Delta pact means lower fares


The MIT Travel Office has entered into an agreement with Delta Airlines for shuttle service to New York and Washington, DC, as well as other domestic cities and limited international travel. This contract will replace the existing US Airways contract, starting October 10 and continuing through September 30, 2001 with greater discounts.

The contract is only available through American Express Travel (x3-7961) and Omni Travel (x3-9405) and is available for booking flights after October 10. All travel through October 10 should be ticketed on US Airways.

Rates including tax and fees have been set for one-way shuttle service from Boston to New York/LaGuardia and LaGuardia to Washington, DC for $80.50 (originally $93 with US Airways and $201.34 without any discount), and Boston to Washington, DC one-way for $166.50 (originally $200 with US Airways and $291.92 without any discount). This constitutes an estimated annual savings of $972,000 compared to the full fare. Lincoln Laboratory, which is also included in the contract, stands to save an additional $585,000.

The new agreement provides an 18 percent discount for trips within the domestic United States and Canada for 10 fare classes and 10 percent for two other classes, with the exception of Boston to Philadelphia at 35 percent for a "Y" class.

Delta's domestic route includes travel between or within the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan and the US Virgin Islands. The discount for travel solely on a connection carrier is 10 percent for a full Y class and 5 percent for four other fare classes.

The new agreement also provides a 14 percent discount for round-trip and one-way travel originating in the United States or Canada on the Atlantic Excellence Carriers' scheduled international route system for 12 fare classes.

The Atlantic Excellence Carriers' international route system, as defined by Delta, excludes travel between or within the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan and the US Virgin Islands. The Atlantic Excellence Carriers' European route system, as defined by Delta, includes travel between or within Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Anyone with questions may contact Ellen Sico, travel manager, at x3-3547 or esico@mit.edu.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 6, 1999.


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