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Any targeted offers to congressional staffers?

Old Dec 7, 2021, 8:21 pm
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Any targeted offers to government employees

My neice just became government employee I'm wondering if southwest has any targeted offers for them. Southwest is the only nonstop to AUS out of DCA (unless AA adds it to their Austin expansion), so she is probably going to use it alot.

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Old Dec 8, 2021, 6:42 am
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Never heard of any such thing.

But - there are some good offers to get 50-100,000 miles via Southwest Credit Cards.
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Old Dec 8, 2021, 10:21 am
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If she is vouchering travel, WN has the GSA city pair contract between DCA-AUS and BWI-AUS. UA has the contract from IAD-AUS.
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Old Dec 9, 2021, 1:41 pm
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GSA fares of course. Also depending on her "level" she can get certain considerations at TSA. AUS probably not worth it but at DCA could be a huge help
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Old Dec 9, 2021, 2:22 pm
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Originally Posted by sdix
GSA fares of course. Also depending on her "level" she can get certain considerations at TSA. AUS probably not worth it but at DCA could be a huge help
Get the high end SWA card and they will pay for TSA precheck. Even if not free - still well worth it.
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Old Dec 9, 2021, 2:57 pm
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Get the high end SWA card and they will pay for TSA precheck. Even if not free - still well worth it.
Staffers often get to bypass TSA especially at DCA
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Old Dec 13, 2021, 5:41 pm
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Originally Posted by Jerseyguy
My neice just became government employee I'm wondering if southwest has any targeted offers for them. Southwest is the only nonstop to AUS out of DCA (unless AA adds it to their Austin expansion), so she is probably going to use it alot.
there are laws that make such things illegal to get. It violates various govt ethics laws to take such things even if offered.

general broad brush offers like military discounts are allowed.

southwest will offer lower fares deals out of DCA to airports they fly direct to thst come up.

getting to BWI is not hard from the Capitol.

metro or walk to union station ( about a 15 min walk)
take a $7 MARC train to BWI station
across the road to the parking garage there is a free bus that takes you to bwi airport.

United has a hub at Dulles so directs are offered. In spring 2022 silver line metro will open at Dulles airport. Its about an hour ride from Capitol south metro station. Unsure what the fare will be for this.

WN usually has a one stop/ no plane change flight to austin too. I think it goes through New Orleans but could go through nashville.
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Old Dec 13, 2021, 5:45 pm
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Originally Posted by sdix
GSA fares of course. Also depending on her "level" she can get certain considerations at TSA. AUS probably not worth it but at DCA could be a huge help
Originally Posted by sdix
Staffers often get to bypass TSA especially at DCA
depends on their level. They go through a TSA pre check type of system and get credentialed to do this. A fed ID alone doesn’t do it.

ait.ines offering a staffer anything special is an ethics violation where they can get fired.
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Old Dec 13, 2021, 5:50 pm
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GSA fares of course. Also depending on her "level" she can get certain considerations at TSA. AUS probably not worth it but at DCA could be a huge help
only official travel get GSA fares. Personal travel does not.

even for official travel, you still need to book early to get The nonstop flight. Booking last minute the non stop price even for GSA exceeds the price cap so a connecting flight is the only option.

The last 20 years my work travel has been under GSA/ fed travel rules.
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