Discounted rates for military personnel are available nationwide at certain hotel chains. These rates are typically established by the U.S. General Services Administration and are called U.S. government per diem rates. Discounts are offered to people travelling on business or pleasure within the continental United States. Most discounts are not available in combination with other offers.
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According to the Marriott International website, Marriott is the number one hotel provider for the U.S. government. Marriott brands offering military discounts include Fairfield Inn, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, SpringHill Suites, The Ritz-Carlton and Courtyard. Federal government rates are available to active United States military personnel, but do not extend to retired military personnel or dependents. Guests must show a valid military I.D. on check-in. In early 2010, special offers were available to government workers staying at Marriott hotels in the Atlanta area.
Corporate Headquarters Marriott International 10400 Fernwood Road Bethesda, MD 20817 (301) 380 3000 www.marriott.com/specials/govtmil/default.mi>
Best Western Hotels give discounts to all government employees, military personnel and civilian military personnel. Those lacking an official identification card can apply online for a Best Western-issued government traveller card. This must be done prior to the stay in order to receive a discount, as the card takes approximately seven to 14 days to arrive.
Best Western Hotels Government Representative (623) 780-6842 www.bestwestern.com/programs/govt.asp>
More than 2,700 Choice Hotels properties participate in the military discount program. This includes Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, EconoLodge, Clarion and MainStay Suites. The discount is given to both active and retired military personnel as well as their dependents and members of some military associations. Identification is required on check-in, and an eligible party must be a guest in the room. The Choice Privileges Armed Services program is a rewards program in which members can earn points and special offers for staying at a hotel from the Choice Hotels chain.
Choice Hotels International 10750 Columbia Pike Silver Spring, MD 20901 (301) 592-5000 www.choicehotels.com/ires/en-US/html/GovernmentProgram?sid=$dSS.DXGjhgLTx.6>
InterContinental Hotels Group
The InterContinental Hotels Group includes brands like Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites and Hotel Indigo. Participating hotels give a number of perks to military personnel, including the general discount. Additional benefits include free local phone calls of up to £3.20, free continental breakfasts and a 10 per cent discount on dinner. Government-issued ID must be shown to receive each discount, which is not valid on long-distance phone calls, alcoholic beverages, or room service. Alternatively, travellers can print an IHG online traveller card, which can be presented at check-in to get government rates. See the Resources section below for details.
Americas InterContinental Hotels Group PO Box 30321 Salt Lake City, Utah 84130 (800) 621-0555 www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/c/2/content/dec/teaser/hi/1/en/lp/gov/tc.html>
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