(note: make sure you have valid work authorization)
There cost of the airplane tickets can be really high and come up to a large chunk of the travel expenses. However, there are ways to fly without getting skimmed.
(note: this article is for reference purposes only; not to be used as an application guide)
A few years ago there were only a few companies to choose from, which resulted in high prices and bad terms for the customers. The market was divided between a few large companies and monopolized to the max, leaving no room for smaller providers. Now, with appearance of several new companies on the market, the rivalry forced the prices to drop and the terms to become more appealing.
Getting an off-campus work permit will legally let you work for 20 hours per week while studies are in session, and up to 40 hours during vacations (some restrictions apply). My first job during university was as a Program Host for Jet Set Sports during 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics (highly paid fun with free admission to all official Olympic venues). I had to get an off-campus work permit in order to be legally allowed to work, which took me about a month to acquire.