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The General Services Administration’s City Pairs Program, which provides pre-negotiated airfare rates for the federal government’s official travel, will save an estimated $5.9 billion in 2013, the agency announced.

“GSA’s mission is to help federal agencies save money, and that includes getting the best price for government travelers,” said GSA Federal Acquisition Service Acting Commissioner Mary Davie. “By leveraging the government’s buying power, we are able to maximize cost-savings for federal agencies and save taxpayer dollars.”

The City Pairs Program establishes standard airfare rates between cities where the federal workforce typically travels, and these pre-negotiated rates save the government money.

GSA is able to negotiate best-value pricing for the government by using travel data. All major U.S. carriers participate in the City Pairs Program. The 2013 rates will become effective October 1, 2012.

In addition to offering considerable discounts, the City Pairs Program allows the federal government additional flexibility in how it books air travel.

  • Common Tator

    What sheer and utter nonsense.  I left government service last year after 30+ years.  I diligently used the “City Pairs” pricing for flights for a number of years, as directed by “senior leadership.”  I then met one senior leader who said he was having his secretary make reservations on his own, and saving 50% or more per flight when compared with City Pairs under DTS.  I checked into it … and he was right on the money. 

    The counter-argument is that using DTS, when changes need to be made to an itinerary, they are free.  Assuming that is true (which was not always the case, but for argument sake, we’ll take it on face value here), on all of my trips that I took thereafter, the difference between the DTS City Pairs price and what I received researching my own price online was so significant, that I could have incurred change fees numerous times over on every flight before I would have approached the total price for City Pairs.  (And additionally, what was not considered, when changes were made within DTS, the DTS Travel agency would add-on their fee for my “service”.)

    In 5 years of getting flights on my own, I saved ~$20K on my flights alone … putting money back in our command’s overall travel budget.

  • Jeff Boatright

    GSA…GSA…

    Weren’t they in the news recently, something about wasting gov’t dollars on partying?

    And they’re setting rules for how to save on travel costs?

  • Josh Ladick

    Your post
    is very helpful, I go into a similar topic in a blog post on Changing GSA
    Contract Pricing
    . So many contractors get busy with daily operations
    and lose focus on how important it is to have up-to-date GSA pricing on their
    contract. Sure, the modification process is not easy, but this is not a good
    excuse.

  • Josh Ladick

    Your post
    is very helpful, I go into a similar topic in a blog post on Changing GSA
    Contract Pricing
    . So many contractors get busy with daily operations
    and lose focus on how important it is to have up-to-date GSA pricing on their
    contract. Sure, the modification process is not easy, but this is not a good
    excuse.