The Travel Office has announced new discounts at the Club Quarters hotel in Washington, DC (with courtesy rates in other cities), as well as a new contract with TWA and an increased discount with USAir.
MIT became a member of Club Quarters in Washington as of February 1. Club Quarters facilities, which offer rates that are significantly below comparable hotels, are designed for frequent business travelers from member organizations. This arrangement will allow members of the MIT community (whether on business or personal travel in Washington, DC) to take advantage of the low rates offered by Club Quarters.
Located in Farragut Square on 17th Street NW, the Washington branch of Club Quarters has four kinds of accommodations that range in price (for weekdays) from $79-$129 in the low season and $109-$179 in the high season. Low season in 1999 is from January 1- February 21, July 2-September 12 and November 19-December 31. High season runs from February 22-July 1 and September 13-November 18.
Weekend rates range from $46-$86 in low season and $76-$139 in high season. Weekend rates will be honored, on request, for a Friday or Saturday arrival with departure no later than Monday, except for certain holiday periods. Multiple occupancy is an additional $13 per person.
According to Ellen Sico in the Travel Office, the average hotel rate in Washington, DC ranges from $160 to $345 per day.
To make reservations at Club Quarters, contact their central reservations office at (212) 575-0006 and identify yourself as a member of the MIT community.
MIT's membership with Club Quarters in Washington will also provide for lower rates at their locations in New York (downtown and midtown), Boston and the facility that will open this spring in Philadelphia. Visitors coming to the Institute can get the lower rates at the Club Quarters in the financial district of Boston by mentioning MIT's membership.
Discounts of 20 percent are now available on all domestic TWA flights, except non-stops to and from St. Louis, for first class (F25), full coach (Y25), and full coach upgraded seats (YUP). A discount of 10 percent is available on all other published domestic fares.
These discounts are available through January 31, 2000. Reservations may be made through American Express Travel, x3-7961; Omni Travel, x3-9405; or Raymond & Whitcomb, x3-4438.
MIT's discounted rate with US Air has been increased from 6 to 8 percent for domestic, Canadian and international flights through the end of calendar year 1999. To take advantage of the discount, MIT community members must book their flights through American Express Travel or Omni Travel.
Discounted fares are also available through American Airlines and Northwest Airlines. For additional information about the airline and other travel discounts that MIT has negotiated, see the MIT Travel web page.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 10, 1999.