Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
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.