SPACE-A TRAVEL LETS MILITARY MEMBERS FLY FOR FREE
By Buddy Blouin
Every job has its perks. If you work retail, you're likely able to enjoy a store discount. Tech companies have become infamous for their wide-ranging onsite cafeterias and events. Even the most prestigious of establishments are going to have a group of bartenders scoring a drink here or there. For members of the U.S. military, one of the coolest perks comes in the form of Space-A travel. If you can find room and need to travel, you can catch a free ride aboard a military aircraft… terms and conditions will apply.
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What Is Space-A Travel?Space-A is a perk of the American Armed Forces, Veterans, family members, and other qualifying individuals in which flights can be taken on aircraft controlled or owned by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). These flights can happen domestically or internationally, but if there's room and it doesn’t interfere with the aircraft’s mission, among other regulations, eligible passengers have a chance to fly on the aircraft for free. It should be noted, however, that for AMC's Patriot Express flights, there's usually a charge, which is a tax for the privilege.
Who Can Use Space-A Travel?The following branches are eligible for the Space-A travel military perk:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- U.S. Air Force.
- U.S. Army.
- U.S. Coast Guard.
- U.S. Marine Corps.
- U.S. Navy.
- U.S. Public Health Service.
Where You Can Find the ProgramSpace-A travel locations are all over the world, which means you can likely find one near you. You can find the USA locations for Space-A online to check for a program near you. Because this program can take you throughout the world, or at least to most places, it’s important to remember that rules and regulations in accordance with international laws and the laws of other countries will apply.
Is Space-A Travel Available Now?Yes! Air Mobility Command (AMC) has brought back AMC Space Travel, and things are returning back to some level of normalcy. As AMC and the U.S. Navy handle the vast majority of the Space-A Travel Program, this is a huge step in the right direction. The price and hassle of flying are necessary evils to get where we need to go in a reasonable time frame, but a free flight with some of the most talented pilots in the world is a no-brainer. On top of it all, for many, this could be a very unique flying experience and a great option for those who cannot afford a flight. Space-A is back, and it's a welcomed sight to behold as the military community can enjoy a unique perk of working in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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