As of 2015, Hostelling International members enjoy at least a 10-percent discount on accommodation expenses when they stay at participating hostels. In addition, the organization offers its members a variety of deals, promotions and packages on entertainment, shopping, cultural tours and travel programs. Discounts require a valid membership identification card.Continue Reading
Discounts and privileges in youth hostels belonging to the Hostelling International network vary between countries. Youth hostels in some countries, such as Algeria, India and Japan, don't offer discounts, even if they require guests to become organization members in order to check in. Membership is optional in youth hostels in some other countries, but non-members may have to pay a small surcharge for their stay. Pricing and discounts further vary according to the type of membership; types include adult, child, family and lifetime memberships.
Aside from accommodations, Hostelling International members benefit from discounts for other travel expenses. For instance, some youth hostels may partially pay for food, transportation, activities and tickets to museums and tourist attractions. In addition, members enjoy a 5-percent discount when they enroll in language courses and programs by Education First. Foreign exchange company Travelex offers discounts on currency purchases in select countries. Hostelling International works together with TaxBack.com to help members who travel for work receive tax refunds.Learn more about Geography