|Happy to get onto this flight bound for Osan AFB in Korea.|
Today's blog is about Space Available flights (also called MAC or Space A). One of the many perks we have living abroad is being able to take advantage of these military flights. Each family member is entitled to 2 EML (morale leave) flights per year. We can fly to such places as: Korea, Hawaii, Alaska, Singapore, Guam, Okinawa, etc. We're very fortunate to live within a couple hours of two bases that offer Space A. The most important things you will need to travel are: EML orders (I got them drawn up from Justin's command) or not if you're flying in the lowest category, your passport, military ID, patience and some faith.
|I like the price for the flight.|
When taking these flights you can email or fax your orders ahead of time so that your name is in their system. This is advantageous since anyone flying in a lower category (we flew in category IV) than us, had lower priority. The reverse is also true. Anyone flying in categories I-III had higher priority than us. This did cause a bit of concern, but we still checked in upon arrival to the terminal, and tried to patiently wait until roll call. If they call your name during roll call, then you made the flight. Luckily, we were flying on a large airplane that had extra seats so we were able to make it to Korea.
The trick is to make it back to your original destination. Fortunately, we were able to get onto the flight back to Japan. This isn't always the case. That's why you need to truly look at this as an adventure, give yourself extra time, and do your research. There's always the possibility that you may have to pay for a ticket to fly on a commercial airplane if you cannot return via Space A.
While I certainly enjoyed my time in Korea, I cannot wait to take a Space A flight with my family! There are so many places for us to visit.....plus you can't beat the price!