Posted by William Charles on November 15, 2019
Airline Rewards

Published on November 15th, 2019 | by William Charles

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American Airlines 10% Military Discount Via Veteran’s Advantage

The Offer

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  • Get a 10% discount on American Airlines via Veteran’s Advantage (applies to the base price, not including taxes and fees)

The Fine Print

  • You qualify if you are active duty, a retiree, veteran, current or former guard & reserve, or an immediate family member (must pay for Veteran’s advantage)
  • In order to redeem this American Airlines discount, reservations must be made by utilizing the American Airlines booking engine hosted by American Airlines for Business to which Veterans Advantage and its members enrolled in VetRewards have been provided access. By clicking on the link to the booking engine prior to making a reservation, you understand and agree that Veterans Advantage will share your name, email address, and VetRewards Member ID with American Airlines and its affiliates and third-party vendors for the purpose of creating a profile within the booking engine and accessing the discounted fares in order to create a reservation. All information provided within the booking engine and processing of that information therein are subject to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy outlined on the booking engine, which is powered by American Airlines’ vendor, ITS.
  • All fare discounts must be applied at the time of ticketing and may only be applied to eligible fare code types. You will not receive any payment or reimbursement for discounts not applied at the time of ticketing. American’s standard fares, rules, and restrictions apply.
  • The fare discounts for VetRewards subscribers cannot be combined with any other American Airlines discount, incentive or promotional program.
  • American Airlines fare discounts are available to the primary VetRewards account holder who is active duty, retiree, veteran, guard or reservists, and household dependents who are their spouse, parent or child 16 or older.
  • To be eligible for discounts, flights must be booked on American Airlines or qualifying American Airlines marketed and operated flights, originating in the U.S.
  • At this time, a child who is a household member on the primary VetRewards account must 16 years and older to qualify. VetRewards subscribers may not use the discount booking engine to purchase travel for the family members under the age of 16 (coming soon!). You must book underage children on AA.com and can link your family travel itinerary after individual ticketing.

Our Verdict

From what I can tell this is new, previously active duty members traveling on orders could receive free baggage and it might have been possible to get a discount of up to 5% by contacting American Airlines directly. The downside is that Veteran’s Advantage is not free and costs ~$5 a month. In addition each member of your family needs an account (50% off for them) to take advantage of this discount as well. To me it’s not entirely clear if American Airlines is 100% funding this discount or not, if they are I’d recommend they switch to a different identity verification partner (e.g ID.me) that doesn’t have a monthly fee for Veterans/Active duty.

Hat tip to reader Jared G



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Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🕵️

Not surprised nobody commented on this today. I looked at joining this before when 7-Eleven linked to it in their app. I think it’s a “hard no” to pay for a monthly subscription just to get the occasional discount unless you can justify it often. Guessing I am not the only one that feels that way. Willing to bet a lot of the discounts they offer can be achieved without a subscription just by asking.

Aloha808
Aloha808

Agree 100%. I’ve never used veterans advantage, only ID.me

Froide
Froide

Me three. I’ve never used Veterans Advantage either, only ID.me and SheerID.

Matt P
Matt P

I guess you could sign up when ready to buy if the 10% nets more than the momthly fee then cancel immediately.

Glenn Goddard
Glenn Goddard

I think the poster and commenters are misconstruing this as a veterans or military discount. The discount is for being a member of Veterans Advantage which requires you be a veteran. Just like you don’t get the AARP discount just for being old, you need to be part of the organization. Note that Vet Adv membership also gets you 5% off every Alaska, United and JetBlue flight (not for taxes and fees though).I’ve saved hundreds every year.

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