FedRooms Check-in Traveler--February 2009

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					                                                                 Traveler Volume 4 | Issue 1 | February 2009

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 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 for             Results of this survey will be posted
details.                            online, and emailed after the survey is
                                    closed in March 2009. Source:
       QUOTE OF
      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-, 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 website usability
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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.
                                         your travels.
                                         •   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
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:       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., 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.

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