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Military Space A Travel FAQ
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1.1) What is Space A?

Space A is short for "space available air transportation on government
owned or controlled aircraft."  Now you know why people shorten it to
Space A :-) Basically Space A is a byproduct of military aircraft and
commercial charter flights that are scheduled by the Department of
Defense to perform military missions.  When mission and cargo loads
allow, there are often seats made available to eligible people.  With
a little bit of patience and flexibility, you can travel all over the
world for almost nothing.

1.2) Is Space A travel a reasonable substitute for airline travel?

That depends on what your goals are.  Success with Space A travel
depends on flexibility and good timing.  If your schedule is flexible
and you have the financial resources to cover the "worst case"
scenario (paying for a hotel for several days and then flying home
commercial), space available travel can save you money most of the
time.  In fact, if the place you want to visit is a remote military
base that is difficult to reach by commercial flights, Space A might
actually be more convenient than trying to arrange commercial flights.

1.3) Will Space A travel cost much?

In general, no.  There is a head tax on CONUS outbound or federal
inspection fee on CONUS inbound international commercial charters.
Meals may be purchased at a nominal fee (usually under $3.00) at of
most air terminals.  Meal service on Air Force commercial charter
flights is free.  And 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.  As a rule of thumb, figure that a
domestic Space A trip will average between $25 and $50 each way,
depending on how frugal you are (e.g. take a bus vs. rent a car) and
how lucky you are (e.g. get a room on base vs. pay for a hotel room).

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