When I’m paying for a purchase, you’ll likely hear me ask, “Do you offer a military discount?” My husband, a 20-year Air Force veteran, taught me that line.
Judging from the input when I asked a Facebook group of military spouses for their favorite places that offer military discounts, I’m not the only person with a military connection who does that.
In Wichita, active duty military, retired military and their spouses can often take advantage of national chains and locally owned businesses that offer military discounts. In many cases, it’s not an advertised discount, so that’s why it’s good to ask and realize a little savings if they do. In most cases it’s a 10% discount and that’s enough to at least subsidize the added sales tax.
Generally you’ll be asked to show a valid military ID to qualify for the discount, although at one restaurant a server noticed my husband’s ball cap said U.S. Air Force Retired and automatically gave us the discount.
Discounts are subject to change, so confirm when making your purchase.
Military discounts at Wichita restaurants
Restaurants in Wichita are serving up discounts to members of the military.
Restaurants are one category where military members (both active and retirees) and spouses will likely find the most businesses offering discounts. Most offer 10% off your food bill. Be prepared to show military ID. Some of these discounts may be for dine-in only or have other restrictions, so be sure to ask.
Here are several restaurants that serve up a 10% military discount unless otherwise noted.
Bagatelle (dine-in only)
Bonefish Grill – 20%
Buffalo Wild Wings – Wichita and Derby locations
Chick-fil-A – 10% when in uniform at the Central and Rock location
Churn and Burn
Eight Below – $1 off
Emporer’s Japanese Grill – 15%
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers – 15% on Mondays only
Fusion – 10-15%, depending on final tab
Gladspoon – 10% Uniformed Services discount (military service members, as well as Police, Firefighters, and EMS); show your professional ID
Hog Wild Pit BBQ – 15% but discount days vary. For example, its South Rock location honors that on Mondays only while the West Street store honors it every day.
Jimmie’s Diner – 10% weekdays only; 15% every day for those in uniform. It often offers a 25 percent discount for those with a military ID on Armed Forces Day (May 18)
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe – one free coffee or drink
Knolla’s – 25% on medium, large and giant pizzas only for dine-in and carryout; 50% if in uniform
Kwik Shop – free coffee to those in uniform
Los Coco’s Mexican Restaurant
McDonald’s – select locations (like the one at Harry and Webb, but discounts won’t apply to special pricing promotions)
Meddy’s (According to info obtained by reader Brett, Meddy’s at Harry & Rock offers a 20% military discount. Thanks, Brett!)
Milkfloat – 10% Uniformed Services discount (military service members, as well as Police, Firefighters, and EMS); show your professional ID
Noodles & Co.
PF Chang’s – 25% off most expensive entree
Reverie Coffee – 20%
Ruben’s Mexican Restaurant
Taco Bell – select locations
Twin Peaks – 10%, 15% in uniform
Two Brothers BBQ
Two Olives – typically 15% military discount, but increased to 25% until the end of May 2020 in recognition of Memorial Day. Dine-in only.
Village Inn – can’t be combined with free pie special on Wednesdays
Military discounts on fitness and health
Here’s to your health, wellness and looks
For military folks, it’s nice to know you can save some money while benefiting your health.
At Hot Asana Yoga, active duty, retirees and spouses (along with students, teachers and law enforcement) save $1 off the regular $11 drop-in rate and $10 off the normal $65 unlimited monthly pass.
Orange Theory Fitness offers active duty, retirees and spouses $10 off its elite and premier packages. Opti-Life gives active duty personnel only $5 off its monthly membership.
After a free private lesson, Empower Martial Arts offers a 10% discount for military for its programs.
Both Massage Envy locations in Wichita offer a $5 discount for active duty, retirees and spouses on the normally priced $65 monthly wellness program that gets you one massage, facial or total body stretch service. (If the service is unused, it rolls over to the next month.)
