A thread on Flyertalk caught my eye the other day and I thought you may be interested. It seems that Marriotts are now enforcing the actual rules when it comes to allowing customers to use the Federal Government rate. It’s not that people with no association to the military are trying to use that discounted rate. These are military contractors who are typically are required to bill the Government no more than Per Diem for their travel. However, hotel chains usually have a separate rate for Federal Government contractors which is sometimes higher than Per Diem. You would think that the hotels would know those rules and match the Per Diem rate, but maybe they think they could get a few more bucks from contractors. So they contractors try to slip one by and often do.
I have to admit that I am very rarely asked to show ID to provide that I am military when staying at a hotel booked under the Government Rate which clearly specifies that you need to show a valid ID. Laziness on the part of the check-in staff? Maybe, but maybe they just look at me and think “this guy’s got to be military with an excellent haircut like that”. Sounds like I’ll be showing my ID from now on, at least at Marriotts. It will be interesting to see if other hotel chains follow.
Why does this affect you? Well just like each flight only has a certain number of seats available for 25,000 miles, hotels only set aside a certain number of rooms per night at the Government Rate. If someone books all those rooms you are out of luck. I know that I have sometimes had to get a room far away from where I wanted due to no Federal Government rooms being available.
Read the whole thread here and let us know what you think.