Story last updated at 12/24/2008 - 10:51 am
JUNEAU - The State of Alaska has entered into a new contract with Alaska Airlines effective Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2010.
The State will no longer book fares through Easy Biz, but instead will receive up-front discounts for eligible state travelers on all coach class published fares, which account for approximately 95 percent of markets. Under the new contract, the state will receive a higher value for its discount fares.
Vern Jones, the chief procurement officer for the state, and Mark Eliason, president and owner of USTravel, Alaska's contracted travel management company, negotiated the contract with Alaska Airlines.
"We are very pleased with the terms of this contract and the savings the state will receive," Jones said.
Kim Garnero, director of the Division of Finance in the Department of Administration that manages the state's travel office, said, "We are excited about the new contract and believe the terms are a huge step forward in terms of savings and convenience."
The new contract terms provide savings across the board for eligible state travelers booking travel through the State Travel Office, including Medicaid beneficiaries. The state will no longer collect miles for free tickets but individuals will still be able to collect personal mileage for their travel.