If you are a federal employee, including a member of the armed forces, you may be eligible for a host of great discounts, from travel to retail to lodging and restaurants and beyond.

Federal employee discounts are available to those who are able to show proof of employment with the federal government. Depending on the company offering the discount, you may be able to use your personnel badge or ID card (issued to U.S. federal civilian employees), official military ID, Common Access Card (CAC), U.S. federal government-issued Visa, MasterCard, or American Express card, VA Universal Access Card, Veterans Service Organization Card (VFW, AmVets, DAV, etc.), Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) card, or Native American Tribal Government ID card.

This list contains only discounts that have been verified through company websites and other reliable sources. Because many companies offering federal employee discounts and savings tend to change them up from time to time, we did not include the exact deals; instead, we provided links that will take you directly to the discount information page of the company websites.

The Verifiable Federal Employee Discounts List

  • Insurance Discounts

  • Communications Discounts

  • Rental Car and Car Maintenance Discounts

  • Air and Rail Travel Discounts

  • Restaurant Discounts

  • Lodging Discounts

  • Entertainment Discounts

  • Retail Discounts

  • Miscellaneous Discounts

Insurance Discounts

  • GEICO, which began as an insurance company for federal employees, offers discounts on auto insurance and premiums.
  • Nationwide offers discounts to military members who are members of VetFriends.
  • USAA, whose products are only available to military members and their families, offers fraud support and security monitoring; discounts on travel insurance, moving, and storage; car buying assistance overseas; and free filing with TurboTax.

Communications Discounts

  • Apple offers discounts on products for business and personal use to federal employees and military members and families.
  • AT&T offers discounts to military members and spouses.
  • Dell offers military members up to 10% off.
  • HP offers federal employees and military members up to 35% off products for home use.
  • Lenovo offers discounted prices to military members and Department of Defense employees.
  • Microsoft offers free and discounted products to military members and veterans.
  • Sprint offers discount programs to federal employees and military members.
  • T-Mobile grants membership in its Advantage Program to some federal employees and military members.
  • Verizon offers discount programs to federal employees and military members.

Rental Cars and Car Maintenance Discounts

  • Alamo offers government employee and military discounts on rental cars for business and leisure travel.
  • Auto Accessories Garage offers active duty military, veterans, and their families 5-20% off most retail items.
  • Avis offers a government and military rate for business travel.
  • Budget offers government and military discounts of up to 25% off for leisure travel.
  • Dollar offers government employee and military discounts on rental cars for business and leisure travel.
  • Enterprise offers a government rate for business travel and military discounts for both business and leisure travel.
  • Hertz offers government employee and military discounts on rental cars for business and leisure travel.
  • National offers government employee and military discounts on rental cars for business and leisure travel.
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts offers active duty members of the military and their immediate family, military retirees, and VA recipients 10% off most items in-store. Valid Military or VA ID must be presented.
  • Pep Boys offers active duty military and veterans 10% off services.

Air and Rail Travel Discounts

  • Alaska Airlines offers up to three free checked bags for active duty military and military dependents on travel orders.
  • Allegiant Air offers several discounts and perks to military members and families.
  • American Airlines offers some government and military discounts; directs customers to contact them for more information.
  • Amtrak offers government employees a discount on business travel and a 10% discount on most travel to active duty military and their dependents.
  • Delta offers special government and military rates. You must call (800) 325-1771.
  • Hawaiian Airlines offers four free checked bags for military personnel and dependents with proof of government travel orders, and two free checked bags for active duty military on personal travel.
  • JetBlue offers discounted fares on business travel for federal employees and on leisure travel for active duty military and their immediate family.
  • Southwest Airlines does not advertise discounts for federal employees but does direct government and military travelers to contact them for more information about fares.
  • United Airlines offers baggage and fair discounts to military members and families, as well as pet exceptions to military members and State Department employees and families on official travel.

Restaurant Discounts

Most chain restaurants offer discounts around Veterans Day. According to military.com, the following discounts were available in 2016:

