If you enroll in a Rustic Pathways Pupil Journey program, you’ll have the choice to pick out a chaperoned group flight organized by Rustic Pathways (if touring from the US to a world vacation spot), or you may select to e-book your individual airfare.

Chaperoned Group Flights

If you e-book a chaperoned group flight by way of Rustic, we deal with all of your flight particulars, together with reserving, trouble-shooting ticket adjustments, and day-of-travel flight delays / cancellations.

Our employees greet college students on the airport, fly with them to their vacation spot nation (and on their return flight residence), assist them navigate customs and immigration and discover their baggage.

College students from the US on chaperoned flights are nonetheless required to rearrange their very own journey to one in every of our gateway airports the place their worldwide flights depart. These may embody George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport in New York (JFK), Los Angeles Worldwide Airport (LAX), Miami Worldwide Airport (MIA), and Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport (EWR) in New Jersey, relying in your program vacation spot.

Along with offering mother and father and college students peace of thoughts, our chaperoned group flights are actually the start of the journey expertise for a lot of college students. It’s the place they meet and begin to develop friendships that morph into multi-year journey buddies and even faculty roommates. Any relevant airfare and taxes are estimates and should fluctuate as we finalize airline contracts. Ought to any of those prices change, we are going to notify you instantly.

Most mother and father select to e-book chaperoned flights for his or her kids.

Self-Managed Airfare

Households even have the choice of reserving their baby’s flights instantly for an extra cost of $250 (excluding spring break applications and applications in the US as a result of self-managed is the one airfare possibility). Use airline miles or e-book by way of an agent. To be eligible for self-managed airfare, college students should be at the very least 15 years previous by the point their program departs. Learn extra beneath about airline unaccompanied minor insurance policies.

Rustic Pathways flight option comparison chart

To make sure your baby arrives to their program on time, we ask that you just e-book a flight scheduled to land inside a six-hour window, which is able to depend upon the vacation spot nation and program, that we’ll publish on March 1, 2020. College students who arrive exterior of the arrival window will incur extra fees.

Please word, as a result of Rustic shouldn’t be concerned within the buy of self-managed airfare, we won’t be able to help with any flight delays, cancellations, or extra prices related to these adjustments.

If you choose the self-managed airfare possibility, your Private Journey Advisor can be in contact after you enroll with extra information about how and when to e-book your baby’s flights.

Starting Journey Exterior of the US

College students starting their program from exterior the US are accountable for reserving their very own airfare and confirming the journey info with Rustic Pathways. Or they could select to affix one in every of our chaperoned group flights departing from one in every of our gateway airports in the US if that’s handy with their journey preparations.

Please word that ought to you e-book your individual airfare, these flights is not going to be chaperoned by Rustic Pathways employees, however we’ll clearly determine the employees member who will meet your baby after they arrive in nation. It’s necessary that you just contact us for info regarding the popular arrival and departure occasions to your program. Worldwide shoppers can be assessed a $250 self-managed airfare payment if they don’t seem to be touring on one in every of our chaperoned group flights. If particular pick-up and drop-off preparations exterior these time frames are required, a minimal payment of $135 can be assessed every means. Please name our workplace at +1 800.321.4353 or +1 440.975.9691 for extra info.

Touring Inside the US

College students touring on Rustic Pathways applications in the US are accountable for arranging their very own journey to and from their program(s) inside specified arrival and departure home windows.

Touring Throughout Spring Break

College students touring on Rustic Pathways Spring Break applications to the Dominican Republic, Fiji, and Peru are additionally accountable for reserving their very own flights.

Unaccompanied Minor Insurance policies

Many airways classify kids of a sure age who’re touring with out their mother and father as “unaccompanied minors,” and have strict insurance policies about how these kids should be supervised on the airplane and within the airport. Airways assess charges if a toddler is classed as an unaccompanied minor (charges and ages differ relying on the airline). Mother and father are accountable for making all unaccompanied minor preparations for his or her baby’s round-trip flights and for paying any relevant airline charges. Rustic Pathways shouldn’t be accountable for assessing these charges.

