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8 Best Ways to Find Cheap Student Flights (2019)

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You’re scrolling through the ‘Gram — hashtag: travel. Suddenly your phone screen is an endless stream of dreamy photos. You know, the ones with the turquoise water, evergreen trees and gorgeous people. The caption is cheesy. And you’re more than a little jealous. 

“Wish I was there,” you think to yourself. But why aren’t you? Reality check. You’re broke financially challenged. 

Don’t sweat it. I’ve rounded up the eight best ways to find cheap student flights. You’ll have a ticket to paradise in no time.

1. Travel Cuts

Desktop view of Travel Cuts website for cheap student flights

Flight search? Check. Festival tours? Check. Food and drink guides, beach and surf culture, volunteering, living and working abroad? All of the above. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The people at Travel Cuts can help you find cheap student flights—and just about anything else that’s travel-related too. Not only are you booking airfare at a great price, you can get your whole itinerary. They can even help you save on travel insurance. Discounts, and tons of options to make your trip as memorable as can be. Do yourself a favor; check it out.

2. Generation Fly

Generation Fly is the brainchild of German airline Lufthansa. That should tell you one thing: these guys know travel. They can help you find cheap student flights in their sleep. The catch? You need to be between the ages of 12 and 25, be a student in the United States, and have a functional email address ending in ‘.edu’. If that sounds like you, you’ll have access to the best student fares with Lufthansa airlines, one year overseas, at least one free date change, and more. It’s easy, just sign up on their site.

Hint: The best prices are typically for European destinations.

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3. Student Flights (AU)

Desktop view of Student Flights AU website for cheap student flights

What’s so special about Student Flights (AU)? Well, let’s start with their physical store locations. If you’re in Australia, and prefer face-to-face interaction, walk in to chat with one of SFA staff. Next, they’ll help you with your entire trip: flights, accommodations, tours, deals and insurance. Not convinced? They have an inspirational blog and a great website (and customer support line) to take you through the entire planning process and then some. Sweet deals. Lots of help. And world travel. I can’t think of a better combination.

4. STA Travel

STA is short for Start The Adventure. When it comes to cheap student flights, they take this slogan to heart. Read their blog for a dose of inspiration. Next, go through their list of discounts for international and local flights, bus rides, trains and more. While you’re at it, grab a free promo code too. New student discounts pop up every week. So you can save money anywhere you go. Last but not least, their website is a breeze to use.

5. Secret Flying

Desktop view of Secret Flying website for cheap student flights

Irony: Secret Flying is far from being the relatively unknown travel hacking site it once was. That said, it’s still one of the best resources to find cheap (student) flights on the web. Not a day goes by that new deals on international (as well as domestic) flights from Canada and the US don’t appear on this site. Like many of the best discount sites, it pays to sign up for alerts. Get daily deals sent to your inbox. See the world on a student budget, one trip at a time.

6. Daily Trip Hack

On the surface, Daily Trip Hack may seem like another website trying to help you find mediocre deals. But look a little closer. DTH delivers a lot more. For starters, you’ll get anywhere from 3-7 cheap flights weekly—everything from ’round the world trips to weekend getaways. Next, if you become a premium member, you’ll have access to a 24/7 travel concierge. Finally, if something goes wrong with your purchase, you’ll have 30 days to get your money back. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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7. Student Universe

Desktop view of Student Universe website for cheap student flights

Nineteen years (and counting)—that’s how long Student Universe has been in the discount game. Cheap student flights are their specialty. They have a partnership with a company called Boro (to help you pay for your trip in installments). Did I mention their cash prize giveaways? If you think it’s too good to be true, read their testimonials. They’ve even listed some of “the best flight deals ever purchased on their site” as proof. Join their travel squad right now. You’ll be glad you did.

8. School Resources Page

Little known fact: most colleges and universities have travel resource pages. The goal? Help faculty, staff and students travel conveniently and affordably. Schools often list some of the best online travel agencies, airline and flight search engines. Some institutions even go as far as offering discount codes based on agreements with certain travel companies. There’s no science behind it. It’s on a case-by-case basis. But if you’ve run out of options (unlikely) and are in a hurry to book a trip, it’s worth considering.

These 8 ways to land cheap student flights can help get you across the world in no time. But always shop around, because student fares aren’t always the best price. Once your trip is booked, be sure to read our 101 travel tips for a perfect trip. They could be the difference between the best and worst trip of your life.