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YHA membership - worth it?

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1. Posted by sez127 (Budding Member, 48 posts) 11 Aug '11 11:01

Hiya I'm Sarah 25 from England and I'm travelling to Australia in October for a few months and then on to New Zealand on a WHV. I've been looking at getting a YHA membership as I'm going to be staying in hostels for the majority of the time. Does anyone think this is worth it? I've heard that with this membership or similar backpacker cards you can also get discounts for other things like restaurants, bus passes and trips out etc, things like that.

This may seem a really silly question but if I get a UK YHA card I know I can get discount off hostels abroad but I'm not sure if the other discount offers are available or if I'll need an Ozzie or Kiwi YHA card to gain the other benefits in their country. Or if it just doesn't matter?

Just trying to save a couple quid where I can :)

Thanks in advance x

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3529 posts) 11 Aug '11 13:49

I bought a YHA card for my 3 months travelling in Australia and thought it was worth it. I did a couple of long journeys with Greyhound and got large discounts on those, and also the smaller discounts in the YHA hostels. As far as I know, a YHA card has worldwide validity; I definitely used mine in New Zealand too.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4274 posts) 11 Aug '11 17:03

As bex said, a YHA ("Hostelling International") membership is worldwide; you get all the discounts no matter where your membership originated. (As you yourself also noted, most discounts in Australia and New Zealand actually apply for all "backpacker" cards; so also VIP, Nomads or (in New Zealand) BBH.)
Generally speaking, if you stay more than 10 nights in a YHA hostel, membership is already worth it.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5572 posts) 12 Aug '11 03:44

If you're not 100% sure, I think you can also save up for a card as you go along. Ie. you pay 2 or 3 dollars more per night, but once you have stayed 10 nights at that higher rate, it becomes a YHA card automatically. You might want to check this still is the case though, and of course the downside is you don't get the other discounts till that is done. But often you can get those discounts for having a IYTC or VIP card or one of the other cards available.

5. Posted by sez127 (Budding Member, 48 posts) 12 Aug '11 04:10

That's great guys thanks for all the feedback :)

I probably will be getting a Greyhound bus pass in Australia as well as staying in hostels so I think it will be worth it. Great that you can get all the offers in all countries!

I'll get on and order one now :)

Thankyou!! x