U.S. Government Employee Discounts

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I'd like to start a thread where employees of the U.S. Government can see the various discounts they receive from various retailers/service providers/etc. Car Rental companies, hotel chains, computer manufacturers,etc all have programs in place to offer discounts.

Phone companies are the obvious ones. I know that Nextel offers anywhere from 10%-25% off your rate plan for gov't employees depending on which agency you work for.

I'll try and keep the list up to date on the OP, but if you'd like to PM me or reply to this I'll keep the list current.

Thanks in advance for your help!

CELLULAR DISCOUNTS:
Postal Employee Discount for Nextel
US DOJ Employee Discount for Nextel
Dept. of Homeland Security Discount for Nextel
Dept. of Treasury Employee Discount for Nextel
Dept. of Defense Employee Discount for Nextel
Dept. of Commerce Employee Discount for Nextel
CINGULAR
5% off at Sprint PCS
Verizon- call Verizon Business Support in Houston, Texas, at 800-323-4045 (thanks Pab)
Cingular 19% discount 1-800-319-6393
T-Mobile 14% 1-866-646-4688
Sprint 15% 1-888-788-4727.
Nextel 18% 1-800-639-6111
Verizon 15% call 1-866-456-7892 option 1 enter your fax number and fax the form back.
https://b2b.verizonwireless.com/tbmb/rylEnterEmailAddress.do

CAR RENTAL DISCOUNTS:
Thrifty Car Rental - U.S. Gov't Program
AVIS
Dollar

CAR INSURANCE:
Geico Car Insurance - Federal Discount

POSTAL EMPLOYEES:
List of Discounts offered by various companies

HOTEL DISCOUNTS:
Travelodge
Best Western

COMPUTERS:
Apple Computers - includes IPOD!
Dell Computers
MPC Computers
Gateway Computers
MICROSOFT - NEED COMPANY CODE
HPSHOPPING.COM - NEED COMPANY CODE

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arent other threads like this in the finance forum?

quit making silly threads like this "official xxxx"

Doonie said: [Q]arent other threads like this in the finance forum?

I haven't seen any....did you find some?

hammer45,

I like the thread, good job.

NM..double-post

NM

Not a complaint, but not the agency I work for or the parent one... FAA or DOT, see any of them? I know usually on most things like cars, hotels, I just show them my Id and get a sizable discount.

not a bad idea, but probably needs to be in deal discussion.

If OP can keep it current, it'll be very useful. Thanks OP.

schmedy said: [Q]Not a complaint, but not the agency I work for or the parent one... FAA or DOT, see any of them? I know usually on most things like cars, hotels, I just show them my Id and get a sizable discount.

Couldn't find one for DOT or FAA....still looking.

thanks op

Any thought of including other gov't employees on this as well...such as NYC employees?

Great idea, thanks OP! Here's my contribution:

Govt Employee Travel Opportunities

This place is for real-- and has awesome deals.

Thanks OP.

Looking for a cell phone through Nextel(only service that works in my area) and forgot about the DoD discount.

Has anyone done this discount using any of the rebate deals on phones at Amazon?
I'd think you'd want to buy the phone and plan(without discount) from Amazon and then call for the DoD discount, right? Will this affect the Amazon rebate and what info does Nextel need to verify you work for the DoD? I heard they ask for a photocopy or fax of your work ID badge...I could get in big trouble giving that out. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>

TIA

queco said: [Q]Any thought of including other gov't employees on this as well...such as NYC employees?

The list would get too long and confusing. Consider starting a seperate topic for NYC employees.

Thanks!

Good job OP. The Quick summary is a good place to utilize for everyone to keep updated instead of just the OP. Federal is already pretty large, if you start including state, it gets VERY complicated very quickly.

Any deal on how to become gman?

m123456890 said: [Q]Any deal on how to become gman?

G-Man Link

Well done OP!

Green for you <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

Car Rental Discount links are bad btw.

m123456890 said: [Q]Any deal on how to become gman?
www.usajobs.com Good luck or know a manager at a gov facility since the gov gives point preferences to veterans.

[Q]Any deal on how to become gman?
There's tons of different agencies, enter an alert at the
gov jobs site for job series 1811. As long as you're under 37
(with a few exceptions) you can see what's available.

Stinks that government contractors can never qualify for this stuff. Most of the time they might as well be government employees, their paychecks just don't come directly from the government.

Good Job OP. I'm in DOT. Thanks.

Keep up the good work

thank you
thegreatfixer

Great idea, OP!

