By Taylor Helmes, Assistant News Editor
Amid the flood of information we’re receiving from health organizations, the government, and universities, common sense would seem to dictate that the only spring break any student should have is parking their rear end somewhere in their house and studying or binge watching something on TV.
But when airlines like Southwest, Frontier and other companies are giving such incredible discounts, one can feel torn between following one’s head, or taking advantage of some sweet deals:
(Note, I am not encouraging anyone to use these deals out of anything but necessity. As in you can’t afford a plane ticket home or are in a jam because with campus closed, you had to move out of your place and stashed a lot of your stuff at a friend’s house).
But, if you do need a cheap flight, a discounted U-haul or FREE INTERNET ACCESS, if you qualify, here are a few tips, most of which CSUDH Professor La Tanya Skiffer, president of the CSUDH chapter of the CFA, the teacher’s union, shared with the DH email list last week.
On March 13, Frontier Airlines announced its Student Fly Free program, where any student, who uses their .edu email to book their flights, are eligible for a $100 voucher on trips booked before March 23, 2020. The catch to this promotion is that students must use their school email address to create a new Discount Den membership. But since the only real qualification needed for this discount is an .edu email and promotion code, staff and faculty may be able to take advantage as well.
Most airlines are modifying their cancellation and change flight fees to adapt to COVID-19. Southwest Airlines has discounted fares to extend its $49 one-way sale and one-way nonstop flights under $129 throughout the continental U.S.
Some other companies that are using these unprecedented times to offer free services are Comcast, which has created a free 60-day Internet Essentials package for low-income households, and U haul is offering students 30-day free self-storage.