Airfare

When searching for airfare, keep these things in mind:

  • Follow the guidance of your program or faculty director.
  • Search 2-3 sites to get a sense of prices, connections, airlines that service your destination, etc.
  • Don't immediately go for the cheapest ticket. Before buying, ensure that the company/website you are purchasing from is reputable and provides good customer service.
  • Pay attention to the terms of the ticket. Is it transferable, flexible, or at least partially refundable? It's fine if it's not, but know what you are purchasing.
  • Don't procrastinate. You can sometimes find last-minute deals when traveling for leisure, when you have flexibility with dates and sometimes even the destination, but for an international flight with rigid dates and destination, you will very likely pay more the longer you wait to buy the ticket, and significantly more if you wait until the last minute.
  • Price, flight schedules, airlines, connection times, frequent flier miles, and other factors may all affect your final purchasing decision
  • Do not forget to inform your program provider or OCS of your travel plans right away.

Here are a few travel websites to begin your flight search:

Student Universe
StudentUniverse provides students with exclusive, significantly discounted airfares to many destinations.

STA Travel
STA Travel offers competitive airfare for students, with student discounts as high as 30%.

Expedia
Reputable website for booking travel worldwide.

Hipmunk
Website that graphs available flights by "agony index." Recommended for use as a research tool. Book directly on the airline's website.