Did you know that most airlines, cruise ship operators, hotels, resorts, and theme parks offer some sort of discount for military and first responders? Today we are highlighting some of the best travel discounts and most welcoming destinations for military members and first responders on the blog. Although last week was official Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, we here at TravelAble are honored to help members of the military, police officers, and firefighters get away from the stresses of their day-to-day lives and make memories with their families.
Being a former military family and supporting our forces overseas, we know that the members of the military and our first responders (police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel) are today’s real-life superheroes. They put their lives on the line, see things that most people cannot fathom, and then live with the memories and experiences for the rest of their lives. They are the first ones to brush off praise, with a humble, “I’m just doing my job,” regardless of how many lives they have saved.
Many times, they don’t get the thanks they deserve from society. When favorite destinations offer travel discounts for the military and first responders, this is the tourism industry’s small way of saying thank you to these brave men and women. First responder and military travel discounts also help cash-strapped families to go on trips that provide rest and relaxation, as well as the ability to reconnect as a family.
So now, without further ado, our rundown of the best travel discounts for military and first responders!
Military Discounts for Flights
Airline discounts vary from airline to airline, and some are only applicable when a member of the military and their dependents are traveling on official orders. Many airlines offer perks like free checked baggage or discounts off of their standard rates. United Airlines offers access to their United Club Lounge to military members either in uniform, or with present leave orders or with R&R papers. This is a great perk, since the United Club includes free drinks, snacks, WiFi, and a quiet place to relax.
Police and Firefighter Cruise Discounts
Several cruise lines offer discounts to police officers and firefighters, including Royal Caribbean, Holland America Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, and Costa Cruises. Discounts are typically only available for certain ships and specific sailing dates. Occasionally we can find first responder cruises, which offer discounted pricing, special perks, and the bonus of spending time with fellow first responders and their families.
Military Cruise Discounts
Disney Cruise Lines offers discounts to active and retired members of the United States military, but they are limited to approximately ten sailings a year. Additionally, Disney Cruise Line only offers 50 staterooms per cruise to be booked with the military travel discount.
Other cruise lines that offer military cruise discounts to members of the United States military include Carnival Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America, and Celebrity Cruises. Discounts are often limited depending upon when you are sailing and which ship you are on.
Hotels and Resorts
Travel discounts for firefighters, police officers, and military service members on hotel rooms and resort stays are much more common than airfare and cruise discounts. In fact, most hotels and resorts offer discounted rates for first responders and members of the military. Here are some of our favorite and most generous discounts:
Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is a chain of resorts that offers family friendly accommodations and indoor water parks. Located around the United States, you can plan a trip specifically to visit the indoor water parks or we can help you find other activities and excursions in that area to make a memorable vacation. Great Wolf Lodge offers a 30% discounted room rate to all firefighters, emergency medical service personnel, police officers, and both active and retired members of the military through their Howlin’ Heroes program.
If a Vegas trip for the adults is on your must-do list, Caesar’s Entertainment offers a 10% discount on their room rates for first responders and members of the military. The best part is that this 10% discount can be added on to other discounts. We love this feature because most discounts at other destinations cannot be added on to special packages and sales. Caesar’s Entertainment also owns and operates resorts in Southern California, Lake Tahoe, New Orleans, Los Cabos, and Dubai.
Hawk’s Cay Resort
Located on Duck Key (near Marathon Key) in the Florida Keys, Hawk’s Cay Resort offers the Heroes Salute discount on hotel rooms for military personnel and first responders. Rooms are available for reduced rates, and you can also save on activities and experiences, and participate in special weekly events.
B Resort and Spa
This resort, located at Disney Springs in Orlando, Florida, offers reduced hotel room rates for first responders and members of the military, and you can enjoy all of the benefits of staying on Disney World property, like Extra Magic Hours and Disney transportation.
Shades of Green Resort
Shades of Green is a unique resort on Disney property that is reserved just for military service members. Military discounts are based on rank, and you can also take advantage of special savings on dining packages for restaurants at the Shades of Green resort.
Seward Alaska Resort
Seward Alaska Resort is another resort that is open only to active and retired members of the United States military. This is an amazing place to experience Alaska and enjoy sled dog tours, kayaking, deep sea fishing, hiking and more.
Let Us Help Your Find the Best Price
We have found that military and first responder travel discounts often provide less of a discount than some of the other savings and travel discounts that are available. One of the benefits of working with TravelAble is that we will compare eligible discounts with other coupons and savings options and make sure that we are creating the best vacation that sticks within your budget. And we specialize in families like yours.
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