Travelling FREE As A Companion: Companies Offering Free Or Discounted Tickets (?)

WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Posts: 328Moderator Moderator
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We are from Canada, and have been researching a lot lately about companies offering FREE or discounted tickets when you are the companion of someone with a disability (AKA a WAG of SCI  :D)  and are there to assist him because he cannot fully on his own.

This is great news for us as its expensive enough to travel, why not take advantage of some of these options? We also have found things like 2 for 1 rail tickets and entertainment options! 

Canada:
Westjet - offers 2 for 1 seats (you pay taxes on the free one) anywhere on flights within Canada only.
Air Canada - offers free or discounted fares to for flights from Canada to anywhere in North America
Air Transat - offers 50% off the companion fare for flights from Canada to anywhere in the United States only
VIA Rail - offers a free fare to anyone accompanying a person with a disability
Access2Entertainment - offers companions FREE admission to all movie theatres in Canada (when a regular priced ticket is purchased) as well as for various Museums and special events. Hello 2 for 1 date night!

North America:
AMTRAK - 10% - 50% off fares for a disabled passenger and their companion

Do you know of any other companies that offer FREE companion travel options? Comment below!


Your WAGS of SCI
(Elena and Brooke)

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  • 619Drake619Drake Posts: 19Member
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    Don't know about companion travel freebies, but I do know about a great destination. The world famous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park offer free admission to a personal attendant/caregiver when a disabled visitor pays for admission.
  • BrookeUBrookeU Posts: 176Moderator Moderator
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    Sounds like Canada rocks! I'm curious to see what kind of discount options are available in the U.S., especially with air travel. I know some movie theaters offer free admission to people with disabilities here, but not all.
  • WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Posts: 328Moderator Moderator
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    @BrookeU
    us as well. We did some preliminary research and couldn't find anything! Anyone out there know of any US airfare deals for companions?
    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)
  • ambercollieambercollie Posts: 80Moderator Moderator
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    Great information!

  • BrookeUBrookeU Posts: 176Moderator Moderator
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    @WAGSofSCI, I'll try to do some research on that! I just want to add that I find it a bit ridiculous that airfare for riders who use wheelchairs is not automatically discounted, considering the fact that planes are SO not built to fully accommodate them. Why pay full price if you're not able to get the full experience (or even be able to get into the plane restroom)?
  • BrookeUBrookeU Posts: 176Moderator Moderator
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    Tried to do some research on this, and the results were...pretty non-conclusive. All I can conclude from the lack of results is that there aren't really discounts for travel companions in the U.S., and hardly even for people with disabilities. Ugh!
  • ambercollieambercollie Posts: 80Moderator Moderator
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    Thats too bad.
  • ZcollieZcollie Posts: 193Moderator Moderator
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    @619Drake Good to know! I will have to go there and take advantage of that accommodation!
    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. -SONIA RICOTTI
  • WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Posts: 328Moderator Moderator
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    For those of you close to the border it would almost make sense to fly from Canada! Especially for longer trips like Hawaii. 
    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)
  • BrittanyFrankBrittanyFrank Posts: 52Moderator Moderator
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    Yes, we benefitted from the San Diego Zoo free companion passes. Also while traveling abroad we found that most European countries offer free companion passes as well. I think this is something we need to advocate more for in the US!
  • trevorsendeavortrevorsendeavor Posts: 38Moderator Moderator
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    Recently, I applied for a national park pass that is available to the permanently disabled in the US. It allows you to have free lifetime entrance to any national park in the country! My girlfriend and I love visiting parks and have vacations that we plan on taking to different parks so this might come in handy to anyone who has similar interests. The pass is good for the whole car, so it would benefit everyone in the group!
  • ColeandCharismaColeandCharisma Posts: 12Moderator Moderator
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    @trevorsendeavor I heard about this and want to apply for one! Cole and I have been searching for more active activities to do together over the summer. Do you know how long it takes to get approved? Also, we love going to the movies and with regal theater, you are allowed a free companion pass. We have noticed that some regal theaters do not grant the companion pass, so it's a good idea to ask beforehand. 

    - Charisma 
  • garrisonreddgarrisonredd Posts: 127Moderator Moderator
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    That is awesome @trevorsendeavor I think I want to apply for one as well. @ColeandCharisma thanks for sharing that information I guess regal theater will be my new date spot lol. I will say I paid full price for the ticket lol
  • BrookeUBrookeU Posts: 176Moderator Moderator
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    @trevorsendeavor, that's wild, thanks for sharing that info! Do you happen to know about accessibility in national parks? I'd be curious to see if there are people who work at that parks who can assist with getting around.
  • ambercollieambercollie Posts: 80Moderator Moderator
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    More great info! Keep sharing them everyone, I love learning about new places to go or deals I didn't know about!
    thanks!
  • trevorsendeavortrevorsendeavor Posts: 38Moderator Moderator
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    @ColeandCharisma It doesn't take very long! I sent mine off and had heard back from them within a couple weeks. As long as you have the documents you need for them to approve you, it's fairly quick!
  • trevorsendeavortrevorsendeavor Posts: 38Moderator Moderator
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    @garrisonredd You should! I believe the application fee is $10 dollars but that's almost nothing for how much you can save if you take advantage of it!
  • adventurersadventurers Posts: 4Member
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    @WAGSofSCI @ColeandCharisma @ambercollie @BrookeU @garrisonredd @BrittanyFrank @trevorsendeavor
    On our recent Europe trip we discovered some great freebies and discounts:
    - Harry Potter Studio Tour (London) - companion ticket is free (book over telephone)
    - London Dungeon - companion ticket is free
    - Eurostar (train from London to Paris) - significantly reduced rate for wheelchair user and companion. Plus- you are seating in first class and get food and drink and access to first class departure lounge
    - Louvre museum (Paris) - skip the lines and free admission for wheelchair user and companion. Exclusive front row viewing area for the mona lisa
    - Eiffel Tower (Paris) - reduced rate for wheelchair user. Get to skip all lines to buy tickets and go to front of line for elevator.
    Please check out our Youtube channel to see us at these venues and our adventures that go with it! Please subscribe so you can follow our upcoming adventures! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc6NR4RYoytBsop1QtGAIgA
  • ambercollieambercollie Posts: 80Moderator Moderator
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    I just screen shotted that last post!! What great information Thank You @adventurers!
    Now to Save $ for a Europe trip!
  • WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Posts: 328Moderator Moderator
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    Yes, we benefitted from the San Diego Zoo free companion passes. Also while traveling abroad we found that most European countries offer free companion passes as well. I think this is something we need to advocate more for in the US!
    I know we posted about this before on other feeds but we just want to make sure everyone knows that in Italy (all over in every city) anyone with a disability does not have to pay to get in to any of the national museums or attractions (IE: coliseum, Rome historic museums and Vatican, Florence Uffizi gallery (and more there) .. anything that is a national site. As well, companions of someone with a disability dont pay either. No lines, no waiting, no pre-booking. HUGE huge incentive to go! - Brooke
    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)
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