Military personnel deserve all of the rewards that come their way since they put their lives on the line to fight for their country. Delta Airlines acknowledges this by offering many travel benefits and discounts that’ll make life easier for traveling active-duty military personnel and veterans. Plus, these benefits also apply to their dependents and family members.
Delta Airlines gives all active-duty US military personnel an allowance of five free 100 lbs checked bags when traveling on orders. They also offer special travel fares in addition to early boarding, adjusted policies for traveling with pets, and discounts on vacation packages by Delta Vacations.
In this comprehensive article, you’ll find out everything there is to know about the military benefits offered by Delta Airlines. From special travel fares to military personnel traveling with pets, it’s all right here. Plus, read more about the great discounts offered by Delta Vacations.
Discounted travel fares
The first type of reward that Delta Airlines has for military personnel is a special travel fare. This special fare is only applicable to active members of any of the following military forces:
- US Army
- US Marine Corps
- US Navy
- US Air Force
- US Space Force
- US Coast Guard
The airline doesn’t disclose the exact amount or percentage on their website but it’s easy to contact Delta Reservations when making your booking to claim the discount.
In addition to the reduced travel fares, Delta Airlines serves US military personnel by offering exclusive deals on baggage fees and allowances. Here are the benefits that all active members of the military can look forward to:
Traveling on orders
Active duty US military personnel traveling on orders get a baggage allowance of up to 5 checked bags for free, regardless of the cabin. The size limit on these bags is 80 linear inches (203 cm) and the weight limit is 100 lbs (46 kg).
Active duty US military personnel traveling for personal reasons or leisure are also entitled to a great baggage allowance. These passengers can bring up to 2 checked bags for free if they are traveling in Basic Economy, Main Cabin, and Delta Comfort+. The weight limit on these bags is 50 lbs (23 kg) each.
Those traveling in First Class, Premium Select, and Delta One get an allowance of 3 checked bags that can weigh up to 70 lbs (32 kg) each. All bags should meet the size limit of 62 linear inches (157.5 cm), regardless of the cabin.
Oversized, overweight, and excess baggage
Unfortunately, Delta Airlines doesn’t make any exceptions when it comes to oversized and overweight baggage.
However, it’s important to note that the baggage allowed for military personnel traveling on orders is more than the airline’s standard size limit and checked bag allowance. This means that these special passengers can bring bigger and heavier bags without being subjected to extra fees. Oversized and overweight fees will apply to those traveling for personal reasons and leisure.
Additional fees that apply
Excess baggage within the US starts at $200 extra per bag, up to a maximum of 10 checked bags, while the fee for oversized baggage (max of 100 lbs and 80 linear inches) starts at $100.
The fee for additional bags when traveling internationally starts at $150, depending on the location. Oversized and overweight charges start at $100 per bag, depending on the location.
Traveling with pets
To make life easier for active-duty members of the US military and active U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officers (FSO) who need to travel or relocate on order, Delta has implemented special US military policies on pet travel.
This policy allows these passengers to bring animals as checked baggage. It’s important to note that fees will apply each time the animal is checked in, including at stopover airports, and they don’t count toward the free baggage allowance.
The following fees will apply when checking animals on flights to and from these destinations:
- US, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico: $200
- International Canada or Caribbean: $200
- Brazil: $150
The following animals are accepted as checked baggage and up to two crates are allowed per flight:
- Cats (except snub-nosed cats)
- Dogs (except pug or snub-nosed dogs)
- Household birds (domestic US only)
- Guinea pigs (domestic US only)
- Rabbits (domestic US only)
- Hamsters (domestic US only)
Other animals, like reptiles and primates, are accepted but they need to be shipped as cargo.
Pet travel exceptions
Unfortunately, there are some restrictions when it comes to traveling with pets. The first rule is that pets aren’t permitted to fly in extreme weather conditions, or without a valid health certificate. This includes temperatures above 80°F (25.6°C) and below 20°F (-6.5°C). You also won’t be able to bring pets as checked baggage if the flight includes more than one connection or lasts longer than 12 hours.
In addition to these rules, there are some locations that don’t allow pets, including the following:
- Hong Kong
- Liberia, Costa Rica
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- United Kingdom
- United Arab Emirates
Lastly, some Delta Airlines aircrafts don’t allow pets, including the following:
- Delta-operated 767 aircraft (not accepted as checked baggage or cargo)
- Delta-operated A330-200 aircraft (not accepted as checked baggage)
- Delta-operated B757 aircraft (not accepted on flights to and from Europe)
Only approved shipping crates that meet the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines are allowed. The animal should be able to sit, stand, turn around, and lie down in the crate without touching the top with their head. If you can’t find one of these crates, they are available for sale at most Delta Cargo locations.
The crate that you use to bring your pet in should also meet the following requirements:
- Must be constructed of rigid materials (no mesh wire or cardboard)
- Must have no wheels
- Must have 3 ventilation openings in addition to the door
- Must have functional handles to prevent contact when handling and tilting
- Must close securely
- Must display a live animal sign
- Must display arrow labels indicating the top
- Must contain bedding and paper towel
- Must contain 2 dishes for food and water within easy access for Delta agents
- Must display clear feeding instructions
Discounts on vacation packages
Delta Vacations chips into the gratitude that Delta Airlines shows to military personnel by offering discount on their vacations. The discount applies to more than 300 destinations worldwide and both active-duty U.S. military personnel and their travel companions can claim the offer. Military personnel must be on active duty and the hotel stay must be for 2 nights or more.
You can expect the following discount on packages by Delta Vacations:
- $300 discount on vacations of $6,000 or more
- $200 discount on vacations of $4,500-$5,999
- $100 discount on vacations of $2,500-$4,499
- $50 discount on vacations of $1,250-$2,499
Discounted military medical emergency flights
Immediate family members get a discount on their Delta Airlines travel fares if their US military family member was injured in the field. All you need to provide to get this discount is the following:
- Your name
- Your relationship with the military member
- The name and phone number of the hospital or treatment facility caring for the military member
In cases like this, Delta will consider any of the following immediate family members:
- Spouses and domestic partners
- Children and son/daughter-in-laws
- Parents, stepparents, and mother/father-in-laws
- Siblings, stepsiblings, and brother/sister-in-laws
- Aunts and uncles
- Nieces and nephews
Now that you’ve read up on the military benefits, it’s time to read up on the other policies by Delta Airlines. Have a look at our article on Delta Airlines’ baggage policy to find out what allowances civilians get, with extra info on overweight fees and restricted items. Or you could check out our article on their sports equipment policy, to find out if your surfboard or favorite fishing rod is allowed.