If you are one of the disbelievers, you need to check out this week’s Budget Travel section of the NY Times. You no longer have to be a college kid to get a break:
Student travel agencies are beginning to actively court nonstudents and older travelers, extending their low prices to the not-so-youthful set. Though it has quietly offered discounts to nonstudents for years, STA Travel began actively promoting “flights for everyone” on its home page late last year, highlighting sales and negotiated discounts available to travelers of any age…
Apparently they’re not the only one deciding to cash in on boomer spring breakers; Student City doesn’t shout it from the rooftops, but acknowledges it’s discounted vacation packages aren’t age restricted. How good are the deals you can get? According to the article, you can expect 10 to 25 percent below the going rate.
Some of deepest discounts are found in the package vacations and group tours. But “wait,” you say, “Won’t I be constantly surrounded by beer pong-playing boys and girls gone wild?” According to an “over 50” librarian (we’re not making this up!) interviewed for the article, it ain’t necessarily so:
But the 15-person group (to Rajasthan over New Year’s – again, not making this up!) turned out to be “a really nice mix” of ages and nationalities including a college professor, older couples traveling with their college-age children and two other librarians – one from New Zealand and one from Australia. “I wasn’t even the oldest person,” she said.
Well now, three librarians in a tour group sounds a little too “girls gone mild” for most boomers we know…but you get the idea: student discounts are still available for those of us who haven’t been to college since streaking was popular.