Flying is certainly not the only area where servicemembers get benefits while travelling; there are many hotels at which we get discounts and perks as well!
Most of the major chains in the US and abroad offer military or governmental rates, which are (usually) discounted from their daily rate. You don’t need to be on official military travel to take advantage of these rates, you just need to have a military ID.
Marriott – They offer standard gov’t/military rates to those with active duty military IDs, federal gov’t employees, and Canadian active duty. These rates do not apply to retirees or dependents. For more detail, check out at this link.
Hilton – Like Marriott, they offer stand gov’t/military rates with active duty IDs. For more detail, check out this link.
IHG, the parent company for Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, and others, offers military discounts, even when on leisure travel. In addition, IHG has been taking over Army lodging in their IHG PAL program, currently having locations on 39 bases nationwide. Check out this link to get a map or list of their locations or book a stay.
Hyatt – There is no chain-wide military policy that I can find. Apparently each Hyatt offers different military discounts; it is based on that particular hotel’s policy. I would call ahead to the hotel I’m staying at to find out their military discount rate. For instance, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando offers a military discount, but you’d have to call ahead to find out about it.
Best Western – Offers a standard gov’t/military rate discount. For more detail, check out this link.
SPG – Starwood hotels include the Westin, W, Sheraton, St Regis, etc. They offer active duty servicemembers standard government/military rates. Details here.
Club Carlson – The loyalty program of hotels such as Radisson, Park Inn, Park Plaza, and Country Inns & Suites, offers standard gov’t/military discount. For more detail, check out this link.
La Quinta – when you join La Quinta Returns Military Rewards, you get a bunch of really nice perks, probably more than any other hotel chain, including status. They include:
- 12% off our low Best Available Rates with your Military discount
- “Instant” La Quinta Returns Gold status with Military recognition
- 2,000 Bonus Points after your first stay as a Military Rewards member*
- 20% More Points For Your Stays
- Free Room Upgrade Certificates
- Express Check-In … and more
Choice Hotels – This chain includes Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, etc., and has a standard discount rate for gov’t/military leisure travel. However, they also have the Choice Privileges Armed Services program, which includes:
NEW! We established the Choice Privileges Armed Services program that allows active duty or reserve military members, retired military, National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and eligible spouses/dependants to join our Choice Privileges rewards program at the Elite Gold level.**
Choice Privileges Armed Services members will receive:
- Points at over 5,000 Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn hotels
- 10% point bonus on all stays
- Exclusive customer service and reservations phone numbers
- Exclusive Elite member offers and in-hotel benefits
Like La Quinta, you get status at their Gold level, which is pretty cool. Details here.
Wyndham – Includes hotels like Wingate, Day’s Inn, Travelodge, etc., has a standard gov’t/military discount. Details here.
In addition, there are a bunch of other ways to save on lodging. Militaryrates gives a long list of independent hotels that offer military discounts.
Finally, Veterans Advantage is a membership program for military members, which offers members discounts on travel. COL has written extensively on them. They have deeper discounts on Wyndham, Choice, Kimpton, and Red Roof, as well as having a dedicated 24 hour line to help with hotel bookings. Check out the details here.