6 travel deals for U.S. veterans, military personnel and their families
On Veterans Day, we honor those who served in the military, giving up time away from family and loved ones to ensure our American way of life. This year the travel industry is doing its part to thank these brave men and women by offering travel deals and discounts, some of which can be booked now and used all year round, others for a certain period only. . From discounts on ski passes and hotel stays to free entry to U.S. National Parks, here’s a look at how the travel industry gives back to veterans, military personnel, and their families.
Free entry to United States National Parks
As of November 11, 2020, veterans and active-duty members of the United States Army can purchase a annual interagency military pass by presenting a Department of Defense ID, Veteran Medical ID, Veteran ID or Driver’s License or ID card with a veteran designation fighting at any entrance to a national park. The pass is also available for Gold Star families, who must first download and print a voucher. The annual Interagency Military Pass covers the holder and anyone in their car at that time (or up to three additional people in national parks who charge per person) and provides free access for one year to over 2,000 federal recreation areas, national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.
Vail Resorts Epic Military Pass
Members of the armed forces of the United States, Canada or Australia can save 20% on visits to North American resorts from Vail Resorts by purchasing a Epic military pass now through November 21, 2021. Prices start at $ 157 for active and retired military personnel and their dependents, and $ 467 for Veterans and their families, offering vacation access and six tickets to reduced price throughout the winter season 2021-2022.
Memphis Central Station, Tennessee
As part of his Veterans Day Flash Sale, military (current and former), first responders, fire and police, and their families can save up to 30% on rooms at Central Station Memphis, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. Rates start at $ 136 per night and rooms can be reserved online now through November 14, 2021, for stays through February 28, 2022.
The Kimpton Banneker Hotel in Washington, DC
Those planning to spend time pondering the landmarks along the National Mall this Veterans Day weekend can earn a third night free with The Kimpton Banneker Hotel’s Third Night’s a Charm Package. Rates start at $ 159 a night and you’ll have the chance to experience the property’s brand new rooftop bar, Lady Bird, where you can sip creative cocktails while taking in views of Washington, DC Its stylish restaurant French bistro on-site Le Sel, is also worth a visit at some point during your stay.
Not only will current and former members of the service be able to save up to 12% on their stays at Choice hotels across the country, but they will also receive Lifetime Gold Elite status, which includes an elite welcome gift to the check-in and an additional 10% in bonus points per stay as part of the Choice Privileges loyalty program – just complete the military registration form. Plus, those who book an eligible stay can earn an additional 2,500 Choice Privileges points to use towards free nights on future trips.
Motel 6 and Studio 6
All active and retired military personnel can save up to 10 percent on stays over 1,400 Motel 6 and Studio 6 properties in the United States and Canada by choosing the “Military” rate from the drop-down menu when booking online and presenting a valid military ID upon check-in. Best of all, this offer is available all year round.