Federally-contracted reduced fares and room rates are negotiated with the airlines and hotels by the federal gov. for use by federal employees on federal travel. Federal employees pay for travel using a federally –issued credit card so vendors can be assured that travel is being paid by the federal government. State employees, however, may be traveling on any number of funding sources. It is up to the individual hotel or airline to decide if they will extend the federally-contracted reduced rate to state employees.
For lodging, UW employees may explain to the hotel that the UW complies with the Federal Government per diem guidelines and request that they accept the reduced-rate. It is at the hotel’s discretion whether or not to extend the reduced-rate to the UW employee.