Federal Manager's Daily Report

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.

Eight major U.S. carriers were awarded contracts based on availability of non-stop service, total number of flights, flight availability, average elapsed flight time, availability of jet service, and price of service. GSA said the contracts offer a 52 percent discount on comparable commercial fares, for an estimated saving of $1.2 billion next year over commercial rates.

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“At a time of travel uncertainty, CPP fares offer valuable features that include: no blackout dates, advance purchase requirements, change fees, or cancellation fees,” GSA said.

Average domestic fares awarded decreased to $216 in from $229 and average international fares decreased from $749 to $740.