These airlines waive bag fees for military members and their dependents

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If you’re an airline traveler, you know that baggage fees have become commonplace (with Southwest being the notable exception). But if you’re an active member of the military or an immediate family member of one, you could get a major perk.

Members of the armed forces and their dependents are more likely to have bag fees waived than other passengers. That means you could save some serious money on baggage fees.

What airlines offer free bags to the military?

Many major airlines offer special perks and considerations for active members of the military not only when they’re on orders, but for private travel as well.

We’ve compiled a list of airlines that offer military baggage exemptions for service members as well as their dependents.

One thing to keep in mind is that a valid active duty military ID may be required at the time of check-in to take advantage of this perk.

Airline baggage exemptions for active military and their dependents

Airlines

Baggage exemption

On orders

Private travel

Dependents

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Alaska Airlines

5 free bags

Yes

No

Yes (On orders)

American Airlines

5 free bags

Yes

3 free bags

Yes

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Delta Air Lines

5 free bags

Yes

2 free bags

No

United Airlines

5 free bags

Yes

3 free bags

Yes

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Frontier Airlines

Free bags

Yes

No

No

JetBlue Airways

5 free bags

Yes

2 free bags

Yes

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Hawaiian Airlines

4 free bags

Yes

2 free bags

No

Southwest Airlines

Free bags up to 100 lbs and 80 in.

Yes

Free bags up to 100 lbs and 80 in.

No

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Spirit Airlines

2 free bags

Yes

No

No

Members of the military have some more perks to take advantage of even when they’re not flying. Here are stores and other businesses that offer military discounts all year long.

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