Discount cards can provide savings when you are traveling or just in day-to-day life. Benefits usually include hostel discounts or specific travel discounts; some offer travel plus entertainment or goods discounts.
Most are geared toward young students (under 26), but there are a variety of cards. Most cost a small membership fee (under $50), but the discounts may be worth it. Carefully evaluate the costs and benefits before signing up. Note that a student ID may be enough to earn a discount.
If you are a student, contact your school for programs they may offer. Also check out international youth agencies that provide membership and savings.
Common Discount Cards
ISE Card(International Student Exchange Card) - An internationally recognized identification card with thousands of discounts in over 80 countries, it is valid for one year from date of issue. Students of ANY age are eligible, as well as faculty members and children to young adults from 12-25. The price is $25 and you can purchase it online at www.isecard.com/products/index.html.
SIC (International Student Identity Card) - Full-time students 12 years and older offers discounts on travel rates, accommodations, shopping, entertainment, basic sickness and travel insurance, and inexpensive international phone calls. A passport sized photo is required and the card costs about $25 and is good through December 31st of each year. It can be purchased at www.isic.org/student-card/buy-an-isic.aspx.
IYTC (International Youth Travel Card) - A discount card for travelers under 26 who aren't enrolled in school, this card offers a smaller range of youth travel discounts. The card costs $22 card.