US Agency for International Development

Fly America?

The "Fly America" policy is wasteful. This wasteful policy should be changed for not only USAID but all relevant US Government offices that send staff on TDY, PCS or any other domestic or international travel. For example when I was flown from Africa to Washington, DC to interview for my current position the US Government paid over $5000.00 for my plane ticket. I researched other options and learned a similar route ...more »

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Department of Defense

Deployment Travel Excess Baggage Equate to $30M Waste

Military deployements are costing the taxpayers millions of wasted dollars in excess baggage charges. When we deploy, we have to take up to 6 bags of uniforms, weapons, and equipment items. The airlines charge at least $25 for each bag. Simple calculations show that 6 bags X $25 X 100K deployers X 2 trips (there/back) equate to $30M. It would be far simpler to eastablish a equipment issue warehouse at the hubs prior ...more »

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Department of State

Allow Department of State travellers to purchase tickets online.

Allow Department of State travellers to purchase tickets online. The Department spends millions of dollars purchasing high-priced tickets for the extensive travels that our employees need to do for their work. Many third-party travel agencies that embassies use overseas are not efficient and costly. With the advent of online discount ticketing widely used by the public, it would save millions of dollars to allow the ...more »

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Farm Credit Administration

Private Airlines

The U.S. Gov should travel through private services more often, allowing for rewards to employees who can find cheaper deals through the airlines directly. Purchasing tickets through websites allows for special deals, like Southwest’s one-way weekend getaway deals. These tickets sell between $60 to $120 dollars when you can only buy them through Sato travel (Gov Trip) for $130 to $160 government rate. Offer an incentive ...more »

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General Services Administration

Flexible Airline Ticketing Options

Initiate an independent study, led by knowledgable travel experts, to determine whether contracted commercial travel offices, GSA contracted city-pair fares, and unrestricted airfares are cost effective. Study participants should include representatives from the airline industry, private travel offices, and government travel experts. There are numerous comments on this site that oppose use of government travel agencies ...more »

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Department of Defense

Foreign Flag Airlines

Allow DoD personnel to use Open Skies Treaty air carriers like the rest of the federal government. The prohibition on foreign flag carriers is nonsensical - especially when tickets purchased for code share flights through US flag carriers are usually more expensive - and are for the same flights! This is a waste of taxpayer dollars that benefits no one except inept airlines.

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General Services Administration

Restricted Fares

Throughout my federal career and assignments in Travel Management positions, I have noticed how much it cost the government to maintain its policy to use unrestricted airfares. The government could save hundreds of dollars per ticketed reservation if restricted fares restricted (non-refundable or penalty fares) were used instead. The savings of using restricted fares are significant compared to the minimal cost of the ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Government Travel Savings Idea

I suggest you change the rule for government travel to allow an employee to book a flight on an airline other than the contracted carrier or at a rate other than the government rate because that rate is always more than other listed fares. I realize that government fares are at a higher rate because they are refundable but I have traveled numerous times as a federal employee and have never changed my flight nor needed ...more »

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Department of Defense

Purchase Plane Tickets On-line Rather than through Travel services

Allow Federal Employees who are traveling to purchase non-refundable airline tickets via online services rather than go through the Federal Travel system. Or, at least allow an opt-out of the Federal Travel system for pre-purchased airline tickets. Using the Federal "contracted carrier" system often costs the government double the price of a ticket purchased on-line, and does not allow for sale fares. Also, re-work the ...more »

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