Purchasing Agent - Andy Lane 319-335-1207

Category Code - 90121502

Travel Agencies

The University of Iowa currently has two preferred travel agencies to provide assistance in obtaining airline tickets, making hotel/motel reservations and securing car rentals.  They are Meacham Travel Service and Destinations Unlimited/Winebrenner.  They issue electronic tickets (E-tickets) so that no ticket delivery is necessary.  The required documentation will be sent or e-mailed to you prior to departure.

Destination Unlimited / Winebrenner

Vendor #                                             0000803446  

Users may make reservations through the local agent or the online portal, Concur, accessible at https://www.duagency.com/uiowa-travel/.

Location                                               Concur
419 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
755 Gilbert Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
Hours of Operation                        M–F 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  M–F 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CST
Phone 319-366-8904                                                     844-866-8808
After-Hours Emergency Center 844-866-8808                                                     844-866-8808
Main Agent                                        Patti Hartman (patti@duagency.com)    Tricia Manning (tricia@duagency.com)
Contract / Bid #                                16934 / RFP 15587  
Term of Contract                             Through 12/31/2021  



Vendor #                                              0000115479
Reservations   Users may make reservations through the local agent or submit an online request at their website http://www.meachamtravel.com/reservation.html.
Location  229 East Washington Street
Iowa City, IA 52242
Hours of Operation                        Monday 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. CST
Tuesday–Friday 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CST
Phone                                                   319-351-1360
After-Hours Emergency Center 844-866-8808
Main Point of Contact                   Elaine Shalla (elaine@meachamtravel.com)
Term of Contract                            Through 12/31/2021

To get the best price on airfare, it is important to book the flight in advance, usually 14 days in advance for domestic flights. Airfare usually drops considerably when the traveler stays at least one Saturday overnight at the destination. Payment usually has to be made within 24 hours of the reservation and is normally non-refundable. Fares are not guaranteed until tickets are issued. Tickets purchased at these agencies are subject to service fees to cover the cost of booking and professional services provided.  Fees are $35 for domestic and $50 for international tickets.

Preferred Airlines

These discounts may be applied to tickets for Official University of Iowa business travel only and must be ticketed through our UI Preferred Travel Agencies.  This includes guests coming to the University of Iowa as well as UI students/faculty/staff traveling on University business.  Restrictions apply; agencies will verify discounts.

Delta / Air France / KLM / Alitalia

Domestic Tickets issued for travel between May 1, 2013-April 29, 2016

Ticket Classes F,A, J, C, D, Y are eligible for a 6-7% discount
Classes B, M, H, Q are eligible for a 4-5% discount
Classes K, L, U, T are eligible for a 2% discount

International Tickets issued for travel between May 1, 2013-April 29, 2016

All fares discounted 2%

American Airlines/ Finnair/ Japan Airlines/ Qantas

Business Extra Program - Members only earn points from purchased, eligible, published-fare tickets on eligible flights booked in eligible fare classes for travel on (1) American Airlines, (2) British Airways, Iberia, and (3) Business Extra program select codeshare participants including Finnair, Japan Airlines and Qantas, ticketed through American Airlines.

Points are collected and distributed to each Org/College based on qualified spend.  Please contact Denise Hyche for more information.