Below are some of the most common questions we are asked. Click on a question to view the answer.
If you have a question that is not listed below, please contact us.
A. No. At the present time, we have many veterans on our national waiting list and thousands more who will apply this year. It is doubtful that we will get to every deserving veteran in time. Hundreds of WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans have have become too ill or passed away while patiently waiting their turn. The only spouses who are permitted to go are those who are eligible veterans themselves.
A. No. To be eligible for an Honor Flight, you must be a veteran who has served in the U.S. military.
A. The cost is FREE for veterans traveling on Honor Flight. The only money you need to bring is that which you plan to have available to purchase incidentals not covered in the trip, such as souvenirs.
A. Probably! So long as they meet the application criteria and there is space available. Due to the many logistics involved in planning a trip of this magnitude with SAFETY being the top priority, selection of your guardian is not guaranteed. We will do our very best to accommodate your request.
A. Typically the age range is from 18-65. Guardians must be in good health, able to walk 3 miles, stand for 30-45 minutes, push a wheelchair up a slight incline, and be willing to assist with other trip duties as called upon.
A. Once selected as a guardian for a Puget Sound Honor Flight trip, a donation of $1,000 ($1025 if paid online) is due six weeks prior to the trip to cover travel expenses. Payment deadline will be noted in your Guardian Welcome Letter. The Guardian travel package includes roundtrip airfare (Seattle-Baltimore), two nights shared hotel accommodations, all meals, transfers, tour bus, t-shirt and goodie bag.
As a 501(c)(3), donations to Puget Sound Honor Flight are tax-deductible.
Please consult your tax professional.
A. Puget Sound Honor Flight gratefully accepts donations via mail or online using a credit/debit card, from anyone EXCEPT our veterans still on our list awaiting their Honor Flight trip. We feel that these veterans have given enough.
A. Veterans are flown on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date their application is received at PSHF. Within the applicants, top priority is currently given to WWII and Korean War service era veterans and any veterans diagnosed with a terminal illness. We are currently working through our waitlist of Vietnam veterans and look forward to continually making progress down that list.
A. Our funding comes primarily from individuals across the country who recognize the great accomplishments and sacrifices of veterans and want them to see their memorial before it’s too late. Other significant contributors include our corporate sponsors, including Alaska Airlines and Talking Rain. Additionally, we receive contributions and support from fraternal organizations like local American Legion, VFW, Am Vets, DAV, MOPH, posts and chapters.
A. WHEELCHAIRS – About 50% of the veterans we have transported over the past three years were in wheelchairs. Our deluxe motor coaches are ordered based upon this fact. Many of our coaches are equipped with wheelchair lifts.
OXYGEN – Portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) are not provided. It is up to the veteran to procure their own for the trip. You must carry an ample supply of fully charged batteries to power the POC for no less than 150% of the duration of the flight and ground connection time for unanticipated delays (nine (9) hours' worth). Based on availability, PSHF may be able to assist in providing room concentrators at the hotel as requested. Reference the link below for more information regarding Alaska Airlines policies for traveling with oxygen and respiratory devices:
If a veteran applicant receives a terminal diagnosis, please notify us and someone on our medical team will reach out to determine travel priority. The veteran will most likely then be placed on the top of our list for the next available flight. If there are additional questions or concerns, you may email Renée Peavey at email@example.com.
A. Yes...but. We ask that you do not add your frequent flyer number to our group reservation until after the trip.
Once we've returned from Washington DC most* of our group can request that miles be applied retroactively from Alaska Airlines or any of their airline partners.
To request Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles for from your Puget Sound Honor Flight trip, visit alaskaair.com/retrocredit, and have your ticket number (from your boarding pass) ready.
*Some veterans on each trip travel on tickets donated in full by Alaska Airlines. Those tickets are not eligible for frequent flyer miles.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles, once earned, can be donated to Honor Flight Network's Lone Eagle program. Lone Eagle provides trips to veterans who do not live near an existing Honor Flight Hub. Learn more at alaskaair.com/donatemiles
Puget Sound Honor Flight does not accept frequent flyer mile donations directly.