Military vacation deals for the holidays
Thinking of taking a last-minute vacation over the holidays? Here’s how to do it and stay within budget.
The Armed Forces Vacation Club provides active and retired military with access to over 200,000 vacation rentals at below-market prices. Plus, membership is free. Check out the savings you’ll enjoy as you relax in comfortable accommodations in over 100 countries.
It’s never too late to discover great savings at popular destinations across the country and around the world. Rentals book from 3 to 360 days out. And membership is free for current, former and retired members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy; active duty and both active and inactive reserve and National Guard. Plus, you have free use of the online My Vacation Watcher tool that notifies you when accommodations at specific locations become available for the dates you specify.
Here’s one last travel tip. Before you go anywhere this holiday season, get peace of mind by joining USBA’s Emergency Assistance Plus (EA+) program. It provides you and your family members with 24-hour emergency travel assistance and more than 20 additional travel benefits. USBA members receive a special rate and Risk-Free 30-Day Trial.
Did you know USBAâ€™s gone mobile?
Here’s another way to get more use from your mobile device. USBA’s Member Service Center is now available for members’ secure use from their iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device. The free USBA application provides time-saving and on-the-spot convenience allowing you to:
• See a list of the USBA life insurance you own
• Make premium payments
• View important notifications about your USBA insurance
• Access finance center information
• Review and verify your address on file with USBA
• Read your USBA Member BRIEFINGS newsletter—current and archived issues
• Update your email preferences
You can download the free app from iTunes or visit USBA.com’s Member Service Center to learn more. Android users can download it from the GooglePlay store. If you have questions, please call us at (800) 821-7912 to talk with a friendly USBA representative.
For additional information about more mobile apps created specifically for veterans and active duty military, check out this issue of BRIEFINGS. You can also visit your online app store and do a search using the words veteran and/or military.
How are you observing Veterans Day 2013?
November 11th is the day set aside each year to honor the service of all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces—men and women who have served their country with strength, courage and dedication.
Here are some ways you can help observe this 94-year old tradition called Veterans Day.
Honor veterans and active military personnel in your life by sending them free Veterans Day eCards. Visit the USBA eCard Gallery to send the new 2013 design or any of the other Veterans Day eCards from past years.
Share your VetPride. Post a photo of your favorite veteran (or yourself if you’re former military) on our USBA Facebook page. Help spread the word on Twitter: #VetPride.
Wear your military medals on November 11th. Every medal has a story. Share yours with friends, family and others in your community. A veteran’s medals are a reflection of his or her sacrifice, bravery and accomplishments. Wear yours as a proud patriot.
Save as you celebrate: Check out this growing list of deals and discounts from businesses saying “thank you” to veterans, active duty, guard, reserve and retired military. The list includes restaurants, grocery, and convenience stores including Applebee’s, Denny’s, Olive Garden, Krispy Kreme, 7-Eleven, and more.
Visit a veterans’ hospital. Sharing experiences with elderly and injured veterans is a wonderful way to brighten the day of those who served on our behalf. Take a child or grandchild with you to hear their fascinating stories--unforgettable history lessons.
Support veteran-owned businesses. Spending your money at businesses owned or led by veterans is a way to show financial support for returning service members and their families.
In wartime and in peace, Veterans Day is an opportunity for Americans to honor the bravery and sacrifice of all veterans and those on active duty. To each of you we say, “Thank you for your service.”