Okay, I’m on a mission now – collecting the biggest list of military discounts there is.
Sounds crazy? I don’t care since I’m really passionate about the cause of helping service members find the financial relief they need.
I’ve already written about free resources for pregnant military wives, budgeting tips for traveling with military kids, tips for inexpensive family travel, but I wanted to extend my help to other military families and share our tips for saving big bucks.
You can find lists of the military discounts out there that name all the major brands, but beside them, I wanted to also mention all the small businesses that are appreciating the military personnel and honoring their service.
This list of military discounts helped us a lot in planning our wedding for example so I’ll be working on that list a lot (maybe even turn it into a separate post!).
Anyhow, everybody and anybody is welcome to join this list of military discounts, so please feel free to reach out and propose your business!
How To Get Military Discounts
First, we need to make sure you, the reader of this list, is eligible to get a military discount. So, the following people will be able to get a chance to obtain one:
- Active duty military personnel
- Current Guard / Reserve member
- Military retirees
- Military dependents (anyone with a DoD issued military or dependent ID)
Now, once you know you are eligible, you need to bring your military identification (proof of service or dependency) with you.
Some of the current ID cards that you can use to show proof of service:
- Military ID Card
- Military dependent ID Card
- VA Issued Identification Card
- Veterans Designation on Drivers License
- Other ID or Membership Card – examples include veterans groups such as the VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, etc.
However, please note that there is no standard as some stores only accept certain forms of ID or proof of service.
Military Discount Categories
In order to group this list of military discounts, I’ve decided to go with categories. Please note that this list will most likely never be finished, I will always make sure to keep on adding websites.
However, please don’t be mad if any of these discounts are no longer valid. On the contrary, please use the opportunity to send me a quick email so I can remove it and avoid future confusions.
Cars and Dealerships
- Amtrak – Military Personnel Save 10% and Get Ahead of the Ticket Line
- Military Discounts Add Up with Penske Truck Rental
Clothing and Retail
- 10% discount at Buckle.com off their entire merchandise purchase – regular and sale
- 20% off to all members of the military community with American Giants
- $30 off orders $150+ at Dooney & Bourke
- Active Military and Veterans can enjoy 15% off purchase at Nana Macs
Education and Tutoring
- Reduced tuition rates at Kindercare
- Online tutoring and homework help at no cost to active duty service members with Tutor.com
Moving and Storage
- Any service or item offered is available for military members active or retired at 20% off at Pawning Planners. Also, for military members who cannot afford event services, we work for free in certain situations.
- Busch Gardens grants Active Military Members one complimentary admission per year for military personnel
- Free Admission for Active Duty Military and Families at SeaWorld
- One complimentary admission per year to Sesame Place
- Active-duty U.S. military personnel receive free general admission at Shedd Aquarium
- Walt Disney World Resort is saluting U.S. military personnel by offering promotional theme park tickets.
- Motel 6 is proud to offer all active and retired military personnel and their families a 10% discount
- U.S. Service Members receive FREE admission to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort & Water Park
- Medieval Times offers armed forces and their families discounted tickets and a free royalty upgrade.
- Jet Blue offers special discounts and fares, airport assistance and other unique services for military veterans and active military members
- Cloud 9 Relaxation home offers 10% off their rental fees for military families.
- 10% off best available rate plus special extras including complimentary wine tasting, welcome gift, cheese & fruit plate, late checkout, free shuttle service, hot springs pool access at sister hotel with Brannan Cottage Inn.
- Woodloch’s Heroes Club offers exclusive savings and benefits to military personnel.
Family and Military Reunions
- If you are planning any military reunions in Chicago check out the military reunion discount at Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Medical and Supplements
- Free Club O Gold Membership at Overstock
- Pottery Barn offers all active and retired military personnel and their families a 15% discount
Food and Restaurants
- Certain Papa Murphy’s Locations offer discounts
- 20% Military Discount – Dine in or Take out with Chompie’s
- 10% discount on entire meals with Brigs’
- 15% off all day, every day with The Green Turtle
- Up to 50-percent discount on certain wedding packages through MOAA
- Castle Farms offer military wedding giveaways
- 10% off of DJUj DJ package on all Wedding Ceremonies/Receptions
- Allurez offers a 5% military discount on engagement rings, wedding bands, pendants, earrings, and all other fine jewelry
- BloomsByTheBox.com offers a 5% off discount on orders over $100 for its military customers. Contact Blooms to receive the current military discount code when you order!
- Vittorio Menswear & Tuxedo offers 10% off any purchase or rental (if you bring a coupon or promotion that exceeds 10%, they’ll honor the better of the two!)
- 5% military discount with Serendipity Diamonds for online purchases of wedding bands, engagement rings and other jewelry.
- Moffitt Oaks understands that Military Families plans change on the whim, so they have a flexible date scheduling and a 10% Military Discount for active and veteran Bride and Grooms.
- 20% off wedding planning from Events by Truly Yours – a nationwide wedding planner
- Save the Date Music offers 10% off the total price of their music services for weddings and/or receptions
- Eric Vest Photography give 10% discounts on all the wedding packages for military couples.
- Happy Maui Wedding on the island of Maui, in Hawaii, offers, “Intimate Ceremony Value Pure And Simple”, for eloping couples and couples with very small guest counts, featuring a 10% discount on all our Happy Maui Wedding Packages for those in Active Duty, with all 5 branches of the U.S. military
- $50.00 off the total package price with Double Platinum Celebrations DJs
- MiaDonna offers U.S. active duty military personnel, National Guard members, Reservists, veterans, retired personnel and spouses, and U.S. First Responders a 10% discount on all orders of conflict-free engagement rings, wedding bands or other jewelry.
Wonder Jewelers is an online custom jewelry store based out of downtown Los Angeles and they provide 20% off custom ring settings, 1% off diamonds and 15% off jewelry for active military, veterans and first responders with proof of military ID.
Get your wedding started right with Hotlimos in a party bus San Diego military discount of 5% on the weekend and 10% during the week.
- Dream Manor Inn offers a $100-$200 discount (depending on Wedding package chosen) for our beloved military.
- Genesis Diamonds would like to express our gratitude to the heroes in our military by offering a 10% discount on designer brands, 365 days a year
- Heath Barr Photography provides 10% off of all wedding packages for wedding photography (ranges between $120-$260 off), and for 2018 – all Military Weddings receive a complimentary Wedding album as well!
- LaDuke Wedding Photography offers 10% off of any photography package (weddings, families, engagements, etc.).
- Solomon Brothers Fine Jewelry is proud to extend a 10% military discount on the largest selection of engagement rings and wedding bands.
- Larson Jewelers offers 5% off of your order.
BONUS Military Discounts: Regardless of Category
Many companies mentioned above offer military discounts year-round, but asking for a military discount on a military-related holiday increases your chances.
These holidays are:
- Memorial Day,
- Fourth of July,
- Veterans Day
- Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach (as well as some permanent military discounts in that area)
- other national holidays.
In fact, many stores don’t offer military discounts, except on these holidays.
How to get on this list of military discounts?
Want to suggest your business that offers military discounts?
Feel free to reach out to me per email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your military discount page and one-sentence description!