(Note: This post is excerpted from an article published by the Million Mile Secrets. We have the publisher’s permission to share it with our readers. Because almost all of our readers are college-bound students, we excerpted the content only related to “Student Discounts.” Enjoy the discounts!)
If you fall under one of these categories, we’ve done the research for you and compiled a list of airlines and hotels that offer travel discounts to help you save your hard-earned cash!
Groups Eligible for Travel Discounts
As valuable as miles and points can be, sometimes you don’t have a choice but to pay out of pocket for travel. Perhaps you have a last-minute flight and there’s are no available award seats, or the hotel you want to book does not take any of your points.
Fortunately, if you’re a member of one of the following groups, you could be eligible for significant travel discounts for hotels and airfare.
- Military & Government Personnel
Student Travel Discounts
- Student Universe: If you are a student between the ages of 18 and 25, you can receive special discounts on flights and hotels
- STA Travel: Flights are available for all ages here, but certain itineraries have special rates for students under the age of 26
- CheapOair: Those between the ages of 16 and 25 may be eligible to receive special discounts when booking through their website
- Generation Fly: Lufthansa’s student travel program, you’re eligible as long as you provide an eligible .edu email address
- Travel Cuts: A Canadian-based student travel agency, you’ll be able to book a number of flights, hotels, and other travel-related tours and guides through the website
- Student Advantage Card: By paying a low annual fee, you’ll receive tons of travel discounts, including 10 to 50% savings over sites like Expedia, Orbitz, and Priceline
It may also pay off to carry your student ID card with you when you travel because you never know which shops or retailers may have student discounts. For example, on my recent trip to Italy, I received a student discount for museum tickets when I presented my University of California graduate-level student ID card.
As a student, you may also want to consider applying for an ISIC card. ISIC stands for International Student Identity Card and is the only internationally-recognized student ID. The ID is available in both plastic and mobile versions, allowing you to instantly provide proof of your status as a student. Furnishing this card at certain retailers and travel agencies could qualify you for even more discounts, and you’re eligible to apply for the card as long as you’re a full-time student over the age of 12.