Southwest Airlines has a Military Discount. I had read about this discount for a while now but never actually tried to use it until this weekend. THE DISCOUNT IS AWESOME!!!! (It saved me 40%)
Here is my experience:
ME: Hi I'm looking for a flight from Denver to Portland for me and my spouse. Do you have a military discount?
SWA: Yes we do. It is only available for active duty however.
ME: Great, can my wife use the discount also?
SWA: Yes, dependents get the discount also for active duty military. They need a valid dependent ID card however.
ME: Awesome. Can you tell me how much the discount is?
SWA: The Military Discount Price for the day you want is $92 ($113 with all taxes and fees).
ME: Fantastic that is over $80 cheaper than buying it on southwest.com. Thank you, I'll go ahead and buy them now.
|Soutwest.com price - $182 before taxes vs. $92 (Military Fare)|
How do you get the discount
- It's simple. Just call 1-800-I-FLY-SWA and ask about their military discount.
- Can I use rapid reward points to pay for the tickets?
- No, you have to buy them with a credit card
- Yes, all they need is their dependent ID card
Sadly I couldn't really find any other real life experiences about this discount from other sites. Maybe its because we are really the only military discount blog that is written by military members. I did read on one post that someone mentioned that the military fares are not always cheaper. Therefore make sure to verify beforehand what the online price is before calling. Obviously in my case the Military Fare was SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper ($113 vs $200)