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Student discounts for non-students

Clark Behind The Headlines

From HLN's Money Expert Clark Howard

How young are you?  How young do you feel?

Well, I’ve got a tip for you I saw from travel writer Michelle Higgins that even if you’re not a student, or even if you’re not young like a typical college student, you may be eligible for a number of student deals on airfares and travel.

In fact, Michelle put a number of student travel websites to the test against a number of travel search engine websites. I know you hear me talk about, and I consistently found cheaper prices available through the various student organizations.

One of them is STA Travel. They’re promoting what is called “Flights For Everyone, Regardless Of Your Age.” And they have a variety of negotiated deals that are significantly cheaper than what you could find otherwise. Another group called Student Universe recently extended its student programs to non-students up to age 25.  So it’s not for everybody, but there is an opportunity to get special deals. Student City, which specializes in vacation packages, now allows its discounts to be used by people of any age.

There have always been special promotions and fare programs and packages that have been available to select groups. The student market has always been one of the most lucrative areas for the travel industry, and there were always things geared toward them. You’d think students wouldn’t have any money at all, but many of them have a lot more than you might suspect because of money they get from their parents. So check it out these student travel sites and look for the deals.

What most of us do is we decide in advance where we want to go, when we want to go, then we start looking for the prices we can get for the where and the when.  One thing I never want you to forget - and it is the most important travel rule that I have - you buy the deal, then figure out why you want to go there.  You’ll see the whole world, and you’ll see it much cheaper than you would otherwise.

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