Military Family’s Guide to Space-A Flights

Thomas Costello, LCSW, is Project Sanctuary’s Chief of Family Support. A veteran himself, he explains how military families can take advantage of Space-A travel on military aircraft. To access Project Sanctuary’s Family Support services, contact Thomas at familysupport@projectsanctuary.us.

Space available (or Space-A) travel is an affordable travel opportunity for service members and dependents, retirees, and now veterans. Passengers fill unused seats on military aircraft at little to no cost to them. Learn more about this affordable travel opportunity in this month’s blog post.

Who can travel Space-A?

Now, veterans with a permanent and total service-connected Department of Veterans Affairs disability rating can use Space-A travel. This is thanks to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Unfortunately, dependents of disabled veterans aren’t eligible for Space-A travel. Retirees, active duty service members, and their dependents are eligible.

Authorized disabled veterans can use Space-A travel to fly within the continental United States (CONUS) or directly between the continental United States and Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

What’s it like to travel Space-A?

As a regular retiree, I have flown Space-A numerous times. Space-A passengers will need to exercise patience and flexibility.

Schedules can change at the last minute and your anticipated flight may be cancelled, delayed, or filled up. Space-A passengers can fly only after all the space-required passengers and cargo have been accommodated. Active Duty passengers and their families have priority seating over retirees and service-connected disabled veterans.

Space-A passengers can take up to two pieces of luggage at 70 pounds each. Pets are not allowed.

How do I register for Space-A?

In order to register and fly Space-A, disabled veterans must have a DD Form 2765 and a Defense Department ID Card (Tan).

Registration for flights is through email sign-up, which you can access here along with other information about registration.

What airports do Space-A flights leave from?

Some Space-A flights originate from commercial airports, such as Baltimore-Washington Marshall International and Seattle-Tacoma International.

Where can I find more information?

Air Mobility Command (AMC) Website

Take-A-Hop app

SpaceA.Net

Airport terminal’s Facebook pages are another helpful resource.

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