Question 23: Do I have to be in uniform to travel?
Answer: Each service determines its own travel uniform policies. Currently, services except the Marine Corps permit appropriate civilian attire on DoD-owned or controlled aircraft. When civilian clothing is worn it should be in good taste and not in conflict with accepted attire in the overseas country of departure, transit, or destination, as defined by the DoD Foreign Clearance Guide. It should also be capable of keeping you warm especially on military aircraft. Passengers are also reminded the high heeled, open toed and "five finger" styled shoes may not be worn on military aircraft.
Question 24: How much baggage can I take?
Answer: As a Space-A traveler, you may check two pieces of luggage at 70 pounds each per person. Family members traveling together may pool their baggage allowance as long as the total does not exceed the total allowance. Each passenger is permitted to hand-carry one article (small luggage, garment bags, backpack, etc.) and one personal item (cosmetic case, purse, briefcase, small boxes, packages, etc.) for storage in the passenger cabin area.
NOTE: Smaller type aircraft have restrictions (C-12, C-21, UC-35 aircraft have 30lb baggage limitation. Navy C-40 & C-9's are restricted to two bags at 50 lbs total).
Question 25: Can I pay for excess baggage when flying Space Available?
Answer: No. Only duty status passengers may pay for excess baggage.
Question 26: Do you have any recommendations on baggage?
Answer: Yes. Travel light, take only essential items. Do not place valuables, medicine, or important documents in your checked baggage. Be sure your name and current address are on and inside your bags. AMC terminals have baggage ID tags available for your use. It is also advisable to place a copy of your leave/EML paperwork inside your checked baggage.
Question 27: Can my pet travel with me on a Space-A flight?
Answer: No. DoD has reserved pet shipments for passengers in Permanent Change of Station (PCS) status. Note: Service animals may fly with a member with proper /documentation.
Question 28: Will Space-A travel cost much?
Answer: In general, no. You will be assessed a Federal Inspection Fee if you travel on a commercial mission arriving the United States from overseas. A Head Tax is another fee that applies to Space-A passengers who arrive/depart the Customs Territories of the United States (CTUS) to/from overseas locations on these missions. Other costs associated with travel may be expensive. You might spend a bit on phone calls to find out about flights, a room for the night along the way, or a bus fare to get from one base to another. You may limit these costs depending on how frugal you are (e.g. take a bus vs. rent a car) and if opportunities for you to save are available (i.e. base lodging vs. a commercial hotel room). Meals may be purchased at a nominal fee at most air terminals while traveling on military aircraft. Meal service on AMC Category B full planeload charters is complimentary.
Question 29: What facilities are available at AMC terminals? (Family Lounge, BX, and Snack Bar)
Answer: Facilities at most of the larger military terminals are generally the same as commercial facilities. Facilities include AAFES/NEX, barber shops, snack bars, television, traveler assistance, United Services Organization (USO) lounges, and Family Lounges. The type of facility available will vary according to the terminal size and location. NOTE: Most AMC Passenger Terminals close overnight. Space-A travelers must be prepared for billeting expenses.
Question 30: What is the best time of the year to travel Space-A?
Answer: Anytime other than peak travel and holidays (December-January and June-August) periods.
Question 32: Is it easier to go to some destinations?
Answer: Yes. Places where we fly often such as Japan and Germany are much easier than low frequency areas.
Question 33: Can people travel Space-A to Alaska or South America?
Answer: Yes. Travelers may obtain Space-A travel to Alaska, South America, and other interesting locations; i.e. Australia, New Zealand, etc. Travel to Alaska is relatively easy when departing from Travis AFB, California, and McChord AFB, Washington. Travel to South America and other remote areas can be much more difficult. Infrequent flights to remote areas are primarily cargo missions and have few seats available for passenger movement. Expect long waiting periods for movement.
Question 34: I am retired and am traveling on a passport and my flight originated overseas. Where in the Continental United States (CONUS) can I fly into?
Answer: When traveling on a passport, all family members, retired uniform service, reserve, and others may return to the CONUS only through authorized ports of entry where customs and immigration clearance is available. While you may depart the CONUS literally from any military airfield, reentry locations for passport holders are limited. Active duty passengers who do not require immigration clearance have more reentry options available.
Question 35: Can I fly on Space-A on other than AMC flights?
Answer: Yes. Your travel eligibility is for all DoD-owned or controlled aircraft. AMC, however, does not always have knowledge of other command/services' scheduled flight information.
Question 36: Can I call the Passenger Terminal for flight information?
Answer: We can only release limited flight information up to 72 hours. However, we encourage you to call the passenger terminal you plan on traveling through 30-60 days before travel. The terminal will be happy to discuss Space-A opportunities from their location.
Question 37: Where and when can my family members travel with me?
Answer: Except EML and emergency travel, family members must be accompanied by the sponsor to fly Space-A. Family members may travel to/from and between overseas locations and within the Continental United States. Dependents of active duty members may travel within the Continental United States (CONUS) when accompanying their sponsor on emergency leave. Dependents may accompany the sponsor on permissive house-hunting trips incident to a permanent change of station (PCS). Command sponsored dependents stationed overseas are allowed unaccompanied travel to, from, and within the overseas theater (in addition to environmental morale leave previously authorized). Travel restrictions may apply to certain overseas areas as determined by the unified commander. Unaccompanied dependents must have documentation signed by their sponsor's commander verifying command sponsorship during their travel and show to Passenger Terminal personnel. This document is only valid for one round-trip from the sponsor's duty location. Family members under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an eligible parent or legal guardian. These changes do not affect the assignment categories for Space-A travel.
Question 38: May I use my Government Travel Card (GTC) or personal credit card to pay for meals and any other fees associated with AMC travel?
Answer: Yes. The Government Travel Card and personal credit cards are accepted at most AMC terminals. Contact your local and or departing terminal to ensure service is available. NOTE: The Government Travel Card is for official use only.
Question 39: As a Retiree, where can I fly?
Answer: Retired members with DD Form 2 (Blue) identification card may fly anywhere AMC has flights operating, including the Continental United States.
Question 40: NEW as of 13 August 2018. I am a Disabled Veteran or 100% Disable Veteran but not Retired, can I fly Space-A?
Answer: Yes, With the extending of eligibility Veterans with a Permanent Service-connected Disability Rated as Total are now able to compete for travel in Space-Available Category VI, traveling in the Continental United States (CONUS) or directly between the CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa (Guam and American Samoa travelers may transit Hawaii or Alaska); or traveling within Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands
Question 41: Is Space-A travel a reasonable substitute for commercial airline travel?
Answer: The Answer depends on you. Space Available travel may be a good travel choice if you have a flexible schedule and your finances allow for a hotel stay (sometimes in a "high-cost" area) while awaiting movement. While some travelers may sign up and travel the same day, many factors could come together and make buying a commercial ticket your best or only option. Traveling Space-A depends on flexibility and good timing.
Question 42: Who determines eligibility to fly Space-A?
Answer: The four services jointly establish Space-eligibility. AMC's first responsibility is airlifting official DoD travelers. Space-A seats can be offered only after official duty passengers and cargo.
Question 43: How long does my name stay on the Space-A list?
Answer: All travelers remain on the list for 60 days after registration, for the duration of their travel authorization, or until they are selected for travel.
Question 44: What is country sign-up, and how does it affect me?
Answer: Under this program, you may sign up for five different countries rather than five different destinations.