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The biggest discounts offered by airlines in the US are those that apply to military personnel. Many airlines offer special incentives for these passengers, like discounted travel fares and complimentary baggage. Is JetBlue one of these airlines?

Key Takeaway
All US military personnel enrolled in the Veterans Advantage program get a 5% discount on travel fares and 2 free checked bags when flying with JetBlue. The airline also offers an additional 5% discount for military passengers and their families traveling for leisure. 

In this article, we’ll explore the finer details of these discounts. Stick around for a detailed summary of what you can expect from JetBlue’s military policy, from discounted travel fares to complimentary baggage allowances. 

Veterans Advantage

All members of the US Military Forces and their families or dependents can join the Veterans Advantage program. This includes the following personnel: 

  • U.S. Active Duty Military
  • Retired Military
  • Veterans
  • National Guard 
  • Reserve

Members of this program get a 5% discount on all ticket fares when flying with JetBlue. What’s more, Veterans Advantage members can also check 2 bags weighing up to 50 lbs (22.7 kg) for free. 

All you have to do is call ahead and verify your identity with your VetRewards Card Member ID. There are no blackout dates but you won’t be able to redeem the discount at the airport. 

JetBlue MIL fares

JetBlue offers a 5% discount on ticket fares for all members of the US military and their families traveling for leisure. These passengers are also given an allowance of 2 checked bags up to 50 lbs (22.7 kg) each for free. 

To get the discount and allowance, you need to show your DOD Common Access Card. 

Baggage allowance

Active-duty military personnel traveling on orders are given a baggage allowance of up to 5 free checked bags (this number is better than Spirit, another low-cost airline). These bags exceed the standard weight limit and they can weigh up to 99 lbs (44.9 kg) each. 

To claim this free baggage allowance, you need to show your official travel orders and a valid DoD Common Access Card. 

Overweight and oversize fees

Since the baggage allowance for military personnel traveling on orders exceeds the size limits, standard fees will apply for oversized and overweight bags. 

Carry-on bags

Passengers flying Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Extra, and Mint fares can bring one carry-on bag and a personal item that should fit in the overhead bin. The size limits on these items are as follows: 

  • Carry-on: 22″ L (55.88 cm) x 14″ W (35.56 cm) x 9″ H (22.86 cm) including the handles and wheels
  • Personal item: 17″ L (43.2 cm) x 13″ W (33 cm) x 8″ H (20.32 cm)

Checked bags

The size limit for checked bags is 62″ (157.48 cm) in overall dimensions (length + width + height), while the weight limit is 50 lbs (22.7 kg). Since the baggage allowance for military personnel traveling on orders exceeds these limits, oversized and overweight charges do not apply. 

However, for those members traveling for leisure who get an allowance of 2 x 50 lbs (22.lbs) bags, standard fees will apply. The applicable fees are as follows: 

  • 51 lbs (23.13 kg) – 99 lbs (44.91 kg): $150 per bag.
  • 63″ in (160 cm) – 80 in (203.3 cm, including wheels and handles): $150 per bag  

Now that you’re completely clued up when it comes to this airline’s military discount, it’s time to explore their other policies. Here’s a look at our article on JetBlue’s baggage policy. When you’re ready to move on, you can head on over to our article on JetBlue’s golf club policy for more information on this topic.

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