State of Texas Contracted Airfare
The state of Texas airline fares are designed for last minute and/or fully-refundable travel requirements. These city-pairs provide maximum flexibility in traveling as fares are not subject to restrictions or penalties on last minute, refundable tickets. However, this flexibility means the rates are not always at the lowest cost to the state. When possible, state agencies and institutions of higher education should utilize 14-day advance or other lower cost airline fares for planned travel requirements to obtain the lowest possible cost to the state. City-pair listings for Domestic and International destinations can be found for the contracted vendors, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways at http://www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/prog/stmp/stmp-airline-contract/. They are listed one-way in alphabetical order and applicable in both directions but do not include airport fees, security fees and other charges added to the base ticket price.
State contracted airfares can be secured through the contracted travel agency, Corporate Travel Planners. These fares can only be purchase on the central billed Business Travel Account (BTA) or on an individually billed Corporate Travel Card.
Contracted Travel Agency
Corporate Travel Planners will assist travelers with obtaining the lowest airfare available while adhering to travel policies and procedures.
Federal Travel: Fly America for International Travel
Any travel funded by Federal grants or restricted State funds must comply with the requirement that U.S. Flagship carriers be used to maximum extent possible when commercial air transportation is the means of travel between the U.S. and a foreign country, or between foreign countries. This requirement shall not be influenced by factors of cost, convenience, or personal travel preferences. For purpose of the use of United States flab carriers, "Unites States" means the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories and possessions of the United States.
International Travel Mandate
Prior to arranging international travel, the traveler must review the Office of Global Health Initiatives webpage at https://inside.uthouston.edu/travel-exemption/ and the U.S. Department of State's list of Travel Warnings. If the traveler's destination is under a Travel Warning, the traveler is required to submit an online Application for Exemption from Travel Restrictions. The UTHealth President’s Advisory Panel on International Travel will review the application and contact the traveler. For additional information, contact the Office of Global Health Initiatives at 713-500-3533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.