At least four chiropractor offices – the Joint Chiropractic and Dopps Chiropractic both on North Greenwich, Wellness at Work on Hillside and Integrity Chiropractic in Derby – give military discounts on visits. (Chiropractic care is not a covered benefit under TriCare, the military health insurance plan.)
The Joint Chiropractic gives active duty, retirees and spouses a $10 discount off its regular $29 first-visit price and its regular $59 wellness program that covers four visits per month. The Dopps Greenwich location offers its discount to active duty personnel and spouse. Active duty members get the first six months of visits for free and then pay $25 per visit, while spouses pay $25 for their visit (no free period). It offers a nearly 50% discount on its monthly family wellness program to active duty families, who pay $125. Wellness at Work discount its first consult/treatment fee by nearly 50% for active duty, retirees and spouses to $50. For active duty, retirees and spouses, Integrity Chiropractic discounts its regular $60 initial visit to $50, with visits thereafter costing $35, a $5 savings off the regular fee.
The VisionCenters in the Derby and North Rock Walmart stores will give a 10% discount on glasses, lenses and other products to active duty, retirees and spouses; they up that discount to 15% during May. The discounts are not applicable at other Walmart eye centers; the Derby and North Rock Walmart VisionCenters are not run by corporate Walmart.
Military discounts on haircuts and good grooming
Plaza Barbers in Andover will give active duty personnel $3 off any service, while both Pigtails & Crewcuts locations in Wichita offers a 20 percent. 21st Avenue Barbershop takes $2 off for military, firefighters and law enforcement. Shear Brilliance by Cedar at Soho (locate more info on the salon on Facebook) offers 15% to active duty, retirees and spouses, firefighters and police.
European Wax Center in the Waterfront offers a special wax pass for active duty, retirees and spouses – buy three, get your fourth free.
The Salon Brands stores in Wichita and Derby give a 20 percent discount on Wednesdays only for those with a military ID. (Sally Beauty discounted its military discount program at the end of 2018.)
Oh, and if you want Fido to look and feel good, PetSmart offers a 15% military discount for active duty, retirees and spouses on dog grooming services on Tuesdays only.
Military discounts on retail and services
Home improvement and craft store discounts
Military members can save with these DIY and craft supply discounts
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you probably like to save money. Big box retailers Lowe’s and Home Depot both offer 10% military discounts on purchases. (A national military discount website erroneously reports that the Home Depot discount is applied to purchases up to $500, but a call to a Wichita store found that it’s applies on to $5,000.) Remember to go to mylowes.com to qualify for the military discount; it will apply to both online and in-store purchases. Sherwin-Williams stores give a 15% military discount.
In the craft supply store category, Jo-Ann’s offer a 10% discount, while Michaels gives a 15% discount.
Lowe’s, Home Depot, Jo-Ann’s and Michaels honor the discount if you have a military ID.
Wichita Transit is offering free bus rides to Veterans with ID.
Clothing and retail discounts
Save on clothing, decor and more with these local and national retail discounts for military.
A lot of national retailers offer military discounts, including Foot Locker (20%), Champs (20%), Finish Line (20%), Famous Footwear (10%), Kohl’s (15% on Military Mondays), Kirklands (10%), American Eagle (10%), Children’s Place (10%), Maurice’s (10%), Aeropostale (20%), Old Navy (10%), Claire’s (20%). Motherhood Maternity (10% discount), Cabela’s (5%) and Pottery Barn (15% for regular-priced merchandise purchased in-store and orders placed in the store). Bed, Bath and Beyond has discontinued its military discount program, but a customer service representative suggested signing up for the $29 Beyond Plus annual membership program to save 20% on the entire purchase.
Moxie Boutique in northeast Wichita gives a 10% discount with military ID, while the Lululemon‘s store in Wichita offers military 25% off.
For event planning and other related supplies, active duty, retirees and spouses can get a 10% discount at Party City.
