General Services Administration

Airline Travel: Meet or Beat Non-contract Rates

Currently, government employees can pay up to four times the average citizen for airline travel. I suggest that GSA implement a "meet or beat" government contract fares option in GovTrip. Employees will be able to search discount fare options and input those flights and the corresponding rate into GovTrip. If contract carriers match the rate, then they get the business, if not, the employee can purchase the ticket with goverment credit card through an outside site. It will encourage contractors to provide better rates to government employees and save millions in taxpayer dollars. And, GSA should do away with city pairs as the program undermines employees ability to purchase cheaper fares when the trip includes a flight covered under that contract.

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Idea No. 83