A membership for Hostelling International costs $28 per year. I decided to go ahead and get it, after adding up the potential discounts in HI hostels I’ll be using this summer. Basically I save $10 per night, which means I only need 3 nights in a HI hostel to make the membership pay for itself.
Upcoming HI hostels:
San Francisco Fisherman’s Warf (3 nights)
Monterey Hostel (1 night)
I’m staying in one non-HI hostel in California: Surf City Hostel in LA (3 nights)
And one non-HI hostel in NYC: Nesva Hotel in Queens