Report: State agencies wasted $544k in unused airline tickets

Report: State agencies wasted $544K in unused airline tickets

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Office of State Inspector General issued a report Friday saying between July 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2013, state travelers purchased 1,190 non-refundable airline tickets valued at more than a half-million dollars, and allowed them to expire.

The report states, "These tickets lost all their value because they were not used within one year of their scheduled travel dates. Individuals from at least 112 agencies purchased tickets that expired during the period of our review. At least seventy travelers purchased two or more tickets amounting to $82,201 which went unused and were allowed to expire."

Of the top ten agencies with the most expired airfare, LSU ranks #1 with a total of $123,007.39. LSU Athletics, Louisiana Tech, LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport, and Southern University - Baton Rouge finish out the top five.

LSU issued a response saying "In FY14, LSU had a total air spend with Short's Travel in the amount of $7,705,067, with expired tickets in the amount of $133,630 - or 2% of total spend. LSU will continue to monitor unused tickets and work to reduce the number and amount of tickets that go unused."

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