There is very little need for GSA exclusive contracts with airline companies that charge the government extraordinary amount for the same flight. Government workers can book their own flights online for hundreds, even thousands less. For example, flights from DAY to DCA are about $1300 while it can be found on Kayak or Expedia for less than $300. Most travel are not cancelled, cancellation fees should be deductible... more »
Time and Time again, Federal Employees on official travel are charged more for flights, hotels, etc. than the average customer. There are several reason why this is the case...from the inability to use conventional travel sites(such as Kayak, expedia, etc) to the the fact that for some reason the fed just pays more. I think that there should be a government-wide system (preferably online/electronic) created for fed employees... more »
I suggest that the next contract will not be offered to a single travel agency but instead be offered to at least two. This will allow the user more options and motivate the travel agencies to offer competitive prices and services. Currently all travel of NIH (and probably other agencies) is bought exclusively through Omega Travel.
Allow staff to schedule travel through any source. As long as policy is followed, utilizing multi-search travel websites can greatly save on travel costs (e.g. hotels, airfare, rental cars).
I have been working for the US Coast Guard for nearly 13 years now, and as an attorney I have a fair amount of work-related travel. We are required to book travel through a contracted travel agency (SATO), and each and every reservation costs $28.50. I am sure that this adds up to quite a lot agency-wide, and I suspect that other agencies have similar mandates. My suggestion is that we abolish this requirement entirely,... more »
Carlson Wagonlit/Sato Travel is a government contractor to forty-eight (48) federal agencies and every branch of the military. Last year, they did $2.3 billion in travel sales to federal agencies. Transactions for travel, especially airfare, with Carlson Wagonlit, can cost two to three times what the individual can book online. Worse, the company's website is tedious and frustrating to use. And, if there is an error,... more »