Youth and Student Flights: Book International Fares at Travelstart

Students and young travellers save more on flights to Asia with Cathay Pacific! Travellers between the ages of 20 and 35 years benefit from flights to Bali, Bangkok, Hong Kong and more from R7,999 with up to 40 Kgs luggage and one free date change!

Flight Route Trip Type Travel From Price from
Joburg to Bangkok Return 2 November 2017 - 30 June 2018 R7,999
Joburg to Tokyo Return 2 November 2017 - 30 June 2018 R10,746
Joburg to Shanghai Return 2 November 2017 - 30 June 2018 R8,152
Joburg to Bali Return 2 November 2017 - 30 June 2018 R8,999
Joburg to Phuket Return 2 November 2017 - 30 June 2018 R7,999
Hong Kong (Direct) Return 2 November 2017 - 30 June 2018 R8,746

Youth & Student flights: Travel at Lower Cost

Travelling is not as simple as just booking a flight ticket. As a student with a low budget, trying to find cheap student flights can be a challenging process. This student flights promotions page will make your life a little a bit easier. Find amazing student flight deals and holiday packages. Get all the information you need about student visa’s, and save money with the travelling tips provided underneath.

To book youth and student fares, follow the steps below: everybody between 12 and 35 years old can apply! (See the Terms and Conditions at the bottom).

What you need to do:
  1. Call us on 021 020 0559 or email us at
  2. Have your passport at hand
  3. Give us your preferred travelling dates
  4. We'll get back to you with the best available fare

Timing is everything: The best travel periods to find affordable student flights

They say that the best time to travel is when you are young, but travelling is so expensive it is often impossible to find affordable student travel packages or student flights on a budget. This is why we have researched the most penny saving travel periods: timing is everything.

Travelling during dead zones have become extremely popular amongst students. Dead zones are what the travel industry refer to as the unpopular travel periods. During these times, there are plenty of great student flights and holiday packages to choose from. A few examples of these dead zones, include:

  • The first two weeks of December.
  • January after New Year’s
  • Spring and fall, although you should never travel over the special events like ‘Spring Break’ or ‘Easter Weekend’,
    as travel prices become very expensive - even when you’re booking student flights.
Start planning your trip now, and personally find out what difference it makes to travel in those dead zones!

The most popular student travel destinations for South African students

Travelling is expensive and when travelling with a weak currency like the South African Rand often does not make holiday planning very pleasant at times. Most travellers can relate to how important it is to travel when you are young and how it is often impossible because student flights are so hard to find and travelling in generally is so expensive. Based on extensive travel research these are the cheapest student travel destinations that should be explored.

1. Egypt

Egypt is not only a destination that is famous for their memorising iconic ancient sites, but there is a variety of affordable attractions from the Red Sea to the markets in Cairo, and the rich heritage of Port Said which makes it one of the best student travel destinations.

Compare and book flights to Cairo

2. Madagascar

This island nation is home to thousands of animal species and immaculate outdoor scenery that is beautiful any time of year, the best thing is that it is considered to be an outdoor destination where most of the exploring and sight-seeing activities are very budget friendly and often times for free.

Compare and book flights to Antananarivo

3. Hungary

This capital that many forget about is a holiday destination which is not only affordable, but a great destination filled with intriguing history and sites which would leave you breathless, without even costing you millions of dollars to enjoy.

Compare and book flights to Budapest

4. Brazil

This captivating place is home to the Amazon Rainforest, glorious mountains and a vibrant atmosphere fit for any student looking for a good time and great student holiday packages.

Compare and book flights to Rio de Janeiro

5. Colombia

This country is every travellers dream with lush Amazonian rainforests, crystal blue sandy beaches and such a fascinating culture, it is an affordable holiday place every travelling student should have on their bucket list.

Compare and book flights to Bogota

6. China

This cultural melting pot is a destination with numerous amounts of natural wonders as well as a wide variety of tantalising inexpensive street food, it can definitely be considered a student’s dream.

Compare and book flights to Shanghai

There are so many destinations that can be explored with the South African Rand that many travelling students do not know of. Read more about this topic of Cheap Rand Friendly Destinations Destinations to travel to, to find out more.

How to book cheap student flights

Generally, in order to get student discounts on flights you would need to provide your student card or proof of studies during the payment process of your flights or travel packages. Most airlines offer student discount on flights, you just need to enquire about this information before booking.

Underneath you will find the different student discount cards, that can give you access to some savings on your next trip. Below is a list of the most accepted student discount cards and apps that are out there for students to take advantage of:

Looking for discounts without having to look for your student ID card?

Call us on 021 020 0559 or email us at so that we can help you!

Example Fares

Phuket New York
Harare Hong Kong
(direct: one-way)
Standard roundtrip R8210.00 per person R12850.00 per person R3895.00 per person R5774.00 per person
Youth/Student roundtrip R7420.00 per person R10880.00 per person R2920.00 per person R3925.00 per person

How to book cheap flights without using a credit card

Your entire travel experience can be quick, easy and safe as possible when booking student flights through Travelstart, even without using a credit card. The great news is that Travelstart is an official approved beneficiary at the four main banks in South Africa, so you are able to purchase any of our amazing flight specials or holiday packages with either a cash deposit or debit card. Booking flights without a credit card is not as complicated as it might seem.

How do student travel visas work?

Any citizen of a foreign country who wants to enter a new country would generally need to obtain a visa. This could either be a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. There are also student visas which allow you to study in a new country for the duration of your studies.

The four types of student visas which you can receive during your student travel experience include:

Getting a visa can be quite a struggle: make sure to start the application in time! You can find some visa-free countries to travel to as well!

Money saving tips while travelling

Travelling does not have to be that expensive. There is no reason not to still have a little extra cash in your pocket at the end of an amazing holiday. Follow these smart student travel tips and save money while exploring the world, one continent at a time:

There are many inexpensive ways of travelling through Europe

Travelling during off-season in Europe is the best time to travel if you are looking for student deals for travel. October through April in Europe are the months that offer student holiday package deals, creating the best value for money.

When visiting a new place - especially Europe - travelling can be one of the costliest expenses. Good news is that there is always a cheaper way to travel anywhere. Travelling like the locals is something that could and would save you tons of cash.

Many locals in Europe travel with Eurail as it is quick, inexpensive and convenient. You have the option of choosing between regional passes, global passes or you could build your own pass. If you think that is too expensive then you should opt for the environmentally-friendly choice of travelling around the many cities in Europe with a bicycle. The only limits of distance you have is how far and fast your legs can go.

Read the article that was written for the Travelstart blog which informs you on the cheapest airports to fly into Europe with

Europe is generally considered to be a fairly expensive place to travel, but what most travellers do not realise is that it can be very affordable and enjoyable if planned out properly. Places like Prague and Budapest are cities that most travellers, especially students, are able to travel and experience.

BONUS: Top tips for moving into residence that every student should know

Moving out as a student can be a very daunting task, here’s the top 5 tips that will prepare every student for their big milestone:

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Now that you are equipped with all this information on student flights and travelling tips, hopefully the next few years of student-life would be filled with plenty of travelling adventures and a lifetime of memories.

Be sure to stay connected to the Travelstart flight special page in order to find the best deals.

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