New Law Gives Students 20% Discount on Airfare
Traveling and going on family vacations has many positive benefits especially for kids, but it requires careful planning and budgeting — taking a trip isn’t cheap, especially when it involves plane rides. A new law authored by Senator Bam Aquino will help lighten traveling expenses for Filipino families. Republic Act 11314 or the Student Fare Discount Act, which requires a 20% discount on all public transportation fares for students.
Prior to the law's enactment, students had already been enjoying discounted fares on jeepneys, buses, UV Express vehicles, taxis, and transport network vehicle services like Grab. With the new law, discounts will now be available when riding trains (MRT, LRT, and PNR), ships, and commercial planes.
The law covers students in grade school, high school, college, as well as those enrolled in technical-vocational courses. The discount will be available during the entire period while the student is enrolled, including weekends and holidays. To avail of the reduced rate, a student simply needs to present a valid school ID or current validated enrollment form upon payment.
Those enrolled in post-graduate studies (Law, Medicine, and courses for Master's degree) and informal, short-term courses like dancing, swimming, music, and driving lessons, as well as seminar-type courses are not covered by the law.
School service, shuttle service, tourist service, and any similar service covered by contract, charter agreement, and with a valid franchise from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) are also not covered by the law.
According to the Official Gazette, the discount privilege is only applicable to domestic travels, which means international flights will not be covered. The discount will also only be applied to your ticket’s base fare and it cannot be combined with any other promos.
Students who will go abroad by plane or ship for education, trainings, or competitions though will be exempted from paying travel tax, according to Rappler. They just need to show travel authorities a document proving that they are traveling for the said purposes.
The new law can be a big help for families, especially because the cost of education is continuously on the rise. It also presents more opportunities for the whole family to spend more quality time together. The only question now is whether the law will be implemented properly.
Land, water, and air transportation utilities that refuse to grant discounts to students will be penalized, including the suspension of their driver’s license for up to three years. They can also be fined anywhere between P5,000 and P150,000. (Read more about your rights as a passenger here.)
This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.