travel to USAFA...

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  1. bmw17

    bmw17 NWP 2012

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    I have been offered an appointment (which I am accepting) and now I am wondering about the commercial airline travel as provided by USAFA... It says in the "Travel to USAFA guidance" section on my portal to include the "Date of travel if earlier than Wednesday, June 26, 2013" on the form. I was thinking of going out to CO a week or two early and staying with a family friend to try to get used to the 7,258 ft. of altitude. Will the Academy still cover airfare if I am going out so early or should I select the "I will make my own travel arrangements option"? This is probably a very simple question but I just wanted to see if anyone had advice from previous years.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Delta

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    Receipt required...

    BMW17,

    I believe you just need to bring the receipt for the air-ticket to reimburse,
    and also check the distance between your home and airport..
    But, I'm not sure whether USAFA will reimburse the ground transportation
    from your home to the airport.
    Academy will reimburse your air ticket.. I'm sure.
    Someone in this forum may answer for the details.
    Thanks,
    Delta
     
  3. Blackbird

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    USAFA will reimburse the cost for door-to-door travel (including from your house to the airport). They will provide you with an airline ticket or reimburse you to drive including nights on the road. Parents should note that all travel reimbursement will be direct deposited into the cadet's Armed Forces Bank account. So if you spend the money to get them to USAFA, consider it a gift because you won't get it back.

    As far as coming early, if the portal says "to include the Date of travel if earlier than Wednesday, June 26, 2013 on the form" then I would do just that as USAFA would seem to be setup for just such a request.
     
  4. Proud mom 2016

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    USAFA arranged my son's travel last year and he went several days early as well to stay with friends and acclimate the altitude.
     
  5. greentrees

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    Pretty sure the Academy will reimburse up to the cost of what the ticket would have cost them if they purchased it. That means if AFA could have gotten the ticket for $200 and you spent $300, you will only be reimbursed the $200.

    I'd put down the day you want to travel and have them purchase the ticket for that date.
     
  6. scraper

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    I'm with greentrees,why be out money and have to do paper work etc;
     
  7. swimmerworr

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    Can you change your decision?

    At the time of accepting my appointment, my family wanted to plan travel arrangements so I checked "I will plan my own travel arrangements." Now, my parents are debating on whether or not I should have chosen the latter. Is there any possible way to change my decision? :confused:
     
  8. burnerafter16

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    If I remember correctly, the BFE contained contact information on the travel agency that USAFA uses to arrange travel for appointees that choose to have them schedule the flight. The only difference we had to consider was if your family chooses to fly with you, there may be difficulty getting on the same flight. While if you arrange your own and submit later on for reimbursement there's more flexibility. We just viewed it as additional pizza money that DS can use later on.
     
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    will the USAFA cover ground transportation from my house to the airport, then the actual plane fare and the ground transportation from airport to academy grounds? or just the plane fare? just want to make sure before we all make plans.
     
  10. greentrees

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    I know DS was paid a small for his trip out to AFA, and he was on a gov't ticket.

    On a typical travel voucher the military does pay an amount per mile from your house to the airport, then the gov't issued ticket, and an amount per mile from airport to the duty station.
    As I said in a previous post, if you purchase your own ticket, you might not get reimbursed for the whole cost of your ticket -- depends on what the gov't would have paid for the ticket.
     
  11. burnerafter16

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    I can only tell you that last year they only covered airfare. They (Traffic Management Office and Admissions) will issue an E-ticket.If you are travelling alone, the AF Academy will provide bus transportation from hotels listed in the appointee booklet for the trip to the Academy in-processing area.
    Hope this helps.
     

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