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USA Company History  •  Professional Memberships  •  Consumer Protection  •  Accomplishments & Awards
"3E" Guarantee  •  Why Choose a SYTA Member  •  Sitemap  •  Terms of Use  •  Privacy Policy

Below you will find information regarding our company history, our professional memberships, our "3E" guarantee, why you should choose a SYTA member, and a detailed site map.

USA Company History
Since 1976, USA Student Travel's reputation and track record have received several distinguished awards and accolades. US Space Camp named USA the official Travel Agency of US Space Camp 1995-1996. The governor-appointed California Sesquicentennial Commission named USA as the Preferred Student and Youth Travel Company for California's Sesquicentennial 1998-2000. The Disney Corporation has awarded USA for several years as one of their Top Youth Tour Operators and the largest producer for Disneyland Grad Nite. The California Association for Directors of Activities awarded USA with a Honorary Life Member award for it's service "up and above the call" to student leadership. The National Association of Student Councils has awarded USA with the contract to provide travel and tours to all of its 50 state delegates each year at their national conference. And for the last seven years, the Sacramento Business Journal has recognized USA as one of the fastest growing companies in Sacramento, California where our headquarters are located. USA is a charter member of SYTA (Student Youth Travel Association), which provides a "Good Housekeeping" seal of approval on member companies. This organization requires that its members meet strict membership requirements and consumer protection policies. SYTA's members accounted for more than $1 billion USD in student and youth travel and provided trips for over 1.5 million participants in the year 2000. USA's CEO, Bruce Bitnoff, was the founding President of this organization.

Nearly 750,000 participants have traveled with USA to destinations throughout the world. USA now sells its programs nationwide, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

State of California, Seller of Travel Registration # 2001306-40
Nevada - Nevada Consumer Affairs Division, Travel Agency Registration # 343
Ohio - Department of Commerce Travel Agent/Tour Promoter Certificate of Registration # 8789238
Washington - Registered Seller of Travel under Department of Licensing, Unified Business ID # 601 744 577

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Professional Memberships
Airline Reporting Corporation
International Airlines Travel Agent Network
International Air Transportation Association
Better Business Bureau of Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia
Better Business Bureau of Sacramento, CA
California Association of Directors of Activities
California Association of Student Councils
Guild of Professional Tour Guides, Washington , D.C.
National Association of Year Round Education
National Association of Student Council
Student and Youth Travel Association
Smithsonian Institute Contributing Member

USA Student Travel is registered with the California State Attorney General's Office as an Official Travel Promoter and is in compliance with current California Travel Promoter Laws. Registration #2001306-40.


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Consumer Protection
Student and Youth Travel Association
$200,000


Insurance and Bonds
General and Professional Liability Limits of up to $5 million.
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Accomplishments and Awards
  • Charter Member, The Student and Youth Travel Association of North America which provides a "Good Housekeeping" seal of approval on member companies. USA's officer Bruce Bitnoff served as SYTA's Founding President.
  • Awarded "Official Tour Company" for the 2003/2004 Conference of the National Association of Student Councils.
  • Awarded "Preferred Student and Youth Travel Company " for California's Sesquicentennial Celebration 1998-2000.
  • Awarded by Disney Corporation as Disneyland's Top Youth Travel Producer 1999, 2000, 2003.
  • For the past 7 years, awarded one of Sacramento's Fastest Growing Companies by the Sacramento Business Journal where USA's headquarters are located.
  • US Space Camp named USA the official Travel Agency of US Space Camp 1995 - 1996.
  • The California Association of directors of Activities awarded USA with an Honorary Life Member Award for its service "up and above the call" to student leadership.
  • National Association of Student Councils awarded USA with the contract to provide travel and tours to all of its 50 state delegates each year at theirnational conference.
  • Nearly 750,000 participants have traveled with USA to destinations throughout the world. USA now sells its programs nationwide, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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Our "3E" Guarantee
USA will give your student an Educational experience that brings history to life by integrating classroom teaching with exciting hands-on discoveries.

USA will Enhance your student's educational perspective with up-close, real-life experiences that make learning concepts fun and easy.

USA will Entertain your student so that he or she returns with positive memories of the trip.


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Why choose a SYTA member?
The Student Youth Travel Association of North America (SYTA) is the "Good Housekeeping" seal of approval for travel companies working with students and youth. SYTA requires member companies to commit to a minimum level of $200,000 of consumer protection coverage, provide at least $1,000,000 in liability coverage and adhere to a strict code of ethics which include a commitment to customer satisfaction.

For a free brochure about SYTA, please call (916) 443-0519.


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Terms of Use
USA welcomes you to its website.

By use of our website, you agree to these Terms of Service. Do not use USA's website if you do not agree with these Terms of Service. We may change or update these Terms of Service and your use under such revisions or updates constitutes acceptance.

Privacy Policy
Information about you is subject to our Privacy Policy. For more information, please see our full privacy policy at Privacy Policy. USA's privacy policy does not control the privacy policy of companies with which we must share information in order to provide you with travel services. See Sharing of Information, below. USA may sell or distribute your personal information unless you inform us that you do not wish such information to be sold or distributed. See Sale or Distribution of Information. Also, USA's privacy policy does not control the privacy policy of any linked/third party website and you must contact such website for its privacy policy.

