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Any Other Airline With "Student Benefits"?  
User currently offlineJetSOUTHEAST From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3963 times:

I know AirTran has X-Fares for people between the age of 18-22 that is only 69.00 per segment (Really 59.00 but I included the taxes) and I use it alot. Are there any other airlines that have/had similar programs? Delta seems to be letting this slip through their fingers with their "Simplifares" and ignoring the mass amounts of people taking advantage of lower fares, not to mention the potential FF's FL might gain.

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User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

I've flown DL and AR whit special student fares during the last 3 years, on the EZE-JFK and EZE-ATL routes. For the other part of the trip( to ORD) I had to pay the full fare,usually on AA or ATA.(when not flying DL).


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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3914 times:

How does one go about getting student fares?

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3879 times:

Sorry if I sound somewhat surprised, but... you're kidding, right?

Almost all bigger, and dozens of smaller, airlines offer youth- and student-fares, and there are several companies specialising in this field:

STA Travel
CTS Travel
Student Universe

Look up their websites (or one of their agencies) and you'll get all the info you need.

As for DL ignoring the people who use discounted fares with their Simplifares structure: back when I worked in a regular travel agency (I'm now employed with one of the above mentioned companies), I was always surprised when people came in and asked about getting the cheapest fare and going on to say that they wanted a student fare: to that, I frequently replied that they would actually have to make up their minds between the two, because, often enough, a special offer will be cheaper than a student fare.

Student fares are usually a lot cheaper if you need a long maximum stay, or low rebooking fees, or the possibility of having a ticket with an open return - but if you're just thinking about flying somewhere for the weekend or for 1 to 3 weeks, the normal special fares will, quite often, be cheaper.

Just as an example: If a regular fare on XX airlines for a specific flight is $500, with a student fare of $350 being offered, while DL's new structure offers the same for $250 with no further student discount being offered, are they really ignoring students, or are they simply offering an even better fare to everyone?


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User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3867 times:

SAA has a youth fare which is 2/3 of the adult price.

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User currently offlineBAPILOT2B From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 928 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3804 times:

BMI have HSBC graduate fares fixed £69.99 return fares inc taxes on alot of routes  Big grin.

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User currently offlineACAfan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 710 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3781 times:

Independence has 20% discount for students.

I believe Southwest has 10% off for youth

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User currently offlineBA DC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3776 times:

Im sure SAS has youth/student fares, or definitely used to. I remember getting to Shanghai with them on a reduced fair ticket when I was doing voluntary work in my gap year.

User currently offlineUALPHLCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3696 times:

UA has a whole college program including special MP offers and stuff.

I think its pretty standard throughout the industry. If you don't have one you lose out on a segment that will be your future customers.

User currently offlinePgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 819 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3641 times:

ACAfan...is that DH student discount applied across the board to all flights or does one have to go through a student travel agency to get them? I have never heard nor seen anything about a DH discount.


User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

You can call Indy air and purchase student ticket, but if you call your ticket will be priced higher so if you book your ticket online you will get the same price  Smile


User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3609 times:

I bought a youth ticket on LX in January one-way JFK-GVA at the airport 1 hour before departure. It was $390 as opposed to $1500+ for the normal walk-up fare. That was a good deal!

User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3547 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3592 times:

KLM to

User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2913 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3571 times:

All Indian Passenger Airlines offer discounts for students upto 30% infact Air india also offers 20 kg extra baggage allowance for international students from India to UK and US

User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3504 times:

Leskova is right.I needed to keep my ticket open for a year, so it wasn't that expensive with that special fare.Otherwise it would've been more expensive.
But in comparison to a let's say, 20 days trip was more expensive.

EZE-JFK for a month or less was 1700 pesos.
same route for a year was 2100 pesos.


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