A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Airline Reservations and Full Service Transactions
Southwest Airlines: Using the Stand Alone Online Booking Engine (OBE)
The following is specialized guidance for reserving a trip with Southwest Airlines on the OBE. This information is explicit to Southwest Airlines reservations only.
The Northrop Grumman's OBE GovTrip is powered by SABRE. SABRE is the only Global Distribution System (GDS) that displays Southwest flights. There may be instances where airfares change due to the manner in which Southwest manages their inventory in SABRE. Southwest validates the availability of flights booked when the reservation record is confirmed. If the capacity controlled (discounted) government fare (_CA) is not available, upon acceptance from Sato Travel, Southwest will rebook the reservation at the YCA government fare.
Although the rate posted in SABRE/GetThere may not be available at the time of reservation, due to the potential cost savings using OBE vs. traditional agent fees, the Department has agreed to allow Southwest reservations to be booked online. Southwest may only confirm a higher fare at the time of booking. We have negotiated that Southwest bookings completed online will be charged at the self-service fee.
Frequent Flyer Numbers for Air Tran, Southwest and JetBlue:
Frequent Flyer Numbers for Air Tran, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue cannot be stored in your profile and must be entered at the time the reservation is made. These three airlines do not have an agreement with any of the GDS tools and for that reason; you may need to provide the number at check-in to receive mileage credit.
Airlines that do not participate in the Global Distribution System:
There are several other airline carriers that do not participate in the Global Distribution System (GDS), and because of that fact, these reservations require manual agent intervention. Air Tran and jetBlue are two of these carriers that even though they may have the contract city-pair for a market, and can be booked online, they will incur a full service fee. GSA is trying to convince these airlines to automate their ticketing process so in the future we can achieve self-service fees with these carriers.
List of Airlines that will incur a Full Service Fee:
Africa Air Charter
Alaska Marine Highway
Bering Air Inc.
Canadian North/Air Norterra Inc.
Fjord Flying Service
Forty Mile Air
Frontier Flying Service
FS Air Service / Trans Air Benin
Kenmore Air Harbour Inc.
Lab Flying Service
Larry's Flying Service
Pacific Coast Airlines.
Pan AM Clipper Connect/Boston Maine Airways
Penair (Peninsula Airways)
Warbelows Air Ventures
Wings of Alaksa
Wright Air Service
Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact your bureau lead.