Rustic Pathways gives an Unaccompanied Minor Coordinator to fulfill and greet college students at their gate when their flight arrives on the home gateway airport. Mother and father ought to add their home flight information of their My Rustic Portal (which you’ll get entry to after enrolling) so we are able to schedule their Unaccompanied Minor Coordinator. We’ll present mother and father with the identify, tackle, and telephone variety of that employees member at the very least one week earlier than their baby’s departure date to incorporate their contact info on the airline paperwork. If mother and father wish to full their Unaccompanied Minor paperwork earlier than we ship the precise contact info, they will listing “Rustic Pathways” because the pickup individual till they will present the airline with the employees member’s identify.

NOTE: Mother and father MUST replace the airline with the precise contact info of their Unaccompanied Minor Coordinator previous to the home flight as a result of the airline will solely launch their baby to the precise individual listed on the paperwork.

Click on on the home airline provider identify beneath to be taught extra about their unaccompanied minor insurance policies for youngsters 14 and youthful. For different unaccompanied minor insurance policies, please see the web site of the home airline your baby can be touring with or contact airline personnel.

Alaska Airways (12 and youthful)

American Airways (14 and youthful)

Delta Airways (14 and youthful)

Frontier Airways (14 and youthful)

JetBlue Airways (14 and youthful)

Southwest Airways (11 and youthful)

Spirit Airways (14 and youthful)

United Airways (14 and youthful)

Virgin America (11 and youthful)

In case your baby meets your chosen airline’s standards for unaccompanied minor standing, please e-book your home flights, pay the related charges, and talk this info to Rustic Pathways by way of your My Rustic Portal.
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Chaperoned Group Flights Prices

The value of chaperoned group flights consists of the price of using Rustic Pathways Flight Leaders to accompany all college students on their spherical journey flight in addition to the price of using Rustic Pathways Airport Coordinators at our gateway airports to assist college students join with their group and Flight Leaders earlier than their worldwide flights. Using Airport Coordinators and Flight Leaders ensures that every one college students stay accounted for and are safely escorted out of and again into the US earlier than and after their program.

Rustic Pathways chaperoned group flight tickets are nonrefundable. Airline tickets that let adjustments can have an related payment incurred by the precise provider. Typically, seat assignments are given at check-in. When you have a selected seat or meal request, we are going to do our greatest to accomodate you.  Please contact your private journey advisor along with your request.

Late-Season Bookings

College students can enroll in most applications as much as eight days earlier than its scheduled departure date. By that point, seats on our chaperoned group flights could now not be accessible. If that occurs, Rustic Pathways gives mother and father the choice of accepting increased airfares or making their very own flight preparations and paying a $250 journey coordination payment.

Please apply to your summer time program as early as doable to keep away from increased airfare prices. Late-season candidates should full all the mandatory paperwork at the very least eight days previous to the beginning of their departure date.

Speaking With Your Youngster Throughout Journey

high school students waiting for a flight for a summer travel program at the airport

Protected Arrival Emails

When college students depart their properties and start journeys with Rustic Pathways, we perceive how keen households are to obtain discover of their baby’s protected arrival. Inside 24 hours of reaching their program vacation spot, mother and father will obtain an electronic mail confirming their baby’s protected arrival in nation. You’ll additionally obtain emails all through the journey with brief updates about your baby’s group.

If the scholar is connecting a number of journeys, mother and father could not essentially obtain a protected arrival electronic mail every time their baby transfers between applications.

The Advantages of Disconnecting

Rustic restricts cellular phone use on applications to pick out occasions of day, often earlier than breakfast or after that night’s actions. Through the day, college students are allowed to make use of their telephones as cameras, however can be requested to maintain them put away throughout meals, program actions, neighborhood service, and discussions.

(As a result of there’s all kinds of mobile service and / or Wi-Fi on our applications, you’ll obtain clearer expectations about connectivity as your departure nears.)

To assist put together college students and their mother and father for these occasions of restricted connectivity, we ask that they focus on the significance of disconnecting earlier than their program. Doing so will permit college students to essentially interact with their program and get probably the most from their journey expertise.

Learn extra:
Why You Ought to Disconnect When Touring Overseas
What Occurred Once I Put Down my Cellphone Throughout my Rustic Journey
An Open Letter to Mother and father About Cell Telephones

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