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If you’re active duty, guard, reserve, or retired from the military, listen up! I recently learned about an awesome military travel benefit. It’s called the Armed Forces Vacation Club.
Maybe you’ve heard of it. My instructor at tech school told me that he goes to Disneyland with his family every year and they get a steal of a deal on lodging thanks to this club. He swears by it, and after a bit of research, I found the discounts to be unbelievable. At first, I thought it was a scam.
From my understanding, the reason you can get rooms/suites/condos for so cheap is because many of them are unsold timeshares and require you to stay 7 nights. A week of vacation can be hard to come by for those in the civilian world, but not the military. Leave can build up pretty quickly when working active duty.
Not all of the stays are at timeshares. Some are resorts or hotels, and some of the deals offer all-inclusive stays. Some also have the option to pay a little more per night for a shorter stay if you cannot do a full week. No matter what you decide to do, the discounts are incredible.
I’m not trying to sell this to anyone. I just wanted to let you all in on this amazing benefit. It sells itself anyway! I had no idea it existed and now that I do, I plan on maximizing it – especially for the ones that offer shorter stays.
Here are some offers I’ve seen:
1. Hotel Marsol, Brazil | $399/7 nights
2. Pueblo Bonito Resort at Sunset Beach, Mexico | $609/7 nights
3. Sandy Point Beach Resort, Australia | $1260/7 nights
4. Crosswaters Ecolodge & Spa, China | $600/7 nights
5. Island Seas Resort, Bahamas | $430/3 nights
There are different types of discounts/offers, so choose what works best for you. There are more than 100 countries to pick from! I’ve always wanted to go to South America, and this club has a ton of deals there. Plus, it shows you TripAdvisor reviews of those resorts, so you can feel comfortable with your decision.
Of course, I recommend you do independent research on sites like Expedia and Hotels.com. See if the deals are actually good for that lodging. Another note: they may not have in-season deals. Remember that a majority of the offers are at timeshares, so they’re trying to fill up the weeks not taken. That means there’s probably a lot of cheap offers in down-seasons.
You’ll also want to ensure you’re staying in a safe area. Just because the deals are cheap doesn’t mean you’re in an safe place. There’s a lot of crap going on in the world. For example, I saw one super sweet deal for a place in Turkey, but that may not be an ideal vacation spot at this time. So take these with a grain of salt.
However, if you just want to find a place to stay in the United States or other common tourist destinations in your area, this is a great site for finding cheap deals.
Mike and I will probably go through this site for our first anniversary getaway.
You’ve served your country. Now take advantage of the benefits! Take a look and let me know what you think!
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