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U.S. Airlines Honor Those Who Serve

Every day, the U.S. airlines celebrate the brave men and women who serve in our military. The courage and sacrifice of our veterans, those currently serving and their families is inspiring and is what allows us the freedom to fly around the world.  In celebration of Military Appreciation Month, we’re highlighting just a few of the many efforts by our members who are going the extra mile to support those who serve.

Alaska Airlines

In 2016, Alaska Airlines was one of only 15 companies to win the Freedom Award, presented by the Secretary of Defense. This annual award is the highest recognition given to employers who support their employees in the National Guard and Reserve. Additionally, Alaska Airlines offers complimentary travel to veterans on Honor Flights, priority boarding for active duty military members and partnerships with various non-profit military organizations.

American Airlines

American Airlines is a proud partner with many organizations that honor those who serve and their families. In addition to the Hero Miles Program, the Honor Flight Network, the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Airpower Foundation, American also works with Snowball Express, one of the few charities dedicated to the children of our nation’s fallen heroes. Through this partnership, American provides all flights for children and their families traveling to the 4-day long event so they can make happy memories together.

Atlas Air

The Air Mobility Command depends on Atlas Air as the largest provider of commercial airlift in the wide-body cargo segment. These airlift services are essential to the efforts of men and women serving around the globe and Atlas Air is always there to deliver, especially on short notice or in times of peak levels of demand.


FedEx is committed to hiring our nation’s military heroes and providing them with meaningful job opportunities as they transition to civilian life. Through free hiring events and programs, transportation support and private sector insights, FedEx’s partnership with Hiring Our Heroes is vital to ensure that our veterans and their spouses are given the tools to succeed.

Hawaiian Airlines

To make your trip a little more convenient, Hawaiian Airlines offers two free checked bags for active duty members of the military on personal travel and four free checked bags for those on official government travel. Additionally, military personnel in uniform are given priority boarding in Zone 1, along with premium class passengers and Pualani Platinum Members.

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways is proud to support our military through their Vets in Blue program, which actively recruits and employs veterans who want to join the JetBlue family. Today, JetBlue employs 1,102 veterans in a variety of jobs and skill sets across the company. The VetConnect initiative matches newly hired JetBlue veterans with other experienced veterans for a mentorship that focuses on career development and education about JetBlue’s many resources available for veterans.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines is the official commercial carrier of the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization that takes veterans to our nation’s capital free of charge. Through this program, Southwest provides air transportation for thousands of veterans, enabling them to visit memorials in Washington, DC.

United Airlines

Veterans, active duty members of the military, National Guard and Reserve members and their families receive a 5 percent discount on tickets when flying with United. The Veterans Advantage program is free to join and also offers travel insurance, travel assistance services and discounts on other major brands, including Target, Apple and Verizon.


UPS supports our nation’s veterans and is proud to offer resources and careers at UPS for those transitioning back to civilian life. Through their interactive and specific military website, UPS provides information on their company culture, benefits, job descriptions, transition guides and even a skills translator, to match veterans with optimized job openings based on their military experience.

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