Traveler Volume 4 | Issue 1 | February 2009
HELP DESK HOW IS ECONOMY IMPACTING FEDERAL TRAVEL HABITS?
Hours: M-F, 7-3:30 CST
Contact: 1-800-226-1741 There is no question that the current economy is impacting the way people
spend money. But what is the impact of the recession on business travel, and
how are trends in the corporate sector mirrored in the Government market?
EDUCATIONAL Orbitz for Business conducted a 2008 year-end survey, which focused on
OPPORTUNITIES emerging trends in corporate travel policies. According to survey results,
corporations focused the majority of their overall efforts in 2008 on leveraging
Attend the upcoming cost-efficiencies through stricter travel policies versus scaling back overall
FedRooms® 101 training travel. In fact, nearly three fourths of survey respondents (71%) said that
webinar (it’s free!) they had as many, if not more, business trips in 2008 as the year prior.
• Tuesday, March 24, 2009
at 2pm central time. Some of the strengthened policy components referenced in the survey included
The webinar is a 1/2 hour booking travel further in advance (whenever possible), driving to destinations
overview of the FedRooms pro- more frequently than flying, and even sharing hotel rooms.
gram (who can use the program,
how to access the FedRooms As the economy continued to experience challenges over the course of the
year, the number of survey respondents who reported maintaining travel fre-
Rate, etc.), followed by optional
quency dropped to 39 percent in the fourth quarter, indicating that corpora-
Q&A and discussion time.
tions are pursuing more aggressive measures to cut business travel costs.
Visit the FedRooms 101 link on How do the trends in corporate travel mirror those in the Federal Government?
the traveler page at FedRooms is asking Federal Travelers to weigh in by taking a
FedRooms.com for additional brief (less than 5 minutes) survey. To thank you for your
information. FedRooms® will also input, we will reward the first 50 respondents with a $5
host private sessions for groups Starbucks Gift Card.
of 15 or more. Contact
email@example.com for Results of this survey will be posted
details. online, and emailed after the survey is
closed in March 2009. Source: htrends.com
THE QUARTER NOW MORE THAN EVER—CHOOSE FEDROOMS
Today, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs. Help support your
“I called a hotel and asked for
Agency’s efforts to save money by booking the FedRooms Rate. As pro-
the government rate, and was
gram utilization increases, FedRooms can negotiate more competitive rates
not able to get it. Then I tried
with participating hotels. Book-
FedRooms.com, and was able to
ing a competitive FedRooms
book the FedRooms Rate, within
Rate today ensures a better Fed-
government per diem, at the ho-
Rooms Rate tomorrow. Ask for it
tel I had called moments before.
by name. Accept no substitutes.
-Federal traveler, via
FedRooms.com website usability
The FedRooms Check-in, Continued February 2009 | page 2
TIPS TO STAYING
GERM-FREE IN-FLIGHT DID YOU KNOW?
As cold and flu season gets into full swing, The new Boeing 787
travelers are increasingly aware of what’s was unveiled on July
floating around in the shared air at 35,000 8, 2007 (7/8/7), just
feet. Following are some important steps in time to whisk away
you can take to ensure you are neither all the honeymooners
spreading nor contracting pesky germs in married on 7/7/7.
• Respect others. The reality is that you PROGRAM
shouldn’t fly if you’re sick. Period. Not DETAILS
only can you cause other passengers to
• There are currently
contract your illness, you could
more than 6,500 ho-
potentially worsen an illness affecting tels in the FedRooms®
ears or sinuses through changes in air program from around
pressure during takeoff and landing. the world.
EXTENDED STAY DELUXE • Wash your hands. Whether it’s before • Travelers can recom-
you eat or after you mend specific hotels
When you “Stay Deluxe,” you’ll enjoy go to the lavatories, for inclusion in the
the extras you want with the space good hand hygiene FedRooms program
and comfort you need – all at a rate
is essential to good through the
that meets or beats the per diem.
health. “Nominate a Hotel”
Extended Stay Deluxe offers spacious
• If you are sitting link on Fed-
suites with full kitchens, wireless
next to a visibly ill Rooms.com.
Internet, pillow-top mattresses and
more. Deluxe amenities include: DVD passenger, ask a • FedRooms® is the
players, MP3-ready alarm clocks, De- flight attendant if official government-
luxe Mornings™ gourmet coffee bar, you can move to an- wide lodging program
lobby print stations, fitness centers, other seat. managed by the U.S.
and pools (site specific). General Services
Source: msnbc.com Administration (GSA).
Whether you’re staying a night, a
week or a month, choose Extended
Stay Deluxe or one of our other great
Extended Stay Hotels’ brands includ- FEDROOMS® FAQs
ing Extended Stay Deluxe, Extended
Stay America, Homestead Studio Q: Can I book the FedRooms Rate for personal travel?
Suites, Crossland Economy Studios, A: Yes! The FedRooms Rate is available to government employees on
and StudioPLUS – nearly 700 hotels
leisure travel at approximately 60% of the more than 6,500
nationwide and in Canada.
participating properties. To access the FedRooms Rate, simply visit
More comfort. More convenience. www.fedrooms.com, enter your search criteria, and select “leisure”
More savings. That’s the extended in the “Filter Search Results” section.
value of Extended Stay Hotels. Q: Why should I ask for the FedRooms Rate instead of the government
rate, aren’t they one in the same?
A: No! The FedRooms Rate and the government rate are not the
same. FedRooms Rates are negotiated specifically on behalf of
Federal Government travelers, and are always at or below Federal
Government per diems. “Government” rates are unmanaged, and
15% are actually over per diem. “Government” rates can also have
hidden fees that add up to a bigger bill at check-out.