Hearing rumors that some agencies are disallowing folks from booking Marriott due to the long cancellation policy. Can anyone confirm or deny?
I stay on gov rate and havent seen this. 2 days seems ample. Granted im a contractor and we dont book through Gov-Concur - but our own.
We've been told not to book direct with any hotel, to use Fedrooms or CW SATO instead. This was not a Marriott only thing. I don't travel too often these days but for the two trips I've taken since we were told that...I've booked direct on Marriott.com. I think the directive here was because some idiots were taking the Advance Purchase rate. Rules around here are generally made due to the stupidity of a few people.
I figure I will take a chance on paying out of pocket for a day if I have to cancel last minute.
andyphishhead wrote: Rules around here are generally made due to the stupidity of a few people.
Rules around here are generally made due to the stupidity of a few people.
Think you're being quite generous
Gov Con here. I just finished a Govt. rate stay this morning at a Marriott property. Standard 3-day cancellation policy that has been in effect for some time now. My wife is a Federal employee, and stayed at 2 separate Marriott properties for work last month on govt. rate.
Not quite sure why this rumor is going around? Is it agency specific? Please specify source of information, or disregard as hearsay if you can't validate it. As the largest hotel operator in North America, I find it almost incredible that the Govt. would/could make such a restriction....esp. since Marriott and/or Hilton end up being the only game in town in some locations.
Curious to see how this thread develops....
As a Federal employee I can confirm we have been "directed" (strongly encouraged) not to book at marriott.com or directly with any other hotel. Could be agency specific, but as I said...I do it anyway and of course they offer Government rates. I will continue to book directly until I am told it is official policy that we don't...and I hope I'm retired by then. I don't think it would be out of line to believe some agencies have disallowed it. It's not a no Marriott policy here, as there are plenty of Marriott properties listed on Fedrooms.
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