Discounts for the Armed Forces

If you are a member of the armed forces, here are some ways to get discounts on holidays, clothing and more.

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If you are a member of the armed forces or a veteran you might be wondering if there are ways in which you can make savings on everyday essentials, days out or even holidays. Instead of spending hours searching online, we have done the hard work for you. Here are some of the ways you can get a well-deserved discount. 

Defence Discount Service

This is the official MoD discount service for the armed forces, veterans and military families. With hundreds of companies registered it offers a wide range of discounts. You can sign up for free and access the online discounts right from the get-go. There’s even a free handy App available. 

The Defence Discount Service also offer The Defence Privilege Card, which cost £4.99 for 5 years membership and can be used on the high street. This service is the main way armed forces discounts are given in the UK so well worth signing up for!  

Who is eligible for a Defence discount?

Serving armed forces qualify along with: 

  • Reserve Forces
  • Spouses/Partners of serving personnel
  • HM armed forces veterans (ex-serving)
  • MoD civil servants
  • Bereaved family members
  • War/service window and widowers
  • Cadet forces over 16 years of age
  • NATO personnel in the UK

Where can I use the Defence Privilege card?

There are hundreds of retailers on board, here are some of our favourites:  

  • Apple (variable exclusive discounts)
  • Halfords (10% discount)
  • JD Sports (10% discount)
  • Samsung (10% discount)
  • Starbucks (10% discount)
  • Boohoo (15% discount)
  • Odeon (10 - 30% discount)
  • KFC (10% discount)
  • Shark (variable exclusive discounts)
  • Eurocamp (up to 40% discount)
  • Go Outdoors (10% discount)
  • Hotpoint (20% discount)
  • Hotels.com (up to 20% discount)
  • Muscle Food (varied special offers and freebies)
  • Alton Towers (up to 50% discount)

Holiday Hypermarket

In need of a holiday? Holiday Hypermarket is offering several discounts as a thank-you to members of the armed forces. 

At the moment you can save £25 off holidays to the Greek Islands, the Canary Islands, and  the Caribbean. There’s a discount code to add at checkout - DEFENCE25 

Discounted and free travel in London for Veterans

Veterans are eligible for free and discounted travel with the Veterans Oyster Photocard. If you receive war pension scheme payments or guaranteed income payments under the armed forces compensation scheme you are eligible to apply.  

What savings can I make?

As it’s a free photocard it’s a pretty good deal for those based in the TFL area. Benefits include: 

  • Discounted river services 
  • Discounted Emirates Air Line fares
  • Free travel at any time on London buses, underground, overground, DLR, trams, and TFL rail services. 
  • Free travel on most national rail services at the weekend and from 9.30 am on weekdays. See TFL for more information. 

How can I get the Veterans Oyster Photocard?

You will need to give TFL a call and request an application form (0343 222 1234). Complete the form and return it with the relevant evidence of eligibility and a passport-size photo.  

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