  • Applebee’s: Free meal on Veterans Day from a special menu for active duty military and veterans
  • Bob Evans: Free meal on Veterans Day from a special menu for active duty military and veterans
  • Bonanza Steakhouses: Free buffet on November 11 for active duty military and veterans
  • Boston Market: Free brownie or cookie with purchase on November 11 to active duty military, veterans, and their families
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of wings and side of fries on November 11 for active duty military and veterans
  • Carrabba’s: Free appetizer November 11-13 for active duty military and veterans
  • Chili’s: Free meal on Veterans Day from a special menu for active duty military and veterans
  • Chipotle: BOGO from 3 PM – close on November 11 for military members and families
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s: Free individual one-topping pizza on November 11 for active duty military and veterans
  • Cracker Barrel: Free slice of double fudge Coca-Cola cake on November 11 for veterans
  • Denny’s: Free Build Your Own Grand Slam from 5 AM – 12 PM on November 11 for active and inactive military and veterans
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Free meal on November 11 for active duty military and veterans and free Big Yellow Cup with purchase to anyone who dines with a veteran on November 11
  • Famous Dave’s: Free two-meat combo on November 11 for current and former military members
  • Fazoli’s: Free Build Your Own pasta bowl on November 11 for veterans.
  • Fogo de Chão: 50% off your meal on November 11 for active duty military and veterans, plus 10% off meals for three additional guests
  • Friendly’s: Free meal on Veterans Day from a special menu for active duty military and veterans
  • Hardee’s: Many locations give 10% military discounts at any time throughout the year
  • Hooters: Free meal on Veterans Day from a special menu for active duty military and veterans
  • Hoss’s: Free meal on Veterans Day from a special menu for active duty military and veterans
  • IHOP: Free red, white, and blue pancakes on November 11 from 7 AM – 7 PM for active duty military and veterans, at participating locations
  • Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee on November 11 for veterans, at participating locations
  • Little Caesars Pizza: Free $5 lunch combo from 11 AM – 2 PM on November 11 for active duty military and veterans
  • Logan’s: Free meal on Veterans Day from a special menu for active duty military and veterans
  • Longhorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert on November 11 to active duty military, veterans, and their families, plus 10% discount to anyone who dines with a veteran
  • O’Charley’s: Free meal on November 11 for active duty military and veterans
  • Olive Garden: Free meal on Veterans Day from a special menu for active duty military and veterans
  • Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage on November 11 for active duty military and veterans, plus 15% off all meals for active and retired military members from November 12 – December 31
  • Red Lobster: Free appetizer or desert from a special menu on November 11 for active duty, reserve, and veterans
  • Red Robin: Free Red’s Tavern Double Burger with bottomless steak fries on November 11 for active duty military and veterans
  • Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer on November 11 for active duty, reserve, and veterans
  • Ryan’s: Free buffet and drink for active duty military and veterans
  • Starbucks: Free tall coffee on November 11 for active duty military, veterans, and spouses, at participating locations
  • Sweet Frog: Free 12-oz. cup of frozen yogurt on November 11 for all military members
  • Texas Roadhouse and TGI Friday’s: Free lunch from 11 AM – 2 PM on November 11 for active duty military and veteran
  • Texas Steakhouse: Free meal on Veterans Day from a special menu for active duty military and veterans
  • White Castle: Free combo meal on November 11 for all military members
  • World of Beer: Free select draft beer on November 11 for current and former military members

Lodging Discounts

  • Best Western offers discounts of 10% or more to federal employees, including active duty military and veterans.
  • Choice Hotels (includes Ascend Hotel Collection, Cambria Hotel & Suites, Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Econo Lodge, Mainstay Suites, Rodeway Inn, Sleep Inn, Suburban Extended Stay, and Quality Inn) offers discounts for active duty military and veterans. They also offer discounts to federal employees traveling for business.
  • Disney World offers discounted hotel rates to military families.
  • Hilton Hotels (includes Conrad Hotel, DoubleTree Hotel, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Hotel, Home 2 Suites, Homewood Suites, and Waldorf Astoria Hotel) offers discounted government and military rates at participating hotels and resorts. When searching for hotels, click the “government/military” box to see the discounted rate.
  • La Quinta offers discounted rates for business and leisure travel to federal employees, including active duty military and veterans.
  • LEGOLAND offers various military rates at its hotels in Florida and California.
  • Marriott (includes AC Hotels, Courtyard, Delta, EDITION, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Gaylord, JW Marriott, MOXY, Protea, Renaissance, Resident Inn, SpringHill Suites, the Ritz-Carlton, and TownPlace Suites) offers government rates for federal employees, active duty military and veterans.
  • Participating locations in the Red Lion Hotels group (includes America’s Best Value Inn, Jameson Inn, and Settle Inn) offer discounts up to 30% for active duty military and veterans. They also offer a discounted rate at their Washington, D.C. location for government travelers.
  • Red Roof Inn offers federal employees a 20% discount on leisure travel.
  • Super8 is offering 15% off through July 31, 2017 to active duty military and veterans.
  • Wyndham Hotel Group (Includes Baymont Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Dolce, Hawthorne Suites, Howard Johnson’s, Knights Inn, Microtel Inn and Suites, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, TRYP by Wyndham, Wingate by Wyndham, Wyndham Garden Hotels, Wyndham Grand Collection, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts) offers government discounts at participating locations.

    Entertainment Discounts

    Retail Discounts

    • Bass Pro Shops gives military members 10% off regular-price merchandise from the 15th-22nd of each month.
    • Bed Bath & Beyond offers military members and their families 20% off their purchase on Veterans Day.
    • According to this support forum, some Best Buy locations offer military discounts. Each store decides whether to offer a discount.
    • Buckle offers a 10% discount in its online store to active duty military, veterans, and their families.
    • Cabela’s offers a 5% discount in-store to military members.
    • Gift Baskets Overseas offers military members and government employees 10% off any order to any serviced country.
    • Lowe’s offers 10% off select purchases to active duty military and veterans.
    • Michaels offers military members and families 15% off in store.
    • mlbshop.com offers 15% off to military members and families
    • NFLShop.com offers 10% off to military members and families.
    • Nike offers military members a 10% discount at nike.com, the Nike+ app, and Nike, Converse, and Hurley stores (excluding Nike Company/Employee stores).
    • Pottery Barn offers military members and families 15% off in-store. The Pottery Barn discount excludes specially-priced items and clearance items with prices ending in $0.97 or $0.99.
    • ProFlowers offers a military discount on selected products.
    • Williams-Sonoma offer military members and families 15% off in store. Discount excludes electronics, which carry a 10% military discount.

    Miscellaneous Discounts

    • Gold’s Gym offers discounted membership to active duty military and veterans.
    • Sitter City offers discounted memberships for military families.

    In Summary

    And now you have the government/federal employee discounts list. As you can see, there are many companies that offer government employee discounts. Make sure to have your government employee ID on hand to secure the discounts.