Verizon Wireless gives a discount to most federal employees, but the amount of the discount depends on which agency you are with. I don't think they have a website for the discount; you have to call Verizon Business Support in Houston, Texas, at 800-323-4045 & talk to them about it.

heh these discounts will not lure me back to hell aka the post office

but great post op. green for you

treasurebeacon said: [Q]quit making silly threads like this "official xxxx"

Maybe you can contribute something better to this community?

ProppaT said: [Q]Stinks that government contractors can never qualify for this stuff. Most of the time they might as well be government employees, their paychecks just don't come directly from the government.

Where I work contractors get over 50% more in pay...they don't need any discounts. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

j/k

the 5% off sprint is so bogus considering they give every other company substantially more than that
anyone have the address for sprint
i want to send them a letter


dhodson said: [Q]the 5% off sprint is so bogus considering they give every other company substantially more than that
anyone have the address for sprint
i want to send them a letterVerizon is considerably more generous at 17% off for Federal employees.

barracuda420 said: [Q]ProppaT said: [Q]Stinks that government contractors can never qualify for this stuff. Most of the time they might as well be government employees, their paychecks just don't come directly from the government.

Where I work contractors get over 50% more in pay...they don't need any discounts. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

j/k

The contracting companies may...but the employees sure don't <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>. Hey, what are you talking about...you guys get benefits too. Paying for insurance out of pocket isn't fun...heheh

And the paychecks are bigger! Government employee pay is generally lower than private sector pay. Lots of contractors make more than the equiv government employee...like in Iraq, where the army guys driving trucks make 20-30K per year, and the contractors make over $100K for year, doing the same jobs!

And the taxpayer pays LOTS more, since the contracting firms make huge profits.

ProppaT said: [Q]Stinks that government contractors can never qualify for this stuff. Most of the time they might as well be government employees, their paychecks just don't come directly from the government.

ProppaT said: [Q]barracuda420 said: [Q]ProppaT said: [Q]Stinks that government contractors can never qualify for this stuff. Most of the time they might as well be government employees, their paychecks just don't come directly from the government.

Where I work contractors get over 50% more in pay...they don't need any discounts. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

j/k

The contracting companies may...but the employees sure don't <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>. Hey, what are you talking about...you guys get benefits too. Paying for insurance out of pocket isn't fun...heheh

No, they do where I work. Starting pay for my lowly electronics laborer position is ~$16.50/hr. The Lockheed Martin(now DS2) contractors start at ~$23/Hr. They almost make more than my boss. lol I'd imagine DS2 charges the DoD more than $50/hr. We charge our customers(the Navy, Army, Air Force, etc) $110 per hour. Gotta love all the costs for administrative fees, etc. The people that do all the real work and get the metal out the door as they say earn very little.

Benefits, at least for me, aren't that good either. I have to pay ~$75 per 2 weeks for major medical. Dental, vision and anything else is right out of my pocket...unless you're in an area where the major medical includes it...but the premium is a lot higher.

We get more vacation time though. We get 4 hrs a pay period vs DS2's 2.3 hrs.



bigcheapskate said: [Q]And the paychecks are bigger! Government employee pay is generally lower than private sector pay. Lots of contractors make more than the equiv government employee...like in Iraq, where the army guys driving trucks make 20-30K per year, and the contractors make over $100K for year, doing the same jobs!

And the taxpayer pays LOTS more, since the contracting firms make huge profits.

Don't forget, those contractors over there don't get much protection. Most are sent out from the bases to work on stuff with no Army protection. That's why most all those beheadings were contractors. But I guess that's the risk you take to make $120k per year with no Federal/State income taxes due.

what about military?

I was not aware that Verizon offered discounts for Gemployees. That's good to know.

But the link for the Cingular discounts seem to imply you have to open a line through GSA. Please tell me if I'm misunderstanding this.

As far as Geico is concerned, I think their rates are much higher than other national insurance providers even using the Gov't employee discounts. Everytime I do a comparison they are significantly higher than say www.travelers.com, aaa, mercury, etc.

Great thread lets keep it going.

Also, do the hotels offer the govt discount even without travel orders? I've asked this question to a few chains and they've specified that the discounts are only for valid travel orders. Then again I've never asked Best Western.

kraeji said: [Q]what about military?

Military are you kidding me? They get the best discounts of all!<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

Of course, most are for active duty.

Here's a list of a few places:

Here

or here

or here

greyhound

And don't forget Dell

Thanks OP!!!!
I'm a G-Man myself... this will workout great!!!


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