GSA has issued a new city pairs program contract for travel effective October 1, a program in which airfare rates for the official travel are pre-negotiated and fixed-price and there are no cancellation or change fees.
Eight major U.S. carriers were awarded contracts based on criteria including availability of non-stop service, total number of flights, flight availability, average elapsed flight time, and price of service. The carriers are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines.
GSA said the contracts offer nearly a 50 percent discount on comparable commercial fares, for an estimated saving of $1 billion next year over commercial rates.
Average domestic fares will decrease from $216 in fiscal 2021 to $209 and average international fares will increase to $746 from $740.