Home Depot
Home Depot offers a 10% military discount through a Veterans Advantage membership.
Lowe’s has a Military Discount Program that provides a 10% discount on all purchases.
Whether it is for the service member or for family members, there are many discounts available at the best-known clothing and shoe retailers in the country.
Adidas offers 30% off at adidas.com and in-store and 20% off at factory outlet stores for military personnel, first responders, medical personnel and teachers.
Aeropostale offers service members 10% off on all purchases.
85. American Eagle Outfitters
American Eagle offers a 10% discount to military personnel for in-store purchases only.
A military personnel discount of 40% is offered for all full-priced products in the ASICS online store.
87. Banana Republic
Banana Republic offers 10 to 15% off in-store purchases to service members.
88. Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s
A 25% discount on apparel and accessories is available to servicemembers, first responders and nurses at Carhartt. A signup for ID.me is required.
90. Cole Haan
Cole Haan offers a 20% discount to active duty, reserves, guard, retirees and veterans.
Columbia offers a 10% discount to military personnel, first responders and teachers.
A 15% discount is available to military personnel, active or retired, and family members at Converse stores.
All full-priced Crocs products are available at a 15% discount for military personnel..
94. Eddie Bauer
95. Foot Locker
Foot Locker offers a 15% discount on most items in-store or online. Verification is required through SheerID. The offer is also good at Kids and Lady Foot Locker.
96. Forever 21
Military personnel and family members can be fashion-forward with a 10% discount on apparel at forever 21.
Don’t blame the messenger, military family members; GameStop offers a 10% discount on both new and used products, including collectibles.
All active and non-active military personnel receive a 10% discount on their entire purchase on Tuesdays at Goodwill retail locations. During Military and Veterans Appreciation Days, the discount jumps to 25%.
99. Hot Topic
Hot Topic offers a 10% discount to military personnel, but they must call customer service to apply the discount to online purchases.
100. J. Crew
Military personnel, health care workers and first responders receive 15% off their entire purchase at J. Crew Factory stores and online.
A 10% discount is available for Jockey products through ID.me to all military service members and their families.
Every Monday, service members and their families are offered a 15% discount on in-store purchases at Kohl’s.
103. Levi Strauss
Military service personnel receive a 15% discount on all Levi’s apparel.
104. L.L. Bean
The military discount is 25% at participating Lululemon stores.
Fifteen percent off an entire purchase is available to military personnel at Madewell stores.
An extra 10% discount is available to military personnel and family members for all purchases at maurices.
109. New Balance
111. Old Navy
114. Steve Madden
Military personnel receive a 25% discount on their entire Steve Madden purchase.
115. Sunglass Hut
Sperry’s Military VIP program offers a 15% discount to all active and veteran military personnel.
117. The North Face
The North Face offers a 10% discount to all active, reservist, veteran and retired U.S. military personnel.
The discount is 20% for Timberland boots for active duty service members, retirees, reservists, veterans, spouses and dependents.
119. Under Armour
A 20% discount is available for Under Armour products to all service members and their families.
121. Vera Bradley
122. Vineyard Vines
123. Wilson’s Leather
Get 10% off your in-store purchase of outerwear, luggage, accessories and more at Wilson’s Leather with a valid military ID.
Communications and Electronics
Whether it is wanting to communicate with family and friends far away, or having the decked out family room or man-cave for gaming and watching sporting events, military personnel are going to be happy to take advantage of discounts offered by communications and electronics companies.
An Apple store employee wears personal protective equipment in New York. Mark Lennihan/AP Photo
A 10% discount on Apple products and accessories is available to military personnel and family members who live in the same household.
AT&T offers 25% off each unlimited wireless line as well as special monthly rates to active duty members and veterans. Service personnel and family receive $100 in credits per line when they switch from another carrier.
Dell offers a 10% discount to service members who acquire a coupon using their military email address.
HP offers 40% off shipping costs for HP products to military personnel, first responders and nurses through the ID.me site.
All military personnel and family members are offered a 10% discount on select Microsoft products and services.
A 10% discount is available on all Motorola products to service members.
Save up to 30% on Samsung products and services if you are now or were a member of the armed forces.
The Sprint and T-Mobile Unlimited Military Plan offers a 50% discount on family lines for military members. The full price is required for the first line, then additional lines come at 50% off.
133. U.S. Cellular
A 15% discount is applied to all U.S. Cellular calling plans for military personnel.
Photo courtesy of Verizon
Verizon offers phone lines for $30 per month to service members and their families. Verizon also states that it offers employment opportunities for veterans.
Xfinity offers a $25 coupon to servicemembers for any On Demand programming, as well as a $100 Visa prepaid gift card for signing a minimum term agreement for service. These offers run through Dec. 31, 2021.
Military personnel will certainly appreciate the opportunity to get a break on the price of a new vehicle thanks to their service.