Sharing of Information
Because our travel services are offered in conjunction with the services of other companies such as airlines, hotels, and other tour operators, USA will be sharing your personal information with those companies. We share the following information: Name, address, phone, birth date, gender, and school you attend or teach at, and/or email.

Sale or Distribution of Information
USA may also sell or distribute your name, address, and e-mail address to companies unrelated to the travel services for which you are inquiring or registering unless you inform USA that you do not consent to such sale or distribution by hitting the "Contact Us" button of the appropriate USA program and tell us you do not so consent.

Links/Third Party Websites
Our site may contain a link to other websites or resources over which we have no control. We do not endorse, nor are we responsible for, the content, accuracy, advertising, goods or services offered or available, or any other aspect of such linked websites. If you choose to visit or use such linked websites, we are not liable for any damages alleged or incurred with respect to the content, accuracy, advertising, goods or services offered or available, or any other aspect of such linked websites.

Proprietary Rights
The content and materials available on USA's website are protected by copyrights, trademarks, services marks, trade secrets and other proprietary rights and laws. You may not copy, sell, license, or otherwise distribute the content and materials of this website, nor may you create any derivative work from it. USA does allow you, however, to print printable forms and to print one copy of the materials or content for your own personal, noncommercial use, subject to this proprietary notice.

Disclaimer of Warranties
ALL CONTENT AND MATERIALS, INCLUDING THE SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS WEBSITE, ARE PROVIDED AS IS. USA PROVIDES NO WARRANTIES. THUS, THERE ARE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGMENT. ALL CONTENT AND MATERIALS, INCLUDING THE SERVICES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS WEBSITE, ARE ALSO PROVIDED AS AVAILABLE. THUS, USA DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE CONTENT AND MATERIALS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME OR LOCATION WITHOUT INTERRUPTION. NOR DOES USA WARRANT THAT THE WEBSITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES, DEFECTS, OR ERRORS. YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS SOLELY AT YOUR RISK. IF A JURISDICTION DOES NOT PERMIT SUCH AN EXCLUSION OR SUCH A LIMITATION ON WARRANTY, USA'S EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION ON WARRANTY WILL BE TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Limitation of Liability
USA MAY NOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THIS WEBSITE, EVEN IF USA HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THIS LIMITATION APPLIES IRRESPECTIVE OF THE BASIS OF LIABILITY. IF A JURISDICTION DOES NOT PERMIT SUCH AN EXCLUSION OR SUCH A LIMITATION ON LIABILITY, USA'S EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION ON LIABILITY WILL BE TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Indemnification
If USA so requests, you will defend, indemnify, and hold harmless USA, its employees, officers, and agents, from all claims, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising from or relating to your use of USA's website. USA is entitled to control the defense of such claim or action, and you agree to cooperate with USA in such defense.

Choice of Law; Venue
These Terms of Service are governed by California law, excluding its conflicts of law rules. Further, any claim or action arising out of or relating to these Terms of Service or your use of this website may be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the county of Sacramento, California, and you agree to be subject to the personal jurisdiction of such courts.

Entire Agreement; Severability
These Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement between you and USA with respect to this website. If any portion is held invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portions will remain in full force and effect and, if possible, the portion found unenforceable will be construed in a manner consistent with the remaining portions.


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Privacy Policy
USA is committed to protecting your privacy online.

Visitors to USA's website are not required to provide personal information. If you request information or forms from us we ask for information such as your name, address, e-mail address, birth date, gender, and school you attend or teach at. Any information collected from you for such purposes is voluntary.

USA is required to collect personal information about you when you register for travel on our website. We need information such as your name, address, e-mail address, birth date, gender, school you attend or teach at, and credit card information in order to register you for travel. USA may also use that information to contact you about other information, services or products related to the trip, such as cancellation insurance, in which you might be interested. Only you can make changes to your personal information. If you would like to correct any information that has been inaccurately provided to us or that has changed, or to delete your name and other personal information from this website after your travel has been completed, please hit the "Contact Us" button of the appropriate USA program and send us clear instructions to that effect.

Upon registration, you will be provided with a travel identification number with which you can access your individual travel profile. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the travel identification number, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur with respect to your travel identification number. You agree to immediately notify USA of any unauthorized use of your travel identification number.

Because our travel services are offered in conjunction with the services of other companies such as airlines, hotels, and other tour operators, USA will be sharing your personal information with those companies. See Terms of Service regarding how your personal information may be shared. USA may disclose information about you, such as your name or address to companies unrelated to the travel services to be rendered, unless you inform us that you do not wish such personal information to be sold or otherwise distributed. See Privacy Policy, Sale or Distribution of Information.

If USA believes that you are violating USA's Terms of Service or are causing injury through interference or otherwise, USA will disclose personal information necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action, or when USA is legally required to disclose such information.

USA's website does contain links to other websites that may collect personal information about you, and we have no control over the privacy issues of those websites. You must contact such websites for their own privacy policies, if any. See Terms of Service regarding Links/Third Party Websites.

When you provide us with credit card information in order to complete a purchase transaction or for verification purposes, we transmit that credit card number in an encrypted format. We use industry-standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption. However, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure and so we can't ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

When children under the age of 13 attempt to register with USA, we ask for a parent or guardian to provide consent before we collect any registration information. Children should always ask a parent for permission before sending personal information to anyone online. Any privacy policy changes will be posted here. Questions regarding USA's privacy statement can be directed to webmaster@usatravelgroup.com.


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