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An online shopping center open to some State Department embassy employees as well as members of the military. Auto parts: The Kragen Auto Parts chain will knock 5 percent to 10 percent off your purchase if you have a military ID, one reader says.
AutoZone offers military discounts as well, according to another reader, and Advance Auto Parts gives active and retired military members 10 percent off. Auto service: American Auto Assurance offers government employees and active and retired military members discounts on fully insured vehicle protection plans. Click here for a quote. Call with discount code "AAA1Gov" to obtain the deal, but note you must sign up for a plan on your first call to qualify. A clearinghouse of military discounts.
Bass Pro Shops: Offers military and civilian discounts, a reader tells us. A directory of more than stores and services offering military discounts. And active and reserve military members can get discounts on new Infiniti or Nissan vehicles, according to another. The "purchase price will be with a fixed discount at or below dealer invoice," the reader said, and the deal requires proof of active service. Child care: To claim the discount, visit the company's website and use the coupon code "Fedsave" at checkout.
Service providers have gone through background and criminal checks, and the site is an "ideal way for military families to find reliable childcare in a new area," the reader says. Choice Promotional Products: Offers 10 percent off, with the coupon code "GOVT Clothing, shoes and accessories: Nautica and New York and Co.
Aeropostale also offers 10 percent off, according to one tipster, as does Lucky Brand. Footlocker and its affiliates offer a 20 percent discount to active, reserve and retired military personnel who present their identification card, a reader says. Payless Shoes gives military families 10 percent off, another reader tells us.
American Eagle stores offer military families a 20 percent discount, according to one tipster. Eye care. Group Health Eye Care offers federal employees, military members and retirees a 20 percent discount on prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses, and a one-time 20 percent discount on contact lenses.
Membership is not required. A free, monthly newsletter highlighting savings and special offers on entertainment, dining, shopping and travel. One reader noted that Applebee's gives discounts of 15 percent, and one said T.
Friday's offers a 10 percent discount. The Hard Rock Cafe offers military members discounts of 10 percent or more. Gift baskets and flowers: Enter the catalog code "Military" at checkout. Silk Plants Direct gives federal employees and military members 10 percent off online purchases, if you mention your employer at checkout.
Government Employees Marketplace: A free service that offers members exclusive discounts on everything from pet health insurance to rental cars, and aggregates information on thousands of other deals. Civilians and military members qualify for a discount at Washington Sports Clubs.
Readers tell us Lowes and The Home Depot give military members and retirees 10 percent off at most locations, but the discount isn't always advertised so be sure to ask about it if no information is readily available. Also, be sure to carry your military ID.
Menards gives shoppers with a military ID or VA identification card 10 percent off, according to one tipster, but the policy seems to vary from store to store because another reader said a branch in Wisconsin denied him a military discount. Long Fence and Home offers deals to federal employees and military members -- employees should contact the company to get an estimate of how much the discount would be.
Mohawk flooring is offering a 10 percent discount through Home security: Employees should click here or contact the company at 1. JMAC Supply , a national distributor of life safety and security systems, will give feds a 10 percent discount. Federal employees receive 3 percent to 10 percent off on automobile insurance at Geico , depending on the state.
Readers tell us they've found insurance deals at Liberty Mutual as well. And Capitol Benefits of Gaithersburg, Md. Military and Veterans Discount Center: A comprehensive directory of discounts in categories ranging from apparel to sports and recreation, searchable by ZIP code.
Transit Systems Inc. Use the discount code "GOV" to obtain the deal. ShipHawk offers military members a 10 percent discount on all shipping and moving services except for flatbed or full truckload shipments. To obtain the discount, visit ShipHawk.
National Active and Retired Federal Employees: Arranges discounts on travel, financial services, insurance, moving and emergency services. Superior Nut Co. This Cambridge, Mass. The coupon code is "military," and according to our tipster, there is no minimum order or expiration date.
Veterans Advantage Program: A card that offers discounts on travel, entertainment, home and office supplies, insurance, financial services and more. Joint service facilities aimed at providing affordable vacation options for military members and their families. Armed Forces Vacation Club: Offers military members, Defense Department civilians and some contractors deals at condominium timeshare resorts as space is available.
Better World Club: This environmentally-conscious roadside assistance provider is offering federal employees a 10 percent discount on new auto club memberships. Federal Discount Lodging Directory: A searchable directory of domestic and foreign hotels with discounts for federal employees. While this website is aimed at official government travel, many of the hotels also extend discounts to federal employees on vacation. Condominium rentals, cruises, car rentals, hotel reservations, golf discounts, vacation packages and more for feds, military members and retirees.
Government Employees Travel Opportunities: This program, sponsored by Resort Condominiums International, offers discount rentals at condominium timeshare resorts and vacation villas worldwide. The catch is that the discounts often are available only in the off-season or on short notice. Government Vacation Rewards: Offers access to government and military rates on cruises, tours, vacation packages, resorts, hotels, air travel and cars, through International Cruise and Excursions. Holiday Inn Express: One reader notes he has received big discounts by showing government identification at Holiday Inn Express hotels.
