Getting there

When a Texas A&M department head and his two associate directors traveled from College Station to El Paso for a meeting in 2008, they used a school plane, at a cost of $1,895 per person. A recent survey of fares online suggests the three could have traveled for as little as $230 per person.

$2,000.00 $1,800.00 $1,600.00 $1,400.00 $1,200.00 $1,000.00 $800.00 $600.00 $400.00 $200.00 $0.00 A&M plane Commercial fare booked same day Commercial fare booked two weeks in advance

Roundtrip cost, per person

Former A&M President Elsa Murano used a school plane to get from College Station to Austin, a 106-mile trip. Here are some of the other options she could have chosen.
$1,200.00 $1,000.00 $800.00 $600.00 $400.00 $200.00 $0.00

Roundtrip cost, per person

A&M plane

Commercial fare Luxury car rental booked one day in advance

*** Figures meant as rough comparison. Does not adjust for fluctuations in pricing or inflation. Cost for luxury car rental does not include fuel. SOURCES: A&M invoices, online fare sites Research by MARK LISHERON, graphic by LEE ANN O’NEAL

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