5 Amazing Military Travel Tips For A Faster, Smoother Airport Experience
Hello there! After a day of traveling, I thought I’d share a few of my best military travel tips with you. It’s so nice that airports and airlines do show appreciation for the military. Here are 4 ways you can take advantage:
1. Show Your Military ID
Whenever someone asks for ID, flash your military ID card. You never know what benefits you might get that you didn’t know about.
2. Wait To Pay For Bags
If checking in online, don’t pay for your bags in advance. Always go up to the counter at the bag drop and show your military ID. If you’re traveling with your active duty member, most airlines will waive the bag fee. We had 3 bags and had only bought two seats (traveling with a lap infant) and Alaska Airlines still waived the fee.
I still recommend this even without your active duty member. Usually you do have to pay, but I’ve had it waived before too without hubby on occasion.
3. Use The Faster Premium Lane
Try to go through the Premium lane when going through security. If they say no, you can just get in the regular line. We have only tried this at a few airports but it has almost always worked.
When I’m traveling without my hubby, it usually does NOT work. However there have been a couple times when they’ve let me through the shorter lane.
Also, many active duty members can go through the even faster “pre-screen” lane. But since we were with baby and stroller and paraphernalia, my sweet hubby opted to come with us through premium and help. (This also ensured that I would speak to him for the rest of the trip… lol 😉
4. Board Early
Most airlines now will allow you to board early if you’re with an active duty military member. This can save a lot of time and help you avoid the hustle and bustle. Of course you can board early with kids too, but if you happen to be without kids, you can still take advantage of the pre-board.
5. Utilize the USO
The USO is a fantastic organization that provides lounges at most airports for military members and their families. They typically have couches, a TV, rest rooms, and free snacks. The volunteers there are incredibly nice and appreciative of your family’s service, and many are veterans themselves. The lounges are great places to relax during a layover or if you’re at the airport early. Keep in mind that they are typically outside of security, so calculate the time needed to exit and re-enter through security if necessary. If you have time, they are well worth the stop.
Hope you found these military travel tips helpful. I wish you safe, stress free travels this Christmas and New Years!