(Closed) Military SOs Share your Travel Deal Wisdom!

posted 6 years ago in Military
Post # 3
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My husband is close to yours, so we’re spending a TON on airfare lately. If you have lots of time and flexibility, look into Space A travel. I generally don’t, so that has never been an option for me.

Airlines are cutting their discounts heavily, and most military discounted flights are more expensive than their online deals. I generally use kayak, google flights and bing to find the best deals, then call the airline just to see if they’ll give a discount (worked only once).

Post # 4
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t use military discounts, because you usually don’t earn mileage on military/government fares and many times you have to be on official orders anyway if you’re a dependent.  Also, on most airlines, you come last in terms of standby and canceled flights as well.

My best advice, and probably too late at this point, is to pick an airline, stay loyal, and earn miles.  I visited my husband twice in Japan on award tickets – in business class, no less.  Granted, I travel for business more than most people, but the miles I racked up in personal travel would have paid for a round trip ticket in coach.

Other than, Travelocity and Orbitz and the like are pretty good.  Just be cautious when mixing airlines, especially on international flights.  It can cause problems with baggage  connections/fees and again, standby and irregular ops.

Post # 5
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You can go to your local ITT/MWR office and they can get you tickets at a military discount.  Also, Space A is amazing.  If traveling alone, you have to have a letter from your husband’s command saying you can, but it isn’t hard to get.  

Good luck on your travel adventures. 🙂

Post # 6
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We’re in England and fky home to see our families in the states. The cheapest I have found from here is Kayak.com. They find the fares and then you book straight through the airlines so you get miles. Also, Kadena has the Patriot Express which is a Space-A flight. If you are a military dependent, you can Space-A and that’s really going to be the best way in terms of your pocketbook.

Post # 7
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well I can’t answer about the military part, but since I am traveling to Japan in September I thought I’d give my 2 cents 🙂 

I got our tickets super early(Around January I think, so about 9 months early) and from LAX to Narita was right at $500 after fees and taxes with Malaysia Airlines. I haven’t seen it that low since, it’s normally about $800+ round trip. I believe that the prices from Chicago are about the same (Cathay Pacific just started servicing from Chicago to Hong Kong so there may be some deals with them as well)


Anyway my advice is to plan way ahead and also to not try to fly from the US to Okinawa, but to a larger airport and then try to get a budget airline flight to Okinawa. I believe Kayak has most of the asian budget carriers to make it easy to search. When I was looking to get to Okinawa Air Asia had one way tickets from Tokyo to Okinawa for around $70 USD including taxes! Anyway a lot of times it’s cheaper to get to the area and then use the budget airlines to get to your destination

Post # 8
1833 posts
Buzzing bee

I highly reccoment space A if you can get it. Especially if you are in a non-busy time of the year. you have to be willing to wait around for a while, but we recently got from Anchorage to south carolina, to hawaii and back all for free… we had to spend a few more days in the carolinas that we were planning, but it was worth it

Post # 9
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hey there, I’m currently here in Okinawa with my husband! We travelled home and back this past Feb./ March. Just a warning…. Space A from here is HARD. We did space A stateside… well part of the way. We waited DAYS at the terminal trying to get home and eventually got to Alaska and bought a commecial ticket the rest of the way to FL, and then back to Okinawa. It ate up so much of his leave just waiting. And that was with him and EML paperwork so we were a CAT II and it took us like 5 days to catch a flight ANYWHERE at all. Also, I could find way better deals online for tickets than ITT ever offered. You may have more time so maybe it would be OK for you, but without your Hubby you will be a CAT 4 I think, so it will be even harder. And if it is any time soon then pretty much forget it since it’s PSC season. Not trying to be negative, just warning you about Space A and Kadena and my advice is not to waste you could be seeing your Hubby and just watch online deals. I think we went through Orbitz and Travelocity when we bought ours. We didnt get military discounts but we did get to bring our luggage (overweight and all!) for free all throughout our journey… so that was nice 🙂 Good luck and enjoy Okinawa!

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