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1. Posted by purplefish (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Has anyone bought either a YHA card or a VIP backpackers card before going to oz? If so was it very useful? I can't decide which one to get, if any.

Thanks a lot :)

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 7y

I got a YHA card and definitely got my money's worth from it. Apart from getting members' prices in YHA hotels (around $3 less per night than non-members I think) you also get discounts on other things such as transport and attractions. I made up the cost of my card on the discount I got on my greyhound bus journey between Darwin and Alice Springs.

3. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 7y

It's worth it, also the official youth hostels are a fair bit different than your independant hostels as well.

4. Posted by Chix (Full Member 114 posts) 7y

Yup - also bought a YHA card and recommend it. I don't always stay in YHA hostels, but you usually know what you're getting with them (i.e. a certain standard of hostel) and there is usually one in pretty much every town you visit.

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting bex76

Apart from getting members' prices in YHA hotels (around $3 less per night than non-members I think)

The 3 dollars or so extra the non members pay actually goes to saving up for a YHA card. So let's say a YHA card is 30 bucks, then after spending the higher rate for ten nights you get a YHA card as well. If you aren't sure you are going to be spending more than 10 nights at YHAs, then you could consider just dropping it and seeing if you hit the 10 nights. It does give a lot of other discounts though, although you could get those on a VIP card as well for example.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

Quoting Sam I Am

The 3 dollars or so extra the non members pay actually goes to saving up for a YHA card. So let's say a YHA card is 30 bucks, then after spending the higher rate for ten nights you get a YHA card as well.

Are you certain that scheme is still running? They used to have this in New Zealand as well, but I was told they'd just discontinued it when I was there in 2003, and I can't quickly find information about it on the Australian YHA site either.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

Quoting Sam I Am

The 3 dollars or so extra the non members pay actually goes to saving up for a YHA card. So let's say a YHA card is 30 bucks, then after spending the higher rate for ten nights you get a YHA card as well.

Are you certain that scheme is still running? They used to have this in New Zealand as well, but I was told they'd just discontinued it when I was there in 2003, and I can't quickly find information about it on the Australian YHA site either.

Hmmm, yes, good point. The last time I used it was 2005, and I have to say time has flown and that's rather a long time ago now!! So yes, don't rely on that information!!

8. Posted by rhysv (Inactive 22 posts) 7y

YHA Cards or even Hosteling International cards are great value, save you on accommodations, bus tickets... and a whole bunch of other things I cant remember off the top of my head. Well worth it.