Exchange shoppers maximize military community support with MILITARY STAR

Exchange shoppers maximize military community support with MILITARY STAR

by Vincent Lesesne
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

Yokota Air Base – When Yokota Exchange shoppers use their MILITARY STAR® card, the benefit goes far beyond their own wallets.

Cardholders earn rewards points and enjoy everyday discounts on food and fuel, but also help make the Yokota community stronger. When shoppers use MILITARY STAR, the Yokota Exchange avoids costly bank transaction fees—savings that totaled $83,694 in 2021.

Worldwide, using MILITARY STAR saved Exchanges more than $20 million last year. The savings increase Exchange earnings, 100% of which are re-invested in military communities through support of critical Quality-of-Life programs and capital improvements.

In the last 10 years, the Exchange has contributed $3.5 billion to military Quality-of-Life programs, which serve military members and their families.

“Using MILITARY STAR has a positive ripple effect,” said Yokota Exchange General Manager Julia Woods. “Just like shopping at the Exchange, it’s a way to save money and strengthen the Yokota community at the same time.”

The MILITARY STAR card, available exclusively to service members, retirees, Veterans, military dependents and Department of Defense civilians, is accepted at all Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Navy Exchange Service Command, Marine Corps Exchange, Coast Guard Exchange and Defense Commissary Agency stores. Combined, these organizations saved $30.8 million in transaction fees with MILITARY STAR in 2021.

Other benefits of the card include:

  • 10% discount on all first-day purchases for new cardholders.
  • 10% off at participating Exchange restaurants.
  • 5 cents off every gallon of gas at Exchange fuel locations and select Navy Exchange and Marine Corps Exchange locations.
  • Rewards points earned on purchases.
  • No late, annual or over-limit fees.
  • Same low APR for all cardholders, regardless of credit score.
  • Reduced-interest deployment plan with no payments required for eligible customers.

Visit the Yokota Exchange for more information or to apply for a MILITARY STAR card.

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