My Husband and I, are planning to hopefully take our first Space A Flight next month. We are planning to visit him family and tickets are very expensive so this is a cheaper alternative. We are hoping to get within 7 hours of his hometown and we are willing to rent a car and drive the rest of the way or hopefully be able to pay for an inexpensive regular flight to get us to our final destination.
Space Available Travel (Space A) is a privilege. Officers and members of the Military Departments, and their families may be transported on vessels operated by any military transport agency of the Department of Defense(DoD).
Space A travel is defined as "travel aboard DoD owned or controlled aircraft and occurs when aircraft are not fully booked with passengers traveling under orders". Retired members are given the privilege to fly Space A also. There are six priority levels. Active Duty flying on orders are the first priority.
Space A is an inexpensive way to fly. It will cost you no money, only time. You have to be very flexible with your time. Active Duty Service members can not take a flight without having their leave papers with them, if they are on leave. If they are flying on orders, then they need to have a copy of their orders with them.
Dependents are not allowed to fly alone. They have to fly with the service member unless he or she is deployed. Then they will need to contact the location that they plan to fly from and ask what proof they need to bring with them in order to fly alone.
To register for Space A Flights you need to contact and give them your first and last name, rank/rate and destination. Your name will stay on the Space A list for 45 days. If you plan to fly again after that then you need to put your name on the list again. Some locations require that you call to get your name on the list and others require you to walk in and put your name on the list in person. The terminal will only give you information for flights leaving within the next 72 hours. If you are planning a trip. Plan in advance so that you can contact the terminal every few days and check flights. This will give you an idea of when flights leave to which destinations. You can ask how often they travel to each destination per month. They will not give out detailed information besides this because of OPSEC.
THERE'S SO MUCH MORE INFO THAT I NEED TO INCLUDE SO I WILL PROBABLY END UP POSTING A PART TWO OR JUST UPDATING THIS TOMORROW.
Here's a list of other Links that are very helpful with Space A information. Just click on them!
Take A Hop
Air Mobility Command (AMC)
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Passenger Terminal Facebook Page
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