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Why are specials so often for under 26s only???

Travel Forums General Talk Why are specials so often for under 26s only???

1. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

Everytime I check on prices for my husband (28) and myself I find great offers, but only for people under 26. (it starts with simple traintickets and ends with ARW tickets)

Why's that? There are students older than 26, so that point doesn't count.

Do you have an idea?

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Kathi

I think it is an old fashioned idea, from the times, when people lived their lives, in a straight line.
School, university, work, marriage, mortgage, kids, or another conservative combination. By the time they were 26, they were earning well. It is not the case, these days. People dont live their lives, like that anymore. We are more complicated. We can be any age, and still have little money, or else 15 and be rich.


3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

i reckon its cos after the age of 26 people have more money and better manage there spending which means they have more money!

also most people travel under the age of 26 then over the age of 26...

i bought a flight ticket costing me 300euro to travel all around australia for 30 days as many times as i like...if i was over 26 then it be a no no! and i would get shafted $$$

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I guess they believe that when you are under 26, you are more likely to be struggling finance wise being a student or living at home with your parents, but after 25 most people no longer live at home with their parents and a lot of people that are travelling have got a career or at least a decent paid job to go back to. Even though it isn't always the case, they just take it as it being the case like was the case years ago.

Not that I am experienced with the whole over 25 student thing, but from what I have seen if you are 28 or whatever age and are a student, you would still be entitled to a student discount given that you have proof of being a student. I know that when I was in Russia, a guy who would have been in his mid thirties had an old student card and was able to get the student rate as they didn't check the date of the card. He didn't look like the stereotype of a student traveller, but he still got the discount.

Maybe it is not the same in all countries with regards to mature age students and getting a cheaper price.