GSA seals new deal for fed work travel discounts
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jul 23, 2019
The General Services Administration announced that it has awarded contracts for its employee travel program that will reduce overall costs.
The 2020 City Pair Program would apply 51 percent discounts to the federal government’s airfare costs through pre-negotiated, firm fixed-priced agreements.
Approximately $2.71 billion will be saved by the federal government next fiscal year as a result.
“Year after year, GSA’s ‘Best-in-Class’ City Pair Program helps federal agencies save valuable taxpayer dollars by leveraging the government’s buying power,” GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Alan Thomas, said, adding “Through the GSA City Pair Program, we’ll be able to save taxpayers more than $2.71 billion, while still providing travel solutions that help agencies meet their missions.”
Eight major U.S. airlines were awarded contracts for fiscal year 2020.
The agency GSA considers a number of criteria such as, availability of non-stop service, total number of flights, flight availability, average elapsed flight time, availability of jet service, and price of service.
New rates will go into effect Oct. 1, 2019.