This small rant is specifically about federal government rates, but likely applies with equal force to state and municipal rates as well. For background, what folks within the government refer to as the "federal government rate" is the amount as established by the General Services Administration as the maximum amount it will reimburse a civilian-agency employee per night on official travel. The rates vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and in most jurisdictions, from month to month. For example, the federal government rate in September for Chicago is $157. I cannot otherwise say that the term has a particular legal meaning. A federal worker may spend more, but to the extent he or she spends more, it is on his or her dime. Equally, no hotel is required to offer a room at the federal rate, but in my experience, yield management algorithms are set up such that most hotels will make a room available (capturing perhaps otherwise lost revenue) when they are otherwise offering a room on their websites at 150% the government rate. Hyatt.com (and Marriott.com) make it pretty easy to search government rates. My small rant is that what Hyatt.com lists as a "federal government rate" at times exceeds the federal government rate as defined above. For example, a dummy booking for September 5 at the PH Chicago shows a $316 "Federal Government Rate" - just over twice the official government rate. Now, I do not expect a room at the PH Chicago for $157. I just would like for such discrepancies to be more properly noted. A less informed traveler could end up booking and being left holding the bag for the balance. Marriott.com does get this right. At times, such as resort area properties, a search on the government rate will yield rates which exceed the government rates as described above, but Marriott.com prominently discloses that discrepancy in bright red letters. I do wish Hyatt might get this a bit better, and be more mindful of what the term of art "federal government rate" means in the eyes the people who qualify for it.