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Buying a Plane Ticket

Note: No University-sponsored domestic or international travel should be planned, booked, or paid for by students, faculty, or staff during the entire Spring Quarter.

Before buying a ticket, make sure to check out details that your program gives you about booking a flight. 

For most programs, you will be responsible for making your own flight reservations to and from your study abroad destination.

Students participating in Northwestern programs, GESI, and Journalism Residency programs abroad will be contacted after they have confirmed their participation in the program with details about booking travel, including suggested flight itinerary and/or required arrival times. Do not book flights prior to receiving this information. 

For exchange and affiliated programs, students should refer to materials from their host institution regarding appropriate arrival and departure dates.


Booking Flights

startapplication-170.pngYou typically have two options for booking flights: using a travel agency or booking online. Although somewhat less predictable than using a travel agent, booking online may save you a considerable amount of money. However, online booking sites may offer less customer support than the personal service given by a travel agent, so remember to read the fine print. In addition, travel agents can sometimes match an online fare, so include both agents and online booking sites in your search.

Once you are ready to make flight reservations, you are encouraged to check flight availability and fares on a variety of airlines and through various search engines. Possible travel vendors or online search engines include:

Flight Search Tips

General Tips

Bridge Builder Flight-Booking Program

figureoutfinances-170.pngBridge Builder is designed to assist study abroad students who might not have funds immediately available to cover their flight-booking costs out of pocket. Bridge Builder will allow you to book your flight through GLO and be billed later when your financial aid should be available to help cover your expenses.

Bridge Builder is not a scholarship program. Your flight cost will be billed to you through CAESAR at the beginning of your study abroad term, on the same billing cycle as your other study abroad costs. If your financial aid does not fully cover your program and flight charges, it is your responsibility to pay the balance due by the University deadline.

Learn more about eligibility and deadlines for the Bridge Builder Flight-Booking Program.