La Quinta Inns and Suites: Offers substantial lodging discounts to federal employees, military members and retirees, one reader says. Mount Vernon Estate: One reader says she has received discounted admission on two occassions, after showing her federal employee badge.
She also received a discount on her gift shop purchase. National Parks: Active-duty military service members and their families can visit national parks and wildlife refuges for free, under a new program. Other discounts are available to veterans. Rental cars: A number of rental car companies offer government employees deals for non-official travel, including Alamo , Avis , Budget , Dollar , Hertz and Thrifty. Offers discounted vacation packages and leisure travel services for government workers and military members.
The company specializes in tours and cruises but also provides air, car, rail, and hotel accommodations and tickets to local attractions, according to a marketing manager. Feds based in Europe can click here. Shades of Green: A resort for active and retired armed services members on Walt Disney World in central Florida.
Federal employees get a 10 percent discount on food services in Smithsonian museums when they show their ID, a tipster says. Starwood Hotels: A reader tells us he received a big discount on rates in the San Francisco area when he asked if the hotel offered deals for government workers. Veterans Holidays: Travel deals for vets. Communications and Technology Apple:
And for those who have kids, Spring and Summer breaks are quickly approaching. Many government workers, however, are not aware of the multitude of great travel discounts that they can take advantage of, so here is a rundown of some of the best options to save on your next trip. Hotels Most of the large hotel chains offer great discounts for government employees and they are very easy to find. Usually, the government has a fixed rate negotiated with the hotel based on the per diem rate in a particular city.
In many cases, the government rate is a lot lower than the regular or AAA rates offered by that hotel, however, not all hotels offer government discounts on all dates. If your travel plans are flexible, check out different dates to find ones where a government discount is available. In very few occasions and on last minute bookings, the government rate may be slightly higher than the regular rate, so do your comparison shopping before you book.
Cruises CruiseDealsforFeds. The owners of the site scour the internet and work directly with the cruise lines to find the best cruise deals for government employees. They send out a weekly newsletter in which they feature the best cruise deals of the week.
Government employees can save hundreds of dollars and also take advantage of limited-time offers like onboard credit, extra perks and group rates. In addition, on their website you can find the latest news about new ships and cruising advice. Travel Tip One of the best values for cruising are the so called Repositioning Cruises.
Departing every spring and fall, they are designed to move the ship between two continents. You can book directly from their website by selecting the government employee discount. Travel Tip Because car rental rates can vary significantly from company to company, based on the size of the car, length of rental and and location, it is best to shop around to find the best rate.
Unfortunately, websites that offer side-by-side comparison rates for car rentals, do not reflect the government discount but those can be a good starting point for your search. Walt Disney World While Disney does not offer any discounts on tickets, hotels or activities for government employees, you might still be able to get a government discount for your hotel stay. It is a little known fact that Starwood Hotels manage and operate two of the most famous Disney World hotels — the Swan and the Dolphin.
Since Starwood offers government discounts on select dates, if you are lucky, you may be able to stay at one of these two hotels at a fraction of the price. Keep in mind that you have to book through the Starwood website to get the lower rate and that government rates may only be available during off-season, less popular times of the year.
Las Vegas If you are planning a trip to Vegas, you may be surprised that some of the best hotels, right on the Vegas Strip, do offer discounts for government employees. Cosmopolitan Hotel, one of the newest and most prestigious hotels in town, is part of Marriott Hotels and, if you are lucky, on select days you can get a government employee rate when you book through the Marriott website.
Vacation Packages Sato Travel is a large travel agency, division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, which is focused solely on servicing government and military personnel on official or leisure travel. In many cases, you can find good discounts on package vacations, all-inclusives and hotels. However, it is wise to shop around before you book, because not all of their rates have a government discount and in many cases it is hard to determine which trip price reflects a special government rate.
Combine that with great weather, perfect beaches and a lot of history and cultural activities, Mexico is a perfect vacation spot for federal employees. Cruising With a number of new ships coming in , and offering a myriad of activities like car racing, surfing, laser tag, rock climbing and water parks onboard, cruises offer amazing value for anyone from single travelers to extended families. And for those federal workers who have accrued a lot of unused vacation days, there is a lot of value in choosing a longer cruise days to explore Europe, South America or Asia.
The best thing is that you only unpack once but you can see as many as a dozen different destinations in one trip. United Kingdom Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England As a result of Brexit, the British pound to dollar exchange rate has become much better than in years past.
Since the UK has long been a pricey destination to visit, now is the time to plan your trip. And with many US chain hotels offering government employee discounts in their properties in major UK cities, feds can be sure that their British vacation will not break the bank.
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