4 reasons why military should not book on Expedia and other online sites.

Over the past 15 years, I have exclusively provided travel support to the military community. And over these years have saved, on average, $125 per ticket based on military travel benefits not offered by the big online travel sites. This article will explain those benefits and how active-duty, dependents, traveling companions, and family members attending graduation can benefit. Benefits also extend to free installment plans for cruises and vacation packages.

Online travel sites don’t offer military benefits.

Online sites such as Expedia, Priceline, Cheap-O-Air, and others:

  • don’t offer access to military class fares (discounts) 
  • don’t provide military waivers for $250 rebooking or change fee if leave dates are changed.
  • don’t offer refunds for canceled leave orders
  • don’t classify the traveler as a military member or MIL

Before you book check with one of our military travel agents at 202-915-9195 or support@travelagent360.us. Or share your email for more military travel updates.

The fact you are active-duty military qualifies you for travel benefits not offered by the large online travel sites. And why is this? Simple, the military market is tiny compared to the millions of non-military travelers. And for this reason, online travel technology doesn’t take into account the military benefits. But we do. 

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What is a Military Class Fare or MIL ticket? 

The majority of airlines offer military fares, often saving 15%-75% off of regular adult fares. However, these fares are not made public and go unsold. Military savings vary based on the dates of travel and itinerary. And if there is not a military fare available for a flight, it is still better to book as a military passenger to ensure the other benefits.

Military Passengers don’t pay rebooking or change fees.

One of the best perks of booking as a military passenger through an accredited military agency is avoiding paying a $250 change fee. Change fees, or rebooking fees, are incurred when the traveler needs to change their dates of travel based on their orders. In the case of online sites, they won’t offer to contact the airline to have this fee waived, thus passing the cost on to the military passenger. 

For example, the other day, a military member was literally on there way to the airport and noticed they had booked the wrong return date. They sent me a text [yes, I take text from my clients], and by the time he arrived at the airport, the ticket was changed with no additional fees. 

Free Checked bags and first to board.

Although free checked bags and boarding the plane first is a given with most airlines, I recommend always having your ticket issued as MIL, especially when traveling internationally.

Who is eligible for military fares, and where do you book?

Active-duty, dependents, and traveling companions are all eligible for military fare (class) tickets. But, must be ticketed together on the same record. Secondly, military families attending a military event, such as boot camp graduation, are not eligible for a military fare but do qualify for the waived change fees and refunds. 

Example. Family members traveling to recruit graduation are encouraged to book their airline tickets late in training just in case the recruit is delayed medically. Unfortunately, this can result in higher fares and lack of availability. If booked correctly, however, family members can book early (and save) and modify their tickets later without penalty.

And I can’t end without tooting the horn of my excellent military travel agents. Our company is proud to employ active-duty spouses, veterans, and military family members as travel agents. Why? First, their work ethic and dedication is unmatched. Second, we have over 25 years of military experience, yes the ‘been there, done that,’ philosophy goes a long way when working with the military community. 

I want to commit to earning your business by offering you the best-in-class customer support, lowest available fares, and guarantee to be booked as a military passenger. 

Search fares and book:

Active Duty Airline Tickets: https://www.MilitaryTravelAgent.com
Recruit Graduation Events: https://www.MilitaryGraduations.com

Contact us directly and let us prove our commitment to your travel. 

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