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How the Travel Industry is Giving Back to Veterans this November
Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.
With Veterans Day (Nov. 11) right around the corner, travel companies across America are rolling out a plethora of promotions and discounts aimed at giving back to active and retired military personnel.
Here we'll examine a few of the ways the travel industry is giving back to veterans this November.
Delta to Match SkyMiles Donations
For the third consecutive year, Delta Air Lines will match customer-donated SkyMiles to Fisher House Foundation's Hero Miles program and Luke's Wings for the month of November.
Delta will match donations up to 10 million miles.
Fisher House Foundation's Hero Miles program and Luke's Wings both use the donated miles to provide air travel to wounded, injured or ill service members and veterans and their families.
Last year, Delta and its customers donated more than 27 million miles, which was nearly six million more miles than they donated in 2014.
Travelers can donate through Delta's SkyWish program.
Veterans Day Discounts in Myrtle Beach
Military members who book stays at several oceanfront Myrtle Beach, South Carolina resorts this Veterans Day will receive a 10 percent discount on participating resorts' best available rates.
"We want to thank those who are serving our country or who have served in the past by offering them an extra discount," said Vacation Myrtle Beach's Matt Klugman in a statement. "They deserve to be able to take a fun, budget-friendly vacation with their family."
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The discount is available to all active-duty military, current Guard/Reserves, veterans, retired service members and current and retired military spouses.
Hilton Hires 10,000 Veterans
Hilton Worldwide announced Thursday that it has hired 10,000 veterans, spouses and dependents in the U.S. since August 2013, when it originally set out to achieve the milestone by 2018.
In addition to the hirings through its Operation: Opportunity program, Hilton has donated millions of Hilton HHonors points to veterans.
"At Hilton, we know military veterans and their families have made incredible sacrifices for our country, and we are strongly committed to ensuring they have great jobs when they return home from service," said Hilton president and CEO Christopher J. Nassetta in a statement. "This philosophy has been embedded in our DNA since Conrad Hilton, a military veteran, founded our company nearly 100 years ago."
Royal Caribbean Rolls Out Military Discount
Royal Caribbean International will honor Veterans Day this month with a special military rate offering up to 20 percent savings for veterans.
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The discount is available to active personnel currently serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves or the Canadian National Defense. Retired personnel from the aforementioned divisions are also eligible.
To save, travelers can use code MIL at booking.
Westgate Resorts Gives Away Orlando Vacations
Westgate Resorts will give away 1,000 free vacations to U.S. military personnel and their families this Veterans Day.
Beginning Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. ET, current active duty military personnel who have served in combat, their families and Gold Star families can register to win at WestgateSalutes.com.
The first 1,000 eligible service members who complete the online military appreciation form and include a fully refundable $75 deposit will receive a free two-night vacation for up to four people at Westgate Town Center in Central Florida May 5-7, 2017.
Westgate will also offer 25 percent savings on Veterans Day for military veterans for rooms across its entire portfolio.
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