Does the President or his staff collect points when on the campaign trail?

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  1. bthobe
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    With election season upon us, I started to wonder if the President and or his staff, aide's, security team etc... collect points when they are staying at major chain hotels when traveling? Recently President Obama was in Las Vegas staying at the Westin Lake Las Vegas and was wondering who collected all those points? :)

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    Good question, I'm curious too. I wonder if the President's reservation will be under his actual name or an alias...
     
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    Pretty hard to get points when you're on Air Force One and the Romney campaign uses charter planes (we saw one in ATL a few weeks ago.)

    <lol>

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    Yup, beat me to it. Even though he's campaigning the President still travels on AF1. The Vice President on AF2. Security is still security.

    The "other" party will travel by charter plane, both for convenience, logistics and security measures.


    Embedded media will fly with both.
     
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    They should have Air Force Mileage program or Governmental Mileage Program instead...

    *Can be used without blackout dates with most Air Force, Naval Aviation, and other non-commercial flights.
    **Carrier Surcharge may apply when starting or ending journey onboard a Aircraft Carriers underway at sea.
    ***Other Restrictions apply, please see general physical requirements.

    ;)
     
  6. bthobe
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    Hotel wise though, I hope someone is collecting all those points as it would be sad to see all that go to waste.
     
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    Actually, Federal employees now get to keep their points when they travel on commercial flights.... once upon a time they didn't.

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    There are the hotels though... I saw an infographic from flipkey today that said the Romney campaign spent over $200k on Marriott hotels. That's a lot of points to give up :)
     
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    Didn't Hillary do something like 700k BIS miles in the first year in office? With premium tickets they could rack up miles for a lifetime in one four year period alone.
     
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    technically those are taxpayers' points.. ;)
     
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    That's a step in the right direction.. :)
     
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    So where can I file my claim to get some of those points owed to me as a tax payer? :)
     
  13. LarryInNYC

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    I'm sure there's an enormous amount of airline travel engaged in by people working for the campaigns. Those campaigns are private endeavors, by the way, and the people who work for them are not public employees (that's a big no-no).

    I'm sure that people who are flying and staying on the campaign's dime are collecting the miles and points due to them just like anyone else travelling on business. At least, I hope they are!
     
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    I won't count on it.. :p

    Ah yes, the frequent flyer in us just screams at missed opportunities like these! :D
     
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    Actually some of the people involved *with* the campaign trip are govt. employees -- think Secret Service and others are too including the Pres. and VP.

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    Hopefully some of the members of the secret service are putting their SPG/Marriott/Hilton etc.. numbers down for these stays as I am sure they could use a couple of free nights like the rest of us when they go on vacation
     
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    I would think rates for the truly top brass are negotiated and may not include things like frequent stayer points. For that matter, the president might not even pay at all. I'd guess the lower support staff get them if staying on standard government rates.
     
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    I thought the announcement for OneWorld last week was going to be for Air Fore One joining the alliance...
     
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    True; that changed over in the early 2000's, I believe. I guess the government finally decided it was illogical to deny their employees points and miles when they lacked an effective means to collect or use them themselves.
     
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    I would say the president's crew doesn't get anythign as it is all probably negotiated with the hotel itself, rather then individual rooms. Like Secret Service rents out floors of the hotel, not just a suite.
     
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    Still... a meeting planner could reap big points booking this kind of stay. At the end of the day, I am sure all charges go to a master bill. However, said master bill could have someones frequent hotel account number on it. Man... talk about a wicked way to meet minimum spend on a credit card. :)
     
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    Usually when you have a negotiated group rate the points are minimal to the organizers. I host an event every year that gives a local hotel 125+ room nights over 3 days and we get 10,000 points. Not enough to write home about.
     
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    I don't know if RCs are an option for your event, but they look after planners reasonably well.

    http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Rewards/Promotions/RewardingEvents.htm

    It wouldn't surprise me if there were more Ritz Platinum meeting planners than there were Ritz Platinum regular-way guests!
     
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    Glad to see at least some of the staff on Mitt's campaign are banking a ton of Marriott points. It would be awesome if they could use their Marriott Visa cards on top of all that to!
     
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