Learn how to fly Space A


Flying Space A

Part 1 (read Part 2)

My active duty husband, our three kids, and I recently flew Space A from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware to Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.  This was our Amazing Adventure to Germany and Austria!  One of my absolute favorite parts of this trip was flying Space A! I have put together some steps to help others be able to fly Space A.

How to Fly Space A

Our Ride to Germany! Air Force C17

What is “Space A?”

To fly “Space A” which stands for ‘Space Available’ is the civilian equivalent of flying standby.

The Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) allows military members and their families to fly on their aircraft during their routine flights to and from the United States and our overseas bases providing there is “Space Available.”

*Space A is FREE!!!*


Getting on a Space A Flight

You are ranked in priority two ways.

  •  1st by what “Category” you fall into
  • 2nd by the date that your leave began (date as it appears on your leave papers)

How to Fly Space A

Space A Priority Categories

Space A has 6 “Categories” of Priority for their passengers.

  • Cat. I:  Emergency Leave
  • Cat. II: Morale Leave
  • Cat. III: Active Duty Member and Their Dependents
  • Cat. IV: Dependents with a Deployed Active Duty Spouse
  • Cat. V: Dependents with a Non-Deployed Active Duty Spouse
  • Cat. VI: Retired Military Members and Their Dependents


*Use Air Mobility Command’s Website! 

It is a wealth of information!*


Getting on the Space A List

You have many choices to register for Space-A travel: In-person, remotely by fax, postal mail or email

How to fly Space A

Steps to Flying Space A

  1. Send your leave papers to Air Mobility Command (AMC) that you want to try to fly out of and into.
  2. Use the AMC Passenger Terminal Facebook Pages to keep up –to-date on what flights are going out, how many seats are available, and what time the roll calls are for the AMC Passenger Terminal you are trying to fly out of.
  3. Make sure you have a copy of your leave papers, passports for yourself and all of your family, and TWO forms of photo ID (one being your military ID).
  4. Show up in person to the AMC Passenger Terminal and mark yourself “Present.”
  5. Wait for “Roll Call” to see if you made it onto the flight.
  6. Embark on one of the most amazing adventures of your life!!!

How to fly space A


Read the rest of Jill’s story and more about her Space A Travel, along with her adventures at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort and a list of things to do in Edelweiss.


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About Jill

I've been a Navy wife for 14 years. We've lived in 4 cities over 6 tours and in a total of 8 houses! I love helping other military families in any way I can.


  1. Thanks for sharing this! Space A has always seemed so daunting to me. Maybe we’ll give it a try!

  2. AF Wife says:

    Were your sleeping bags considered your carry on? We’re about to fly a cargo plane, but wasn’t sure how to do sleeping bags plus carry on.

    • They did not count bags or care how much stuff we had with us. I don’t believe the sleeping bags would count though.

  3. Leslie Jones says:

    How can you get from Ramstein AFB to the Eidelweiss Resort?

    • Rent a car at Ramstein. There is an Air Force PX/Exchange Mall directly across the sidewalk from the Ramstein Terminal. There are 3 rental car places inside there.

  4. Good article – sounds like you cracked the Space-A code!!

  5. Thank you!

  6. Gina DeDominicis says:

    Not sure where to begin for flying space a, daughter is stationed at Lankenheath in England and my husband is retired military. Looking to fly in January not sure where to begin….

  7. Hey Gina- There are some great Facebook Groups that may be able to answer your specific questions. Here's a link: Space A Travlers of USA https://www.facebook.com/groups/325711150854371/

  8. Maria Strother Cayer says:

    Nil we want to go to germany this early may for my sons grad gift we have dlown space tons but never ro europe and am clueless there we do more pacific please give many any advice you have for there. We are huge jistoey nuts want to go to poland and I want to go to Rome …any advice

  9. Maria Strother Cayer says:

    Sorry for misspell meant Jill

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