Preparing yourself for a vacation or trip, finding the cheapest airfare can be a bit of a headache; especially for students who already money-conscious. However, there are plenty of ways to save money and still get to your destination, on time and safely.
Amongst the different ways to save on airfare is by taking advantage of standby flights for students.
A standby flight is when you arrive at the airport at a designated time, go through the same motions you would if you had purchased the ticket the traditional way and wait by the gate of your destination flight. Since many people, for various reasons, do not make their flight – you become the seat filler. Just before the plane takes off, the Flight Attendants will walk through the plane to calculate how many seats are empty, and then compare it to their roster. After making their final boarding call for each flight, they will then allot the seats to whoever is waiting for the standby flight.
Although standby flights for students may be a bit risky and unpredictable as to whether or not you actually get on the plane – they can save you hundreds of dollars – especially when you are taking a last minute flight. As you probably know, booking a flight within the same month you are flying, nevertheless the same week, can become quite expensive.
Taking advantage of a standby flight may not be the most reliable way to travel, but it can come in quite handy when you are a student trying to save as much money as possible. Let’s face it; students are not usually bound to their school for the entire year. They will travel home for the holidays, frequent visits to the friends and family, as well as want to travel for vacations such as Spring Break. Any student can tell you that the more popular destinations for a Spring Break vacation come with a pretty hefty price tag despite how far in advance you book the flight.
Taking advantage of standby flights for students in these times can come in quite handy. Just be prepared to wait at the airport in case you do not get on the first flight out. Most airlines will allow you to wait as long as you want in attempts to catch a standby flight; it is up to you to decide when to call it quits.
Keep in mind that you can also call in advance to prepare yourself for the wait and outcome of standby flights for students. Many individual airlines will give you accurate and up to date information about how booked the flight is before you head over to the airport so you know what to expect when you arrive. If a flight is scheduled to leave tomorrow and is only half booked when you call the day before, chances are it will be much easier to get a standby ticket on the flight. However, if there are only a few seats available, you may not make the cut. Be sure to bring the funds with you to the airport because once you are given a seat, you will be expected to purchase the standby ticket before you are allowed to board the plane.