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Coming Soon: Lowest Logical Airfare in DTS

A DTS software update is scheduled to be implemented on June 22, 2018.  This update allows travelers to book the lowest logical airfare, to include the use of restricted fares that meets mission requirements. 

To book a restricted fare, travelers MUST be traveling to a single TDY location that is NOT in a City Pair market and have a Government Travel Charge Card (GTCC).  Centrally Billed Accounts (CBAs) may be used, but ONLY if it is traditionally reconciled OUTSIDE of DTS.  

This software release will be implemented in EWTS on June 20, 2018.

Key points to remember:

  • Travelers will be able to select from a list of airfares, to include restricted fares. When selecting a restricted airfare, remember these key points: Make sure you read the fare rules before booking any restricted fares, so you are aware of the booking deadline, change or cancellation restrictions, and other important information
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  • Timely Authorizing Official approval is critical to locking in the fare.

  • If you book a restricted airfare through TMC Request Assistance, contact your Authorizing Official to ensure timely approval and alert TMC to the ticketing timelines.

  • Ensure that your GTCC is active before booking a restricted fare, to avoid a decline that would prevent timely ticketing.

  • You may be charged for a restricted fare prior to your date of travel.  If you require a travel advance to pay for the restricted airfare, and your organization allows it, your DTS profile may need to be adjusted to receive advances (ADVANCE AUTH or FULL ADVANCE).  For more information, see “Travel Advances for Travel Cardholders Using Restricted Airfares in DTS Information Paperor contact your Defense Travel Administrator.

  • As of 1 April 2018, the authority for using restricted fares when a City Pair Program fare is not available changed.  Components can reduce travel costs through increased use of restricted fares.  Restricted fares are acceptable to use when less expensive and mission effectiveness is maintained.  The JTR policy on restricted airfare (para. 020206.M) now states: "When a City Pair Program Fare is not available, the traveler should use the lowest cost coach-class fare that meets mission requirements." 

    Note:  Personnel whose organizations use the DTS Import/Export feature, meaning their travel orders are created by an order-writing system (e.g., AROWS, NROWS), will NOT have access to this new functionality. Travelers in these organizations should continue to follow current procedures for booking restricted airfares through the TMCs.   

Resources
  • Bi-weekly Travel Assistance Center Outreach Calls for DTAs – Calls are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 8am and 1pm ET. For instructions on how to participate or to view slides from past calls, see the TAC Outreach announcement posted in Travel Explorer (TraX), (www.defensetravel.dod.mil/passport). 

 

  
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