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If you're a member of the Armed Forces, Veterans or Armed Forces Community, you can sign up for a Defence Discount Service card to get discounts on the high street, restaurants and online. It costs £4.99 for a five-year membership.
The card is available to all members of the Armed Forces, although you don't have to be actively serving to get it. For example, veterans, partners of service personnel and cadets over the age of 16 can apply.
If you are going to take advantage of the offers, check the T&Cs for each individual retailer at Defence Discount Service.
Examples of retailers you can currently use the card with:
Retailer Discount Toby Carvery 20% off food bill Monday - Saturday Go Outdoors 10% off online and in store Starbucks 10% discount KFC 10% off in store Travelodge 10% discount Halfords 10% discount Hotels.com 10% discount Dell Up to 20% discount British Airways 10% discount on flights Ray-Ban 20% discount Merlin Up to 40% discount Prezzo 25% discount off total bill New Look 10% off online and in store EE 20% discount online only Hungry Horse 20% off food National Express Discounted travel Burton Menswear 10% discount RAC £20 off breakdown cover
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Military personnel who show a valid Defence Discount Service card at Starbucks can get a 10% discount off their total bill.
The offer's valid every day of the week and covers your whole group. It can't be used to purchase Starbucks gift cards.
The Defence Discount Service card is available to all members of the armed forces, although you don't have to be actively serving to get it. For example, veterans, partners of service personnel and cadets over the age of 16 can apply. It costs £4.99 for a five-year membership.
Certain ex-armed forces personnel qualify for a free Veterans Oyster photocard which gets free and discounted travel in London.
Anyone who receives ongoing War Pensions Scheme payments or guaranteed income payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme is eligible for the photocard. Call TFL and ask for an application form to apply.
What benefits does the Veterans Oyster photocard get me?
- Free travel at any time on London buses, London Underground, London Overground, DLR, tram and TFL Rail.
- Free London travel on most National Rail services on weekends and from 9.30am on weekdays. There are some routes that can be travelled on for free before 9.30am – see Veterans Oyster photocard for included routes.
- Discounted Emirates Air Line fares.
- Discounted River Services fares.
How do I apply?
Call TFL on 0343 222 1234 to request an application form. Fill it out and return it along with an Awards Notification or relevant letter as well as a passport-sized photo.
Once the card arrives, you'll be able to use it straight away. Touch in and out on the yellow Oyster card readers when you start and end your journey.
You're not able to receive a Veterans Oyster photocard if you are eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard or Freedom Pass.
At most Yo! Sushi restaurants, customers who show a valid Defence Discount Service code from Sunday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday will get 20% off food.It's only valid on bills up to the value of £100. It excludes drinks and takeaways, and it can't be used with any other offers.It's valid at all Yo! Sushi restaurants except Boxpark Croydon and Heathrow T2 and T3.
What's the Defence Discount Service?
To get a card, you have to pay £4.99 but it's valid for five years - so worth it if you think you'll save more than £5 in this time.
You don't have to be actively serving to get it, for example, veterans, partners of service personnel and cadets over the age of 16 can apply. Check the Defence Discount Service website to see if you qualify.