Flying to College on the Cheap As Fares Rise, Students and Teachers Can Still Snare Deals
By SCOTT MCCARTNEY
Higher airfares have raised the cost of higher education, from trips home for college students at Thanksgiving to study-abroad semesters. But two little-known companies that negotiate big discounts with airlines can save hundreds of dollars for students and their ticket-buying parents.
Even though airlines have piled on fees and eliminated most special discounts like senior-citizen fares and half-price tickets for young children, one vestige of airline goodwill remains. Several air carriers still offer special deals for students — and teachers as well.
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Northwestern University student Mollie Schoenwald looks through her bags before departing for a family gathering in Texas at O’Hare International Airport in November 2006.