And if you’d like to toast all the places that support the military, Groves Liquor near Kellogg and Webb and Auburn Wine and Spirits on South Rock Road give a 10% discount with a military ID on regular-priced merchandise.
Military discounts on cell phone plans
It’s hard to find a cell phone service that doesn’t offer a military discount for those with an ID. Check with your provider and inquire about discounts both on plans and other purchases. Sometimes the discount rates differ for a plan and for purchase of accessories and such so ask about both.
Military discounts for auto repair and car care
Keep your motors running with these great deals for military at auto-care shops.
For buying parts and other auto supplies, AutoZone and O’Reilly give a 10% military discount. For repairs, L&M Auto in south Wichita will give a military discount on labor. Firestone Complete Auto has upped its military discount on parts and labor (not already discounted) from 5% to 10%. Christian Brothers Automotive will give a 10% discount on the total bill, while Biddle’s Auto Service in Derby does a 20% discount.
When it comes to cleaning up cars, Matzek’s Detailing in Derby gives a 10% military discount off all services. (It gives that same discount to law enforcement, fire, education and medical, according to its business card.)
Attraction and entertainment discounts for military
Find great savings on experiences, activities and attractions for military families.
Several local Wichita attractions offer military discounts, allowing your wallet to take a little break as you go back in time to Wichita’s early days, see animals, learn about science and explore different cultures
NOTE: Although the Blue Star Museum program has been canceled for 2020, some local attractions, like Old Cowtown Museum and the Wichita Art Museum will honor military personnel and their families with free admission through Labor Day.
Four Wichita museums are participating in the Blue Star Museum program this year and that means between Armed Forces Day on May 18 through Labor Day on Sept. 2, admission is free to active duty members and their families. The four participating museums are Old Cowtown Museum, Exploration Place, Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum and the Wichita Art Museum.
Outside of the Blue Star program, Exploration Place has 10% off the regular-priced admission that applies, while WAM is always free to everyone on Saturday. Old Cowtown, which is always free on Sunday (except for special events) also allows active duty military in for free.
The Sedgwick County Zoo offers active duty folks and those in their party a $1 discount on admission. (For a better admission price this summer, the zoo is extending its Twilight Tuesday hours in July to cover the entire day from 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and admission will be $3 per person with a voucher from a Cox Solutions Store. Only one voucher is needed for a group and it can be reused the entire month.) According to the zoo’s spokesperson, on Veterans Day all military personnel – active duty, retirees, veterans and their families – get in free.
Splash Aqua Park offers a 10% military discount throughout the summer season for members of the military with ID.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park gives a 15% discount with a military ID on regular-priced daily admissions , but on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day weekend, the discount is 25%. With an ID, military pay a $5 admission to the Mid-American All-Indian Center. The Kansas Aviation Museum will give military with an ID $2 off regular admission prices. When military folks visit the Museum of World Treasures, they can get $1 off regular admission prices. The Great Plains Transportation Museum gives a 10% discount.
Wichita Community Theatre tickets for military with an ID are $13, saving you $2 when you see a local production. The Mosley Street Melodrama takes some bucks off its standard seating prices, with a dinner and show ticket costing $27, while a show-only ticket is $18 for military.
For activities, if you have kiddos who like doing flips, JAG Gymnastics in Andover gives 10% off monthly and summer session packages. Adventure Sports gives a minimum 10% on gear and scuba training to active duty, retirees and spouses, as well as other first responders. For some large group training, the discount can be higher.
Hotel discounts for military
Most hotels have a government rate for official business, but some will extend a military discount for those stays that aren’t about work. Drury Inn, Best Western, Choice hotels (like Comfort Inn) and Holiday Inn and Suites are ones that give a military discount to both active duty and retiree families.
Red Roof offers military personnel, both active and retired, a 10% discount with promo code VP606732 year-round. Veterans can also join Veterans Advantage, which is free and offers additional military discounts, including a 20% discount at Red Roof with the promo code VP 544993 year-round.