Some of the Best Federal Employee Discounts You Can Get

There are few people who wouldn’t mind saving a dollar here or there, and a number of companies offer federal employees discounts on a variety of essentials, from computers and cell phones to flights and hotels. But the best advice? Before you buy something, ask if a discount is available for federal employees—the worst you can hear is “no.”

Below is a list of some of the best federal employee discounts out there. But take note, there are many additional discounts available to active and retired military that are not included here.

Travel:

Most major hotel chains offer discounts to federal employees. When booking online, there will be a drop-down menu or check box for you to mark off your status. If you want to be sure that a hotel you’re considering has a cheaper rate, check http://hotels.idt.net. This searchable database is useful for both foreign and domestic travel. The same can be said for car rentals—all of the major chains (Alamo, Enterprise, Dollar, National, Avis, Budget, Hertz, etc.) offer employee discounts.

Some other websites to check out for travel and lodging deals for federal employees include:

  • http://www.govarm.com offers condominium rentals, cruises, car rentals, hotels, and vacation packages
  • http://www.getravelop.com offers timeshare rentals; the best deals are off-season and last minute
  • http://satovacations.com offers bookings on cruises, tour packages, hotels, flights, and more. Look for the red capitol icon next to each travel listing, which indicates that all federal employees can qualify for a discount
  • http://www.govvacationrewards.com offers savings at the time of booking for hotels, flights, cruises, cars, and vacation packages, but also allows you to accrue rewards over time that you can use toward the purchase of future travel

One word of caution: After running some searches to test the discounts, I noted that a few hotels returned higher rates for federal employees than the traditional, non-discounted rate. So do your homework before you book—check your federal discount against the standard rate (and any other rates you might qualify for, like AAA).

Technology:

Major cell phone carriers (like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile) offer discounts on personal cell phone service and accessories to federal employees. The discounts range anywhere from 5% to 20% and many carriers will allow you to combine your employee discount with other special offers. Be advised, however, that more often than not, these discounts are available to new customers only.

The big computer outlets (like Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft) each offer a federal employee discount and have rotating special offers on different computers and accessories. For example, Microsoft’s Home Use Program is currently offering Office for less than $10 (in addition to discounted computer packages). Visit the individual websites for more information.

Carbonite, the online computer backup program that helps protect your files in case of accidental deletion, theft, or computer malfunction, offers savings for federal employees, which you can receive directly through their websites.

Auto:

Both AAA and Geico offer discounted auto insurance for federal employees, and AAA will allow you to stack that with an ongoing promotion. You can receive an AAA quote online, but you’ll need to call and speak to a representative to get your discount. Be warned—some feds have reported that you can only receive the AAA discount the first time you call, so be prepared to make a purchase on the spot.

Volkswagen offers discounts on new cars to current federal employees, but you will want to ask each separate dealership whether they participate in this program and how much of a discount they will offer.

As a thank you to government employees, AutoAccessoriesGarage.com is extending a 15% discount off of qualifying orders over $150. Just use code GOVTHANKS15 at checkout.

Household/Personal:

NannyPro.com, a website that lists babysitters and nannies for hire, gives up to 30% off of a membership to federal employees with the code Fedsave.

Washington Sports Clubs, Gold’s Gym, and XSport Fitness all offer discounted memberships, and it doesn’t hurt to ask any other gym you might be interested in joining. Check with your agency as well—many have their own partnerships with local gyms, and the discount can be more significant.

ResumeEdge: This website offers professional writing and editing services to ensure your resume can compete with the best. Federal employees who purchase more than $100 in services receive a 15% discount.

When you need to send a gift, GiftBasketVillas.com will give federal employees 10% off their order when using the code Fed10. And if your gift basket needs to be sent outside the U.S., visit GiftBasketsOverseas.com where you can receive a 10% discount with the code USMilitary10.

Both Pods and Transit Systems Inc. offer moving and shipping discounts for federal employees, even those who are not being moved on official business.

If you’re looking for something a little shinier, Tanzanite.com offers a 10% discount on jewelry when you use the code EXECTAN.

Dining:

Discounts at chain restaurants are primarily offered to active and retired military, but it never hurts to ask your server, the hostess, or the manager if there are any specials available for federal employees.

Websites of Note:

  • www.Fedsave.com has a great listing of fed discounts and in addition to the site itself, you can sign up for a free monthly newsletter on current savings.
  • https://gem.onebigplanet.com/d/public/login.html offers discounts on almost anything that you’re looking for—from vacations, to online shopping, to computers, it’s all here.

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Howard Davies

I’m the director of a US leading resume writing service, offering specialist federal resume services . Though we didn’t make it to your list, we offer a 25% discount to federal employees on our writing services! You can visit http://resumewriterdirect.com/ and use the discount code: fedemp25

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[…] Some of the Best Federal Employee Discounts You Can Get There are few people who wouldn’t mind saving a dollar here or there, and a number of companies offer federal employees discounts on a variety of essentials, from computers and cell phones to flights and hotels. But the best advice? Before you buy something, ask if a discount is available for federal employees—the worst you can hear is “no.” […]

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Jason Kay

I’m the manager of Fedcruise.com – a discount cruise agency specifically for federal employees. We send out monthly cruise deals that are only available to feds (you must have a government email address in order to confirm your employee status). Maybe we’ll make your next discounts list:)

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sal

what about state government employees discounts? We are public servants too!

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mable

As crappy as it is, it does actually hurt to ask for military/government discounts in restaurants. Military and government workers are seen as extremely poor tippers, and upon asking for a discount (typically 10% so, $2 off $20, or $4 off $40) a recent study in restauranteur found that servers often give up to 20% discounts in their own ways. Remember, they are doing things to ensure a bigger tip. But, after you beg for a few-dollar-discount they not only charge you for everything possible, they will charge you more for the items you order. Asking for discounts in restaurants is frowned upon. You’re essentially asking a server to do the same amount of work for a smaller total, and consequently a lesser tip. Watch for it.

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Austin Govie

The etiquette I learned was to always tip on the original amount, before the discount. I do so with a generous tip. That doesn’t hurt the server, but unfortunately in our odd tipping-society, the server doesn’t know that beforehand.

In what kind of restaurant can a server charge you more for the items you order? Unless you are ordering market rate seafood or steak, I’m puzzled by that.

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Norman Kiley

Practical comments – I was fascinated by the facts ! Does anyone know if my company might obtain a blank GSA SF 294 document to work with ?

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Naomi

Hello- I’d like to list a medical office (radiology, including whole body scan and 4D baby photos) on this site as eligible for federal/military discounts. How can I do that? Thanks!

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Kimberly Valmera

I am a federal employee and use BCBS Federal insurance. Check Healthways. I use them for my membership. I am not sure if its ALL federal or just Federal BCBS members. But i pay $25 a month plus tax and I can use ALL contracted fitness centers including the YMCA, Curves and local gyms that are on the list for the ONE membership fee. https://fitnessyourway.healthways.com/

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