I don't understand. Are you just saying that you get less points because the government rate is lower (sometimes)? Or is the government rate somehow ineligible for points and I just never realized it?
You have a credit card or anything else to help boost the points earning? Interestingly (to me), my overall numbers are quite a bit lower than yours, but you average roughly 1298 points earned per night stayed while I've done about 1992.
yes I believe that is what he is saying . Since the government rate is lower and points are based on what you actually pay you get less points per stay than if you were paying rack rate. I also suspect that he must use a government credit card and might not be able to use the Marriott reward card
The government rates can be much lower than the normal rates. For example i paid $169/night in Waikiki and $147/night in San Diego for the high end properties. Most of my stays have been at $79/night. I used my premier card for the first half of the stays but they took that perk away and I use a corporate card now.
7, You are averaging 50% more per stay. That is quite substantial.
Those points are with the 50k from the card and getting mega bonus twice.
Mine are almost all in DC where the gov rate is $177 (sometimes higher than regular rate which really ticks me off) or overseas. Plus, I have pay out of pocket and get reimbursed, so I always use my Marriott Visa (use it for all my daily purchases, personal flights, train tickets, etc... too so I guess the bonus points add up).
Terms and strictness vary by hotel. Usually, you only need a government ID and sometimes they also allow personal travel of government employees. Sometimes they don't even ask for the ID. I have heard that sometimes they will ask to see orders. I've never been asked though.
I Am strictly a Government rate Platinum as well. If your Government credit card is on file and you're using that to pay, they generally don't need to see your Government ID. I will be in the same boat as this OP With a lot of stays but fewer points.
When traveling on official business, hotels are supposed to go on your Government card.
I used the government rate for personal travel for years and at hotels we frequented often they seldom wanted to see the ID as they had record of us previously staying there. So I would travel with my ID regardless and it also helped quite a bit in security lines at certain airports allowing us to use the Crew Line.
I use the government rate most of the time, whether for personal or official travel. Out of habit, i present my ID when I check in. Never had an issue. On business, I do have to use my government credit card instead of my MR Visa, but I don't mind forgoing those points when someone else is picking up the tab.
In case anyone is curious about the official Marriott Policy, it states that "To be eligible for government discount rates, guests must be an active duty member of the military or current employee of any level of local, county, state, or federal government within the United States." Details can be found at Marriott Hotel Rate Frequently Asked Questions.
The rate can be significantly lower than regular rates, but not always. In and around Washington, D.C., the government rate is often not the best choice. It's always a good idea to check whatever different rates for which you are eligible.
Of course as has been pointed out earlier, paying less for a room does reduce the number of points earned, but I prefer to save money over earning more points.
My wife qualifies for the government rate. What I have found is that in DC, the government rate is often available and better than rates at hotels that are bumped in price due to conferences. However, the rate is worse than hotels night experiencing such price increases--and rates are worse than Rewards or Elite Exclusive Offers. Outside the DC area, the prices are quite good, but with limited selection of hotels. For example, virtually nothing in San Francisco will be available on the government rate. In NYC, the government rate is pretty decent for a few hotels, but not available at many. You are often expected to commute from a suburb, where the rate will be good.
Yeah, I'm about to go to DC (actually staying in Rosslyn) and there are regular rates cheaper than the gov rates. As a taxpayer, I hate to pay a higher gov rate, but the cheaper rates tend to be less flexible if something happens that requires me to cancel or leave early or anything like that.
When I was on the Defense Science Board I was always amazed that they made me always book a fully refundable airline rate. So when I would be in New Hampshire going to Dc it would be 1000 vs a non refundable rate of say 400. Since I had to go thru the government travel agency I had no choice
I'm a government employee who travels 70 - 90 nights a year on official business. I stay in Marriott properties most of the time. For you taxpayers out there, if a government employee stays at a Marriott, he/she pays the same as if he/she selected a Super Eight. To the penny. There is no abuse of taxpayer money afoot here. I have found that, since the government is generally (but not always) lower than other rates, I accrue at a slower rate than my private sector colleagues. I still have accrued enough to be Platinum Premier for a number of years. I have not felt that I was a "Child of a lesser God" in Marriott's eyes because I was govt. I do feel obliged to use the government travel card, which does restrict your point accrual, but Uncle Sam is paying and he can direct that sort of thing. You can access the government rate when staying on personal trips. Don't use the government card. Not cool for personal expenses. In those cases, you can use your Marriott card and get the bonus. I have been asked for government ID about 10% of the time. Government rates tend to be generally cheaper in the hinterlands, like a Fairfield Inn out in the sticks. If you are going to a big city, government rates are generally better Monday thru Thursday. But they stay the same over the weekend when the road warriors go home. The hotel may well lower other rates. If you're going to DC,. NYC, Philly, LAX, SFO, etc, check out the other options if you're going on a weekend. AAA, Senior, or just a weekend rate may beat government Thur thru Sun.