Military personnel enjoy recreational vehicles, and Airstream Salute offers special pricing on new Airstream vehicles.
Audi offers special pricing and financing to activity duty military personnel and Department of Defense employees. Dealers will have the details.
139. Chevrolet/General Motors
Chevrolet/General Motors offers $500/$1,000 cash allowance on vehicles purchased by military personnel.
Military personnel are offered a $500 Bonus Cash option with the purchase of a Chrysler vehicle.
The Ford Military Appreciation Program offers special offers on vehicles, along with several other programs aimed at benefiting military veterans.
At Harley-Davidson, a MIlitary Financing Program makes owning a bike easier for military personnel. The company also offers storage of bikes to personnel shipped away from home.
The Honda Military Appreciation extends a $500 discount on purchases and leases of new Honda vehicles to active and retired military personnel.
A $500 bonus toward the purchase of a Hyundai vehicle is offered to active duty, reservist, national guard, veteran and retired U.S. military personnel.
The Jeep Military Incentive Program offers $500 bonus cash to the purchase of Jeep vehicles to active duty military members.
Mazda offers $500 Military Appreciation Bonus Cash to active duty personnel, retired military personnel, and retired military service members. Mazda also offers free vehicle inspection, cleaning and oil changes to military members.
The Nissan MIlitary Program offers between $500-1,000 savings on vehicle purchases.
Subaru offers a $500 discount on the best price offer received for vehicles by active duty and reserve members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard Space Force and National Guard, as well as veterans and retired military personnel within 12 months of your date of separation.
The Toyota MIlitary Rebate offers $500 in money back on the purchase of a vehicle by military personnel.
A $500 bonus is offered to military personnel purchasing select Volkswagen vehicles.
For purchase or lease, servicemen and servicewomen can get $500 from Volvo to drive a new vehicle.
Auto Parts and Service
Any military personnel who spent time in the motor pool will appreciate an opportunity to get deals on auto parts and service once they get home.
152. Advance Auto Parts
A 10% discount on in-store purchases is offered to military personnel shopping at Advance Auto Parts.
153. Jiffy Lube
All Jiffy Lube locations offer 15% off on service to those who served in the U.S. military.
154. Pep Boys
Pep Boys offers a 10% discount on service and parts to military servicemembers. Pep Boys (and Icahn Automotive Group) will also offer refurbished vehicles and a $300 gift card to 100 veterans nationwide.
Go play outside with these discounts on outdoor and sports-related gear.
155. Burton Snowboards
Military personnel can Hang 10 with a 20% discount from Burton Snowboards.
157. Champs Sports
Champs Sporting Goods offers military personnel a 15% discount on items in-store and online.
A valid military ID presented to any authorized PING dealer will get you a rebate on PING equipment.
The PXG For Heroes program offers special pricing for golf clubs and accessories to military personnel.
Whether for themselves or a loved one, it is nice to receive a discount on an item as valuable as personal jewelry because of military service.
161. Arthur’s Jewelers
Military Savings on all purchases, including designer jewelry, is available to military personnel at Arthur’s Jewelers
162. Helzberg Diamonds
Helzberg Diamonds offers 10% off purchases in-store or online to active duty, military retirees, diasbled veterans and registered dependents of active duty/retirees.
163. Roger & Hollands
The Everyday Hero Discount is available to military personnel at Roger & Hollands, which offers 10% off any one purchase.
Here is a specific offer: 10% off select engagement rings at Since1910 for military personnel.
Tiffany is helping military personnel get married with a 10% discount on engagement rings and wedding bands.
You just never know who is going to offer discounts to active duty military personnel or military spouses.
166. 24-Hour Fitness
24-Hour Fitness offers a discount on monthly membership dues for basic memberships to active and retired military personnel.
167. Gold’s Gym
All current and former members of the U.S. military, including National Guard and reservists, get a 15% discount on purchases at JOANN with a JOANN Military Rewards Discount Card.
170. Mattress Firm
Depending on the item purchased, Mattress Firm offers 10-20% off mattress and bedding purchases to military personnel, including veterans, reservists, and their family members.
Using a Michaels Rewards account, armed forces personnel can receive 15% off everything in the store.
All Purple products are available to eligible military personnel at a 10% discount.
173. Sleep Number
There is a 20% discount offered to all active, veteran, retired and reservist military personnel on Sleep Number 360 smart bed and bases.
TIDAL offers military personnel, both past and present, a 40% discount on a monthly subscription to TIDAL music and video services. Each new enrollee receives a 30-day free trial after which the discounted rate applies.
175. Yeti Coolers
Clothes, shoes and more are 10% off at Zappos checkout for military personnel (teachers and students too).
Kent McDill is a veteran journalist who has specialized in personal finance topics since 2013. He is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder.