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Youth and Student Flights: Book International Fares at Travelstart

Why pay full price when you can travel for less? Africa’s leading online travel agency, Travelstart, brings you the biggest savings on student flights to selected destinations. Whether you’re jet-setting on a gap year or planning to study abroad, we offer huge discounts on airfares and packages. Take advantage of our student flight specials today, and see more of the world for less! Seats are limited, so book your student flights now before they sell out!

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Youth & Student flights: travel for less

Travelling is not always as simple as just booking a flight ticket. As a student with a low budget, trying to find cheap student flights can be a challenge. Our student flights and specials will make your life a little bit easier. Find amazing student flight discounts and holiday packages at your fingertips. Get all the information you need about student visas, and save money with our travelling tips.

To book youth and student flights, follow the steps below. Anybody between 12 and 35 years old can apply!
(See Terms and Conditions below).

What you need to do:
  1. Call us on 021 020 0559 or email us at travelbar@travelstart.com
  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 time to find affordable student flights

They say the best time to travel is when you are young and adventurous. In reality, travelling can be expensive and it is not always easy to find affordable student travel packages or student flights on a budget. This is why choosing when you travel is key to finding the best student flight deals. During off-season, airlines need to fill up their planes, so they tend to offer large discounts.

Travelling during “dead zones” is popular amongst students. “Dead zones” are what the travel industry refers to as the unpopular travel periods. Not only are there plenty of great flight deals and holiday packages to choose from, you’ll also be travelling without bustling crowds. A few examples of “dead zones” throughout the year include:

  • The first two weeks of December
  • January (from around the 7th to mid-February)
  • Autumn (except for Spring Break weeks in March/ April in the US)
  • Spring (from late August to October)
  • Flying on Christmas Day

Winter is generally a good time to travel, unless you’re planning a luxury ski trip. Start planning your trip now and take advantage of discounted student flights during these off-peak times!

The most popular student travel destinations for South African students

Travelling is expensive, and travelling on a weak currency doesn’t exactly make budgeting an easy task. We know how important it is to travel when you’re young and satisfy that curious wanderlust. We also know you don’t want to be putting yourself in financial debt. So, we’ve put together a few idyllic destinations that are ideal for student travellers and won’t have you breaking the bank. Who said you can’t have the best of both?

1. Egypt

Egypt is not only a destination famous for its iconic ancient sites, but there is a variety of affordable attractions, from the Red Sea and the markets in Cairo, to the rich heritage of Port Said, making 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 the year. Best of all - most sight-seeing activities are very budget friendly, if not free.

Compare and book flights to Antananarivo

3. Hungary

This country’s capital is an overlooked holiday destination which is not only affordable, but also filled with intriguing history and sites to leave you breathless, without breaking the bank.

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, lively culture and great student holiday packages.

Compare and book flights to Rio de Janeiro

5. Colombia

Every traveller’s dream with lush Amazonian rainforests, sandy beaches and fascinating culture, this is an affordable destination 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 an exotic variety of inexpensive street food. China’s wild adventures and value for money is a student’s dream.

Compare and book flights to Shanghai

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 travelbar@travelstart.com 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 from start to finish can be quick, easy and safe when booking student flights through Travelstart. The great news is that you don’t even need a credit card to purchase your flights! Travelstart is an official beneficiary of the major banks in South Africa, so you are able to purchase any of our amazing flight specials or holiday packages via 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?

Anyone who wants to enter a new country generally needs to obtain a visa. This could either be a non-immigrant visa for a 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 so be sure to start the application in time! If you’re not travelling as part of a study or exchange programme, you’ll need to apply for a tourist visa, depending on your destination. You can read up on the application processes for applying for your Schengen visa, USA visa, UK visa and Australian visa.

To take the hassle out of visa applications, there are plenty of visa-free countries for South African passport holders waiting to be explored!

Money saving tips while travelling

Travelling does not have to be that expensive. All it takes is a little bit of planning and being savvy with your money. Follow these smart student travel tips and save money while exploring the world, one continent at a time:

Travelling to Europe? Do it on the cheap.

Travelling during off-season in Europe is the best time to travel if you are looking for discounted student flights. Between April - May, and September - November are the best months that offer student flight discounts and holiday package deals, giving you the best value for money.

Visiting a new place, especially Europe, can be costly if you’re not familiar with prices and the general cost of living. Good news is that there is always a cheaper way to travel anywhere. Travelling like the locals is something that can save you a lot of money. A great tip is to always eat local – if you walk past a café that’s packed with locals, you know it’s good and affordable.

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 can customise your own pass. If this is a little out of your budget, then go green and travel around the cities by bicycle. This way you can keep fit while indulging in all the wonderful food! Stretch your budget and swap one week in France for two weeks in Croatia or Bulgaria. Places like Prague and Budapest are eclectic cities, just off the Western Europe radar, that are brimming with history, art and incredible food.

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 the right information on student flights and travelling tips, hopefully the next few years of student life will be filled with plenty of travelling adventures and a lifetime of memories.

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