Space-A travel is an affordable way to fly at very little cost to passengers. Military sponsors can travel alone anywhere within the CONUS or OCONUS where AMC flights travel, but military dependents must usually be accompanied by their sponsor when they choose to travel Space-A. However, are military spouses ever allowed to fly Space-A without their sponsor?
Space-A Travel during Deployment
According to the DoD, military spouses, including dependent children, can travel Space-A if their spouse is deployed for 120 consecutive days or more. If military spouses travel Space-A unaccompanied, they will travel under Category IV. This travel provision also includes military spouses of Reserve and Guard personnel who have been activated.
Military spouses who travel Space-A during their spouse’s deployment can only travel unaccompanied for the duration of the deployment. Once their spouse returns from deployment, they will need to be accompanied once more by their military sponsor, as they will no longer be eligible to fly under Category IV.
When Can Military Spouses Sign Up?
Eligible military spouses are allowed to sign up for Space-A travel no sooner than 10 days before the military sponsor’s deployment. Travel can commence on the day the member deploys, but the military spouse must ensure that they complete their journey by the last day of the deployment, as they are not authorised to travel unaccompanied without their sponsor under category IV after their sponsor returns from deployment.
Military Spouses Require a Verification Letter to Travel Unaccompanied
In order to qualify for unaccompanied Space-A travel under category IV, military spouses must have in their possession a verification letter issued from the military member’s commander, verifying the deployment. It is important to keep hold of the verification letter during travel, as this letter will need to be presented on the day of travel.
Unaccompanied Space-A travel is available to military spouses if their sponsor will be deployed for 120 consecutive days. In order to travel Space-A, you must obtain a verification letter stating that the member is about to deploy and keep this letter with you during travel. There are also provisions in place for military spouses to travel Space-A under category III when their sponsor will be deployed for more than 365 days.
MilitaryLiving.com, Department of Defence, United States of America. Unaccompanied Dependents of Deployed Military Members.