Student Travelling

Second time in a week I am stealing from someone else, but as every good student knows I am giving the citations as needed.  One day hopefully I will be one of the pros at this and I will be the one people are stealing from and giving the citations for.  Anyway, when I first began booking student travel I used an outfit in Canada called Travel Cuts, they are a student travel agency which offers student prices and also allows you to get an International Student Identification Card (ISIC), which is required for most of their services.  Well to be fair, the ISIC is not required for the services, it is only required if you want the student discount, so essentially it is required if you want to make the experience worthwhile.  Since Travel Cuts is owned by the Canadian Federation of Students, if you go to a university which is a member, you get the ISIC for free and there is usually a Travel Cuts office on your campus.  When I started grad school in the United States I found STA Travel, which is essentially the exact same thing but the American version.  The key differences being that STA is not owned by a student organisation, but rather is its own independent company.  This means you need to pay for the ISIC and the horrible looking photographs you need to put in it (22 USD), “travelling” is spelled with only one “l”, the people in the offices are generally much nicer to you than the Travel Cuts office in Toronto and services are not offered in French.  Unlike Canada though, STA is not the only travel office for students in the US, there is also a group called Student Universe.  These guys seem to be a totally online version, they do not have offices to verify that you actually are a student but instead they verify you by your .edu email address (thus leading me to believe this is only for American students).  Like everyone else they have a newsletter to sign up for as well.  An interesting note about them however is that they also have coupon codes.  One of the latest is with United Airlines.  They are offering 40 USD off of any United flight within the US departing between now and 18 December.  The promotion code is United40.  To be fair and give proper credit, Lucky posted about the United code here.


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