When you see the symbol to the right, it means the associated fare is available exclusively for full- time students, youth, or faculty. If you purchase a ticket and are not eligible for the special fare, you may be refused boarding by the airline. If this happens, you will not receive a refund for your ticket.
Buy a Regular Fare
Regular fares are available to all of our customers, regardless of age or status. When our student fares are not available on a particular fight, regular fares are a great alternative.
Airlines often add a weekend surcharge of $25-40 (each way) for fights on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Try Several Dates
If your schedule is flexible, try flying a day before or a day after the dates you originally entered. This can increase your chances of finding availability and a great price.
Search Major Airports, as well as Local Airports
Check fares from your local airport, but search fares from your closest major city (Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, New York) as well. Competition among the airlines is higher in larger markets, and fares are sometimes lower.
Fares are subject to airline availability, which changes frequently. Airlines allot only a certain number of student fare tickets. Once those tickets are sold, there are no more student fares available, even if it appears there are still seats on the plane.
CONSIDER A SIM CARD
Do a little research and find out how you will be communicating with your people back home. Sim cards are your choice. You can do compare sim cards providers by price and speed from website (https://www.thailandstarterkit.com/lifestyle/thai-sim-cards/). Another recently developed option is the travel cellular, though expensive; you’ll have a number to give your friends before you get on the plane. (www.TravelCell.com) The choice is your personal preference and may well be decided by the length of time you will be studying at Assumption.
CARRY PHONE INTO THAILAND
If you already have a mobile phone it is recommended you bring it with you to Thailand. Once settled down in Bangkok you can then simply purchase a Thai SIM card for a very reasonable price. However, do not continue to using your SIM card from your home country as any calls made or received in Thailand will be hugely expensive.
In addition to the basic coverage provided by the ISIC card, you should take additional comprehensive travel insurance. Your coverage should include medical evacuation and repatriation. Two reliable and reputable sources are: CMI Insurance Specialists Cultural Insurance Services International CISI However, it is recommended that you shop around and find the most appropriate cover for your circumstances and length of stay.
DEVELOP A BUDGET
Consider the in-country costs before you go. You should develop a budget and live by it. Consider the costs of optional excursions, gifts, school supplies, internet access, in-country transportation and general living costs. Many a student, has lost their mind at one of the night clubs in Bangkok and have spent their semester budgets in their first week abroad. Try to familiarize yourself with the local currency, and calculate your budget in that currency.