General Information on Space Available Travel

  • Space-available travel is a privilege (not an entitlement) that accrues to Uniformed Services members as an avenue of respite from the rigors of Uniformed Services duty. Retired Uniformed Services members are given the privilege in recognition of a career of such rigorous duty and because they are eligible for recall to active duty.  The underlying criteria for extending the privilege to other categories of passengers is their support to the mission being performed by Uniformed Services members and to the enhancement of active duty Service members' quality of life.
  • Space available passengers travel only after all duty cargo and passengers have been accommodated.  All available seats are released, but there is no guaranteed movement in the preferred time frame. Have sufficient funds available to complete travel using commercial transportation if necessary.  
  • Space available (Space A) eligible travelers may not use their privilege for personal gain or in connection with business enterprises or employment. Space A travel may not be used to establish a home or when international or theater restrictions prohibit such travel. Family members may travel within the CONUS when accompanied by their sponsor.
  • Space A seats are normally identified as early as 2-3 hours and as late as 30 minutes prior to departure.  It is recommended to check with the passenger service center for the space available show time prior to departing the terminal. Be ready for immediate processing and boarding.
  • Travelers are assigned a category upon registering for travel and compete for seats within categories based on the date and time of registration. This date and time of sign-up is valid through to the final destination; a new date and time are assigned for return travel. Travelers may stand by for any available flight. 
  • Space required passengers or cargo may require the removal of Space A passengers at any point. If removed en route, travelers may re-register with their original date and time of registration. Passenger agents will assign a new date and time to any country changed or added to an application. Names of all originating space available passengers who depart on a flight will be removed from all destinations. Travelers should be prepared to purchase onward or return commercial transportation, meals, and lodging.

Retired service members are eligible for space available travel under Category VI. Family members of retirees may only travel with the retiree. If you plan to travel Space A, contact the passenger terminal(s) where you plan to depart for current flight information and assistance. For more information about Space A click here.

Armed Forces Recreation Centers

Retirees may also use Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC). AFRC resorts are affordable Joint Service facilities operated by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) and located at ideal vacation destinations. AFRCs offer a full range of resort hotel opportunities for service members, their families, and other members of the Total Defense Force. AFRCs are self-supporting and funded by nonappropriated fund revenues generated internally from operations. Revenues from AFRCs are continually reinvested to maintain and improve the physical plant while providing the greatest possible value for AFRC guests. AFRC room rates are affordable and based on rank, pay grade, duty status, room size, and/or room location.

The AFRCs are centrally-managed, U.S. Army FMWRC-operated facilities with a mission to provide rest, relaxation, recreation, and sustainment for military personnel, their families, and other members of the Department of Defense. Facilities include Shades of Green at DisneyWorld in Florida; Hale Koa Hotel on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii; Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul Korea; Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch Germany; and Cape Henry Inn and Beach Club in Virginia Beach, Virginia (new).

Authorized users include active duty military, retirees, currently employed and retired Department of Defense civilians, reservists, delayed entry recruits, and family members. Info can be found at


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