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GSA Program Saves Taxpayers Billions in Travel Expenses

City Pair Program Offers 68 Percent Discount on Federal Air Travel Rates

GSA# 10617

August 5, 2009
Contact: Judy Boysha, (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded its City Pair Program contracts, which the agency estimates will save taxpayers more than $6 billion in fiscal year 2010.

City pairs are sets of origins and destinations that form the basis for one-way ticket pricing for travel between cities. The City Pair Program contracts set average federal rates at 68 percent below full commercial fares, providing federal travelers the flexibility to book one-way, multileg and round-trip airline flights. The annual contracts cover 3,750 domestic and 1,223 international city pairs.

“By leveraging the federal government’s buying power, GSA offers our customers deeply discounted commercial airfares,” said Commissioner James A. Williams, of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. “We strive to consistently provide the best value to federal agencies and the U.S. taxpayers. This program would not be successful without the airline industries’ sustained partnership and participation.”

The 2010 City Pairs renewed contracts are effective October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2010, and were awarded to 11 airlines. GSA awarded these contracts based on many criteria including  average flight time; price; service; flight distribution; number of flights; and available seats. Other attractive benefits of the city pairs contracts are the availability of fully refundable tickets, penalty-free cancellations, and schedule changes.

The contracts below will secure an estimated $9.2 billion worth of air travel at a cost of only $2.9 billion to the taxpayer.


 Number of City Pairs

 Estimated Contract Value

 United Airlines 



 Delta Airlines



 American Airlines



 US Airways



 Alaska Airlines



 AirTran Airways



 JetBlue Airlines



 Midwest Express Airlines



 Frontier Airlines



 Mesa Airlines



 Virgin America 






Visit City Pair airline fares site for more information.


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Last Reviewed 2010-04-30