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Military Moving Discounts

July 9th, 2014 - 3:51 PM


Military Discounts for Moving

As a member of the military (or a family member), you're probably very familiar with discounts offered by companies as a token of appreciation for your service. You may have encountered these with things like buying a car, eating at a restaurant or visiting an amusement park. Go ahead and add moving to the list, too. With a little research, you’ll find that several moving companies (including U-Pack) offer military moving discounts. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can save on your military move.

Though many military members have the option of doing a government-paid full-service move, there’s also the option of doing a PPM (Personally Procured Move)—this is where you’ll find the most bang for your buck when it comes to military discounts.  In most cases, a PPM means doing some of the work on your own, but if you’re willing and able, it’s almost always worth the savings.  

The most popular options considered for this type of discounted military move are “you pack, we drive” self moves and truck rental.

Is truck rental a good deal for military moving?

For many, truck rental is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about discounted moving solutions. While there’s no question that it’s cheaper than full-service moving, when you add extra expenses like fuel, taxes, damage coverage and highway tolls, it’s not always the lowest cost option—and it certainly isn’t the most convenient.

So, before you pick up the truck and drive it yourself, add up the extras to calculate the real cost of truck rental (this fuel calculator will help). Will you need to tow a personal vehicle so you’re free to drive the rental truck? If so, tack on a little extra for the tow dolly or trailer.

So how can I do a military move at a lower rate?

If you’ve spent much time researching military discounts, you may have heard of U-Pack—the PPM move specialists. A “you pack, we drive” self-move is a great way to put money back in your pocket. U-Pack rates are based on the linear footage your shipment takes up in the trailer, or the number of ReloCubes you use. You pack and load your belongings, and we’ll drive it to your destination. And you might be surprised to learn that when you’re moving long distance, the price can be comparable to truck rental.

Though rates are based on space instead of weight, if you’re doing a PPM, we can add both full and empty weight tickets at your request. And, our dedicated military moving specialist will track your shipment across the country to make sure you have everything you need for a successful reimbursement.

How do I move with U-Pack?

Start by getting a quote online or call 800-413-4799. Just mention that you’re a service member, and we’ll automatically add your $50 military moving discount.

When you get ready to reserve your move, select weight tickets if you need them, and let us know your branch of service. With this information, your discount and weight ticket request will automatically be applied.

Once your move is in progress, our U-Pack Military Moving Specialist will track your shipment every step of the way to ensure weight tickets are obtained and made available to you in a timely manner.

If you have questions about how U-Pack works for PPM Moves, or you need more information about the military discounts available for your move, please leave a comment below or call us at 800-413-4799!

Thank you for your service to our country!

For more information on PCSing and military moving, check out these other helpful resources:

Military Weight Tickets
Permanent Change of Station – Now What?
Military Moving
Questions about moving to an army base