I have written a fair amount about Veterans Advantage over the last couple of years. It is a good deal for me and I have provided my analysis of whether it is a good deal for you. I had another conference call will the Veterans’ Advantage CEO, Scott Higgins, and their VP of marketing, Roy Asfar. The reason for our latest get together was the result of a nicely worded complaint from reader Dan L. who was having trouble applying the Vet Adv 5% discount to Lufthansa flights. I conducted my own test and verified the problem, then turned it over to Roy. Roy contacted Lufthansa and found that they had changed their computer system which broke the link. He let Dan know and made him a happy customer. The lesson from all this is that your feedback was what discovered this problem. I encourage you to let us know on the blog or contact Veterans Advantage Customer Service at their Portland, Oregon (not India) Call Center (866-VET-ASSIST).
We had the chance to review the program and some of the new benefits of Veterans Advantage. They previously had introduce a 20% discount for CVS products on-line. Now that has extended to in-store!
Veterans Advantage members can save 20% everyday on their CVS purchases across the entire store, on all their purchase of regularly priced merchandise. Members simply present their 20% OFF CVS coupon at the store register. If you’re a member go here for the coupon to bring to the store.
My wife is always shopping for our stuff at CVS and I stop in their often to reload my Bluebird card so we really like the discount. CVS sent us a statement that we had saved nearly $400 over the last year, with discounts and coupons. The reason this is really big is that it changes the calculus for getting a Veterans Advantage Card. Previously, I had calculated how much you would need to buy in United tickets for the payback. Just with the CVS discount, you earn back the membership cost of $59.95 by buying $300 in CVS stores. And then you get the discounts on United, Lufthansa, rental cars, etc. Pretty good deal, and before anyone says something, no I don’t get any compensation from Veterans Advantage.
I also should mention the 20% discount the card will get you at Wyndham Hotels. I have not tried this one myself, but would be very interested to hear from readers who have as a 20% discount is pretty good.