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YHA Cards, Nomads Cards, VIP Backpackers Cards - Worth it?

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1. Posted by Suz2424 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

Hi guys

I am in two minds about buying one or two of the above cards before I leave for my trip to Oz for a year - Any advice - Are they worth it? I think they are only £10-£15 each so do the discounts make them worthwhile?

Thanks

2. Posted by Monkey74 (Budding Member 65 posts) 8y

Hi Suz

yeah I think they worth it, especially YHA if you intend to use their hostels. You get better night rate(in NZ around $3per night, not sure on Oz) plus comes with list of other discounts available so might be something there that might be handy for you.
Dont think u can go wrong for the money.

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

I'd say yes they are worthwhile. If you're looking at a YHA card then look at the SYHA (Scottish YHA) rather than England/Wales - membership is cheaper for SYHA than it is YHA, and you can live in England/Wales (or elsewhere) to join the SYHA!

4. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

G'Day Suz,

Yes definitely get a card it's well worth it. I'd recommend the YHA card which in Europe is called Hi or Hostelling International. I'm a life member and the benefits are not just in the cost of a bed but also the discounts available all over the world.

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 8y

I got a YHA card when I was in Oz and it was definitely worth it. apart from the discounts, in hostels you can also use them on Greyhound buses - I think I made up the cost of mine in one journey between Darwin and Alice Springs with the discount I got.

6. Posted by Traveloat (Budding Member 53 posts) 8y

I have just ordered a YHA card - they're doing a special deal at the moment - you can get them for £5 for an adult card if you call them before 31st July - just quote summerblitz 2008...!

I think if you quote the same promotional code you also get cheaper family membership - maybe for £10 - but i'm not certain about that...!

Have fun saving money

7. Posted by Suz2424 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

Thanks for all your replies gyus - Much help!!

Cheers Traveloat - I have just called and brought a years membership for a fiver - wicked!!! Thanks for that, was really great to know!!!

8. Posted by Dave73 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

So I'm really late in responding to this thread but wanted to let you know that the Nomads Card is a really good one because you get loads of dicsounts on all sorts of stuff, not just accommodation.
I just bought one in Cairns and the great barrier reef trip I went on had a discount that was more than the card cost me so it paid for itself well fast.

It's called a Mad Card now, there's some info on their website here http://nomadshostels.com/mad-card

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Dave73

So I'm really late in responding to this thread but wanted to let you know that the Nomads Card is a really good one because you get loads of dicsounts on all sorts of stuff, not just accommodation.
I just bought one in Cairns and the great barrier reef trip I went on had a discount that was more than the card cost me so it paid for itself well fast.

It's called a Mad Card now, there's some info on their website here http://nomadshostels.com/mad-card

As this post is directly relevant to the question asked I'm leaving it up, however I think it's pretty lowly of Nomads (as a pretty respected company) to go around impersonating backpackers. A wise lesson for companies trying to find their way online is to be honest about who they are and who/what they are representing. Otherwise, if you get caught out like this, then you pretty much have shot all credit with anyone ever reading this post. Most people will assume that if you misrepresent yourself in one place, it's common policy and probably your entire website should be viewed in the same light.