Hotel Engine is a private hotel booking platform that connects State of Texas travelers to rates unavailable to the public and streamlines business travel management. With dedicated, 24/7 customer support services, a simple search and book process, and customized account management tools, Hotel Engine is the contracted vendor for the State of Texas. State travelers need to receive an invitation from their respective Hotel Engine account administrator. Please contact your agency's travel coordinator for more information.
Yes, use of the 971-M1 managed state contract with Hotel Engine is required for state agencies just as any other statewide contract, unless an exemption applies.
No, Hotel Engine users may to book hotels across the United States and internationally, as well as, Texas.
Hotel Engine's FAQs and Admin/User Guides are available on the State of Texas support page. A User information video is also available.
Travelers may book travel bundles through the State Travel Agency contracts with NTS or choose to use the separate STMP contracts for hotel, car rental and air travel. The 971-M1 contract and Hotel Engine booking platform are for lodging reservations only.
You can book a room at any hotel chain available on the platform if it is priced at or below the local GSA rate. Hotel Engine offers rooms at nearly every major hotel chain and is continually adding new hotels to our corporate travel program.
When you search on Hotel Engine, the results page shows both the GSA rate and the Hotel Engine rate next to every hotel. With both rates listed, you will be able to easily see the difference in rates. On the left side of the search results page, a list of popular filters allows travelers to filter GSA or lower rates exclusively.
If the contract travel services are not available during the time or at the location necessary for the business purpose; or the contract travel service does not provide for the service required; or because the contractor is unable to provide the contract services due to a force majeure event, a travel exception letter is required. Exceptions to the use of contract travel services and higher cost of travel are a citation of the Texas Administrative Code 34 TAC 20.408. For post audit review purposes, State travelers should attach a Hotel Engine screen shot to their travel voucher reflecting no rooms offered at or below the GSA rate during the time or at the location necessary for the business purpose.
The maximum GSA rate for each hotel's location is listed under the booking rate for the requested night. The user has the option of booking a room higher than the GSA rate, but will not be guaranteed full reimbursement above that rate by their agency unless prior approval has been granted.
HE Direct is a filter that allows travelers to select negotiated rates that are specific to State of Texas members. This filter allows travelers to better understand the rate at which they are booking and are directly negotiated with the hotel, eliminating Expedia. These rates often offer free amenities that the hotel is offering specifically to State of Texas travelers (breakfast, parking, etc.). HE Direct rates also allow travelers to earn their hotel loyalty rewards points.
Just because you do not book a HE Direct rate does not mean that you are booking Expedia rates. Hotel Engine offers thousands of chain-wide discounts directly through hotels that do not fall within the HE Direct offering.
NOTE: Not all of these negotiated direct rates will be at or below GSA.
Under configurations, an admin can set up notifications for themselves every time a user books a hotel. The trends tab in Hotel Engine will allow admins to view and print reports of all trips booked in Hotel Engine. Admins will be able to sort/filter by user and many other details.
Yes, Admins can filter trips by user and date from the Trends tab. A general User can search and book their own travel, within the rules set by the admin for that agency account
Travelers should request a detailed itemized receipt from the hotel at time of checkout. There are many cities that charge other taxes such as tourism, resort, beach clean-up taxes, sport authority tax etc. These taxes are separate from the hotel occupancy tax and are reimbursable, see Govt. Code 660.116.
Hotel Occupancy Taxes are reimbursed using object code (COBJ)7135 because they must be kept separately for the Hotel/Motel Tax sweep. Any mandatory taxes other than a hotel occupancy tax are reimbursed using COBJ 7105 unless the travel is to one of the Texas coastal cities that can also charge beach clean-up taxes, which is allowed.
If you have any questions regarding hotel tax rates, please call the Expenditure Assistance Help Line at (512) 475-0966 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The traveler should always provide their rewards number at check in. It is at the discretion of each hotel property to grant rewards points for each stay.
Yes, Hotel Engine offers many international hotel options. A state employee is entitled to be reimbursed for actual lodging and meal expenses incurred while conducting state business at a duty point in a foreign country other than Canada and Mexico. Prior approval by the agency's chief administrator or chief administrator's designee is required. These policies are directed by The State of Texas so please consult your travel coordinator.
No. The primary guest will pay for the full reservation at the hotel with their payment of choice.
Call Hotel Engine's exclusive State of Texas support line at 1-800-803- 0452 or email Hotel Engine at email@example.com.
Hotel Engine never charges for cancellations. However, the hotel may charge a fee per its own cancellation policy. Before you complete a booking, you can view the hotel's cancellation policy under “Terms & Conditions” on the checkout page. You can also find the hotel's cancellation policy under “Important Information” on your booking's confirmation page.
You can cancel your booking online or by calling the Hotel Engine State of Texas customer service line at 1-800-803-0452. To cancel online, follow these instructions:
If you miss the cancellation deadline, please contact the Hotel Engine State of Texas support line at 1-800-803-0452. Hotel Engine will be happy to assist you.
You cannot add or reduce the number of rooms on an upcoming reservation once you complete the booking process. If you need additional rooms, you can simply book a new reservation at the same hotel. Otherwise, if you need to modify the number of rooms on a reservation, call the Hotel Engine State of Texas support line at 1-800-803-0452.
If you need to change the name on your hotel reservation, you have two options: a) Cancel your current reservation online and rebook a new reservation under the new name. b) Call the Hotel Engine State of Texas support line at: 1-800-803-0452. Contact Hotel Engine Customer Support.
No, the Hotel Engine booking platform is only to be used for making business-related travel reservations. Any personal or leisure travel is strictly prohibited.
Yes, each agency admin will set up their own Admin profile with access to all their agency's Coordinator and User profiles, where they can run reports, set up or edit user profiles, or make bookings for themselves or other travelers.
Hotel Engine can help set up users with special circumstances.
That is because the technology system that is used to book hotel rooms first sends over a range of rates that could be available at the hotel and this is the estimated nightly rate that is shown to you on the search page. Most of the time this rate will be consistent with the next page where room selections are listed. However, this rate is subject to change based on the live availability given to Hotel Engine by the hotel's technology system.