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Lowest Logical Airfare in DTS

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." As of June 2018, travelers are able to book the lowest logical airfare, to include the use of restricted fares that meets mission requirements, in DTS

To book a restricted fare in DTS, travelers MUST travel 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.   

Key points to remember:

  • Travelers are able to select from a list of airfares, to include restricted fares. Before booking a restricted airfare, be sure to read the fare rules so you are aware of the booking deadline, change or cancellation restrictions and fees, and other important information.

  • 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 your restricted fare ticket 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 Paper” or contact your Defense Travel Administrator.

  • 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

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