I get it primarily for the 5% off all United/ JetBlue/ Lufthansa flights which pays for its membership right there for me. Also, however, it has great discounts off of rental cars, buying stuff at Sears/ Kmart, AMTRAK, and even medevac back tot he States if you have a serious health issue while traveling. I didn’t think too much about the latter, until one reader wrote to say how that benefit saved them thousands of dollars.
They have now added yet another benefit that a lot of people can use – 20% off just about everything at Office Depot/ Office Max. No, sorry, you can’t get 20% off gift cards there (I already checked), but just about everything else. A $300 annual spend at Office Depot would pay for the membership fee just by itself, let alone all the other discounts you get with membership.
I have heard from a number of readers that think this membership is not a good value and that these companies should just be giving all veterans the discounts associated with this card. OK, then I should get the AAA or AARP discount at hotels even though I am not a member? Veterans Advantage is a business that benefits veterans, just like AARP is a business that benefits seniors. Personally, I do the math and find these discounts add up to several times of the membership price. One tip, if you get the multi-year membership, it works out to only about $30/year.
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