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In-State Lodging Rate Agreement Program

Employee Reimbursement Rate

The State of Iowa lodging reimbursement rate for in-state business travel is $65.00 per night, plus applicable taxes, for a single room. (Effective July 1, 2016) 

FY19 In-State Lodging Directory

The properties included in the following lists have signed a rate agreement with the State of Iowa for the rates shown through June 30, 2019, subject to availability.

FY19 In-State Lodging – single room rate $65 or less 
FY19 In-State Lodging – other facilities

In-State Lodging Interactive Map ($65 rate and other facilities)

Rate Extensions: In addition to listing single room and double occupancy rates, the directory also notes whether state rates will be extended to political subdivisions (city or county governments, school districts, community colleges) or personal travel.

Rate Availability: All rates are subject to availability, and employees are not required to stay at the properties listed. When inquiring for reservations and rates, be sure to specify State of Iowa rates, not Federal.

Employee ID: To receive the rate posted in the In-State Lodging Directory, please be prepared to show some form of state-issued identification, whether an employee photo ID badge, State of Iowa payroll ID (state warrant stub), or written documentation on official state department letterhead signed by an agency officer verifying state business travel dates. For state rates on weekends, a state-issued employee ID and verification of weekend business travel or work schedule is required.

Exception to Statewide Policy: If a rate exception is needed, a Request for Exception to Statewide Policy with the employee’s department director’s signature must be submitted with the travel claim before the claim can be paid. Unless a signed Exception Request has been received by State Accounting Enterprise (SAE), employees will only be reimbursed up to $65 for a single room. Employees who exceed this limit will do so at their own expense.


Lodging facilities wishing to participate in the In-State Lodging Rate Agreement Program (for state employee rates) for the 2019 fiscal year – July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019, may complete, sign and return the application to, or fax to 515-725-0062.  

For More Information

Contact Barbara Sullivan, 515-281-5922, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with any questions about accommodations, rates, additional details, or terms.