Traveling to Hawaii with a student ID can give you a variety of financial benefits. With your ID, you can get discounts on airfare, lodging, food and activities: a boon to a student budget. Before you begin your travel planning, be sure your student ID is current and features a photo of you. If there are any problems with your ID, you will need to get a letter from your college registrar indicating that you are enrolled before you can get an International Student ID card.
An ISID card can get you to the Hawaii volcanoes for less.
Step 1Obtain an International Student ID card. While Hawaii is not an international location from mainland U.S., the ISIC is the most commonly recognized student discount card in any tourist location. Apply for your ISIC online, with a student-focused travel agency such as STA or AESU or at your university. You will need proof that you are a full-time student, proof of your birth date and a passport-sized photo. Cards are valid for 12 months.
Step 2Book your flight to Hawaii through a student-centered travel agency. These agencies accept your ISIC as proof that you are a full-time student and can help you find special student-discounted fares to Hawaii. Consider booking your ticket at STA, AESU, Student Universe or Student Travel Services.
Step 3Search and bookmark the locations in Hawaii that offer student discounts. Go to the ISIC webpage and click on the “discounts” tab at the top of the page. Enter “Hawaii” in the “Search for Student Discounts” field and click “Search.” The search engine will locate and list discounts available to students. The variety of discounts includes lodging, in-town travel, restaurants and cafes, shipping, shopping and activities.
- Don’t forget to pack your ISIC and your school ID. It’s also a good idea to make photocopies of both and pack them in a separate place from your IDs.
- Even if a discount isn’t listed on the ISIC site, it never hurts to ask a vendor if they do offer student discounts. Some places don’t advertise their discounts or prefer not to list them with ISIC.
- Lava flow, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii image by John Penisten fromFotolia.com
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