StudentUniverse works closely with more than 70 airlines globally to offer unique airfare pricing and terms to students and youth. We are proud to work with airline partners that go above and beyond for student travelers, and help us carry out our mission to make global experiences possible. Every year we take some time to get together with our airline partners to reflect on the year, enjoy each others company and show appreciation for the strength of our partnerships.
This year, 26 of our airline partners convened in Boston on September 24 for a day on the water (thankfully it was a beautiful day!) which started out aboard the Valiant. We enjoyed drinks and appetizers as we cruised around Boston Harbor taking in views of the Boston skyline.
From there, we enjoyed dinner and drinks at Legal Harborside. Our guests spent some time outside on the deck catching a few last glimpses of the city over the water before the sun went down before dinner.
At the conclusion of dinner we awarded the winners of the inaugural “Best Airlines for Students” awards. Airlines were chosen based on the volume of bookings, year-over-year sales growth, the terms and pricing they offer to the student market and the extent to which they create special programs and fares that are conducive to the unique travel habits of students.
Our winners in the 2014 “The Best Airlines for Students” Awards by category are:
- The Best Airline for Students, Overall (Globally), Emirates
- The Best Airline for Students, Trans-Pacific Market, Cathay Pacific Airways
- The Best Airline for Students, Latin Market, LATAM Airlines Group
- The Best Airline for Students, South-Pacific Market, Virgin Australia
- The Best Airline for Students, Group Travel, Delta Air Lines
We want to thank Emirates, Cathay Pacific, LATAM Airlines Group, Virgin Australia, Delta Air Lines, United, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, Air China, Avianca, Icelandair, Lufthansa Group, Turkish Airways, Virgin America, COPA, China Southern, Korean Air, Etihad, Japan Airlines, WestJet, Porter, Aeroflot, Qatar Airways and TAP Portugal for attending.
We also want to extend our gratitude to our partners at Sabre for co-sponsoring the event. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
From all of us on the StudentUniverse team, we look forward to connecting again at our 2016 event where we will name 2015 winners of the “Best Airlines for Students” awards. More details to come.