As important as educators are, they often aren’t appreciated enough. So, teachers, we appreciate you and have put together a bunch of teacher travel discounts and tips so you can escape the classroom for some much needed TLC.
Many of these discounts are available to all school employees, whereas some will be only offered to select public school educators. Either way, you may be able to transform your summer off into an affordable vacation.
Rental Car Discounts for Teachers
A few rental car companies offer discounts through the National Education Association (NEA). Annual dues for NEA membership vary by state, but if you don’t want to join the NEA, you can still snag occasional deals directly through certain car rental companies. Alternatively, check out our Car Rental Coupon page for discount codes.
- EZ Rent-A-Car: Save 10% with a teacher and school employee discount coupon found on EZ Rent-A-Car’s coupon page.
- Enterprise: An undisclosed savings discount is offered to NEA members.
- Hertz: NEA members save 25% off.
- National Car Rental: NEA members save 20% off.
- Zipcar: Zipcar, a car-sharing program in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, offers discounted rates to select educators.
- Sixt: Sixt offers teachers 5% off.
Hotel Deals for Teachers
Many hotel chains will offer teachers the government rate if they work at select public or tax-funded schools. While this is not a guaranteed saving, it’s worth asking about. Try calling before booking to ask about an additional discount.
- Best Western: Best Western offers per diem rates for select government and university employees. You can search for rates and book rooms at this discount by selecting “Government/Military.”
- Expedia: Get 10% off your next vacation package with Expedia’s 10% offer for teachers.
- Caesars Entertainment: Save 10% through the teacher discount page.
- Choice Hotels: Select the “State Government” option under “Special Rate” to see select room discounts.
- IHG Hotels: IHG offers a discounted per diem rate for all government employees. IHG defines government employees as all federal, state, county and local government workers, which would include public school educators and staff.
- Hilton: Hilton offers a per diem rate for government officials. Be sure to have your teacher ID available when checking in.
- Hotels.com: Get 10% off your Hotels.com booking when you verify your ID online.
- Howard Johnson by Wyndham: Howard Johnson offers a government employee discount on per diem rates.
- Hyatt: Select “Government” when searching Hyatt hotel rooms to see the discounted rate for government and state-funded university employees.
- Red Roof: NEA members can save 20% on rooms at Red Roof properties.
- Westgate Resorts: All school staff can save 10% at Westgate Resorts. Come with a valid school ID.
- TeacherHomeSwap: While not a hotel chain, TeacherHomeSwap is like the Airbnb for educators. Verified educators can affordably rent from other teachers, or do a house exchange during school breaks.
Teacher Flight Discounts and Perks
If an airline offers government discounts, public educators might also qualify. Try asking a customer service representative over the phone or via online chat before you book.
Start the Adventure (STA) Travel also offers thousands of teacher discounts for an annual membership cost of $20. STA Travel has a large offering of international travel discounts, but you can also find discounted flights both in the states and abroad.
Finally, Southwest Airlines offers discounts to members of the American Federation of Teachers ($70 per year to join). Members can receive up to 8% off their flights.
Cruise Coupons for Teachers
Most cruise lines don’t offer a separate teacher’s discount. That said, even if they did, you’d likely discover that you could find better discounts than any teacher’s rate would offer. Vacations To Go, for example, is a third-party cruise booking site that’s extremely useful for searching and booking cruises. And as a bonus, teachers can sometimes grab additional savings on top of posted deals through the site.
Museum and Attraction Discounts for Teachers
Many museums and attractions offer free or discounted passes for educators, too. Don’t forget to ask for teacher and/or government discounts at every tourist spot you visit, because some attractions might not advertise their teacher rates.
Depending on your employer, you might have access to PlumBenefits, TicketsatWork or Perks at Work. These sites offer 40% to 60% off hotels and popular attractions. You can even find event tickets for less.
Here are just a few other teacher discounts to enjoy:
- SeaWorld: All three SeaWorld parks offer a free teacher card and two free tickets when you register.
- Kennedy Space Center: Teachers from Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can visit the Kennedy Space Center’s Education Resource Center for free after presenting certain documentation.
- LEGOLAND Florida: Free teacher passes are available for K-12 Florida educators, which allows access to LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando.
- The Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor by Six Flags: A free teacher’s week is held each year at the Six Flags in Lake George, New York. Both teachers and school staff are eligible.
- New England Aquarium: Currently employed K-12 New England teachers will receive free admission to the New England Aquarium.
Do You Need Travel Insurance as a Teacher?
Don’t forgo travel insurance, especially if you’re traveling internationally. Your health coverage benefits may be okay within the U.S., but a medical emergency overseas is a different story. Travel insurance can protect your finances if you have to cancel your trip last minute or if you need a doctor’s help abroad.
Much like car insurance, travel insurance is something you don’t want to use, but also don’t want to be without. With the International Teacher Identity Card (ITIC), opting for the highest membership level ($199 per year) earns you $3,000 trip cancellation coverage and $100,000 for emergency and medical coverage.
That’s in addition to the numerous travel discounts that membership offers. You could also opt for a cheaper $25 membership and still get the teacher discounts, as well as a basic level of travel insurance for 180 days.
Your students are going to be a lot more interested in geography if you have personal stories and souvenirs to share with them. But don’t just travel to enrich your students; explore the world for yourself too.