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Because each department manages its own travel program, policies may differ by department.  Contact your Travel Program Coordinator for more information.  If you don't know who your Travel Program Coordinator is, contact your Accounting Office.


All state-contracted airfares are set for use by employees of state departments, local government, California state universities, California community colleges, and K-12 public school districts for travel on official government or school business.  These airfares are booked through the California government business travel program website, CALTRAVELSTORE.  

How to Participate in Program

To participate and benefit from the contracted airfares, you must be enrolled in the program.  Contact your Travel Program Coordinator or your designated Department of General Services Statewide Travel Program Specialist (PDF) for more information.

FY 2016-2017 Preferred Airlines Discounts & Airfares: Intra-State, Out-of-State, International City Pairs

FY 2016-2017 Airline Contracts

Baggage Fees

Please Refer To The Following Airline Websites For Their Baggage Fee Pricing and Policies (all links will open a new browser window):

Best Practices Guide: Airfare Cost Savings

STP Contact

For questions or further information regarding the airline contracts, contact Michele Slape, Travel Program Manager, Statewide Travel Program, at 916.441.9676 or michele.slape@dgs.ca.gov    

Travel Bulletins

 

  •  Travel Bulletin #16-04 (PDF) announces the extension of contracts for discount airfares.  The term of the extension is from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
  • Travel Bulletin #14-04 (PDF) announces the new contracted airfare discounts for official state business.  The term of this agreement is July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016.
  • Travel Bulletin #13-05 (PDF) announces the extension and addition of contracts for discount airfares.  The term of the extension is from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.
  • Travel Bulletin #13-04 (PDF) announces the Southwest "No Show" Policy. 
  • Travel Bulletin #12-04 (PDF) announces contracted discounted airfares
    (Term: July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013).
  • Travel Bulletin #11-03R (PDF) announces contracted discounted airfares (Term: July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012).
  • Travel Bulletin #10-09 (PDF) announces the cancellation of contract # 5-09-99-11 for discount airfare with Mexicana Airlines.
  • Travel Bulletin #10-05 (PDF) provides contracted discounted airfares (Term: July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011).
  • Travel Bulletin #09-07 (PDF) announces the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - Secure Flight New Rules and Procedures/Passenger Identity Information (Term: October 13, 2009 until rescinded).
  • Travel Bulletin #09-05 (PDF) announces additional discounted airfares (Term:  August 17, 2009 through June 30, 2010).
  • Travel Bulletin #09-04 (PDF) provides contracted discounted airfares. (Term: July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010).

Usage Requirements

The State of California, for individual trips of authorized State travelers, requires the use of contracted services in the following hierarchical order. 

  1. Preferred Carriers – Authorized State travelers will be required to use the State’s Preferred Carriers, unless one of the following exceptions exists:
    1. Space or flight schedules are not available to accomplish the purpose of the travel, or use of available contract service would require the traveler to incur unnecessary costs which would increase the total cost of the trip.
    2. A non-contract carrier or City-Pair contracted carrier offers a fare that is $30.00 lower than the Preferred Carrier’s published State discounted rate. 
  2. City-Pair Carriers: Authorized State travelers who meet one of the Preferred Carrier exemptions above will be required to book one of the State’s City-Pair fares, unless one of the following exceptions exists:
    1. Space or flight schedules are not available to accomplish the purpose of the travel, or use of available contract service would require the traveler to incur unnecessary costs which would increase the total cost of the trip.
    2. A non-contract carrier offers a fare that is $30.00 lower than the City-Pair’s published State fare. 
  3. Non-Contracted Carriers:  Authorized State travelers who meet exemptions in each of the two categories above will be authorized to book the lowest available fare, which meets their business needs, with a non-contracted carrier.