Air Travel

GW Travel Discounts

GW has airline discounts available through the following carriers:

  • Delta Air Lines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines

These discounts are only available through iBuy+ Travel. They cannot be accessed through the airline websites or other web-based booking sites. When booking air travel, these contracted air carriers should be given first consideration along with the university’s policy of choosing lowest fare.

Recent Airline Service Enhancements

Delta offers free in-flight messaging
Delta Air Lines announced that customers on its Wi-Fi enabled aircraft will be able to communicate via iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger at no charge. Delta’s free messaging began October 1 and will be available to customers whether or not they’ve paid for in-flight Wi-Fi access. Click here to learn more.
 
Delta Adds Automatic Check-in
Delta now automatically checks passengers into their domestic flights 24 hours before departure. Delta will send travelers an email or push alert notifying them that their boarding pass is ready. Passengers then acknowledge the government mandate for restricted items through Delta’s app to access the boarding pass. Through the app, customers can add checked bags or change seats. Click here to learn more.
 
United App Enables Mobile Boarding Passes for Partner Airlines
United Airlines has updated its mobile app to allow travelers to receive boarding passes from 19 partner airlines when the travelers are connecting to those carriers on a United flight.
The airlines are:

United partner airlines

Requirements for International Travel on Federal Funds:

Employees traveling on federal funds are required by 49 U.S.C. 40118, commonly referred to as the "Fly America Act," to use United States air carrier service for all air travel and cargo transportation services funded by the United States Government. One major exception to this act is the option to utilize a code-share carrier referring to a foreign carrier flight that is being operated by an American flag carrier. In these instances, the reservation will reflect the code of the American flag carrier and its flight number. 

There are a number of exceptions to the Fly America Act that are outlined in the Fly America Act Exception (pdf)This document must be completed, signed and submitted with the traveler’s expenses in iBuy+ Expense Reporting. Included in these exceptions are the four bilateral/multilateral “Open Skies Agreements” established by the federal government.

Airport Security        

TSA Security Requirements

Global Entry Program - Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports.  Apply Today!