In this segment, we explore the nifty and thrifty ways to secure amazing deals on flight tickets, the various student discounts that many flight carriers offer for students, and how to avail them. There are also a few websites and apps that allow students to avail the full benefits of being a university student, and I have explored these here as well.
One of the most famous domestic carriers is Indigo, being quite reliable and cheap for inter-city and inter-state commute. They also offer lucrative student deals, so make sure to download their app and check out what student discounts they are currently offering. Also make sure that when you are booking your tickets, always select the student option. This applies to most airlines, as this has several benefits. Certain airlines offer extra baggage allowance, while others may also offer a discount on the final ticket price.
Next, if you do not have a travel agent and have to book your own tickets, do not worry. Skyscanner is a website that can be of great help. It allows you to choose your own connections, whether you want to fly direct or via, and whether you want a single or return ticket. Upon elaborating your preferences, the website searches through a tonne of other websites such as official carrier websites and Expedia and Trivago, for the best deals, and returns them in a cohesive manner. This will allow you to compare and select flights tuned to your comfort. A pro-tip is to always use the incognito tab on your computer while searching for flights, this will make sure that companies cannot track you, helping you to get the best deal.
Lastly, always check with your university. Many universities, at the start of the year, ply special buses to popular airports like London Heathrow or London Gatwick, so make sure you make a note of that to save on taxi costs! Moreover, consult the academic calendar and choose your flight dates wisely. Certain dates, such as a week before the start of the semester, or the week after the end of the semester, are when flight ticket prices hit the roof, because of the large volume of students returning home. Sometimes, adjusting your own dates by one or two days can make quite a difference!