The waste of tax dollars on using contracted airlines and their fares seems to be exobedent. I realize we pay a premium so we don't have restrictions or so that we can cancel without penalty. However, in a recent example our government airfare from Charlotte to DC ws $1400. The advertised fare was $340. I could ahve changed that flight multiple times, paid the penalties and still not have paid as much as I would have with the refundable/changeable government fares. I believe we should look for the most cost effecivie way to travel and compare it to the cost/risk of using the contracted/agreed upon airfare.