Your Passport to Summer Fun: Your Military ID

Summer is here and that means many families are gearing up for a vacation or weekend trip.  Below are a few tips to make your vacation budget stretch even farther by using your military ID.

Military lodges, temporary housing or recreation centers:

Rather than spend your budget on $100/night hotel room, check nearby military installations to find out if they have rooms available.  Most of the rooms have convenient kitchen and recreation facilities.

Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC) are affordable joint service hotels/resorts in Hawaii, Florida, Germany and Korea.  They’re managed by the U.S. Army to provide vacation opportunities to service members and their families.   For information, visit www.armymwr.com/portal/travel/recreationcenters.

Each service branch maintains local recreation areas for military personnel.  You can find information on your installation website or ITT office.

ITT (Information, Tickets and Tours) office

Before you pay full price for tickets to local zoos, museums, concerts, movies or amusement parks, pay a visit to the ITT office on your installation.  They are usually located near the exchange or recreation center.  You’ll find discounts on admission tickets to local attractions and events.   You’ll also be able to check the calendar for military appreciation days or special days for deep discounts that are only offered to military.

Space-A travel

Space-A stands for “Space Available,” and it’s a very inexpensive way to travel for certain military personnel and family,  The catch is that you have to be flexible on your travel dates, which is challenging for many, and you have to be comfortable on military aircraft.  For information on Space-A travel, visit www.military.com or get a copy of Military Living’s Military Space-A Air Travel Guide.

Armed Forces Vacation Club

This group arranges low military-only rates worldwide.  They have negotiated these rates at more than 3,500 hotels, resorts and campgrounds; five cruise lines; air fare and rental cars. Visit its website at www.afvclub.com.

Have you ever traveled Space-A?  Where’s your favorite AFRC?  Tell us about it below:

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