Most hotels offer discounted rates for government travelers, and the eligibility requirements vary a lot between chains.
IHG Hotels, per information on their page for the government rate plan, allows eligible members not only to use the rate for an official but also for leisure travel. You do need to have qualifying identification, however.
You can access this offer on IHG’s website here.
Here’s how IHG describes the rate plan:
Stay with confidence at IHG® Hotels & Resorts, now offering special government rates at participating hotels for business or leisure. Planning a Military reunion? Book event spaces and room block discounts so everyone can save. To book your military and government discount rate, use the reservation module on this page.
Most chains and hotels only offer Government rates for those that travel on official business, but it appears that IHG Hotels have opened this for all employees in the sector even when they travel for leisure.
The government rate tends to be the absolute lowest rate in most markets under normal circumstances. It could be different during pandemics, however.
Here the frequently asked questions by IHG:
Who qualifies for the U.S. Government rate??
We offer government rates at particpating hotels to the following personnel on official travel:
• All government employees (federal, state, county, local governments)
• Military personnel
• Defense or Cost Reimbursable Contractors (CRCs)
• State-funded higher education universities and healthcare facilities
What are IHG Army Hotels?
Located on 39 Army posts across the United States, IHG Army Hotels are committed to providing the same quality accommodations on-post as you would find at off-post hotels. These hotels serve military personnel and official guests, including military retirees and families. Visit the IHG Army Hotels website to learn more.
What is the government discount rate at IHG Hotels?
The Government Discount Rate is controlled by the individual hotels and is a percentage off our Best Flex Rate.
What government/military identification do I need to check in?
To receive your discounted rate, be sure to present our official identification or work orders when you check in at any of our participating hotels, many of which also offer special amenities for government travelers.
How do I book a per diem rate?
Per diem rates can booked on IHG.com or by calling 1-877-424-2449.