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Notable Policy Change: Mandatory Use of DTS for Lodging Reservations

As of September 1, 2015, the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) will require travelers going TDY to use the Defense Travel System (DTS) to book lodging, both government quarters (when available in DTS) and commercial lodging. This new language clarifies the current DTS mandatory use requirement. To support this policy, DTS automatically routes travelers to the Lodging Reservation Module to book lodging when creating an authorization for multi-day travel. 

At this time, travelers can book lodging at most Air Force Inns, Navy Gateways Inns and Suites, Navy Lodge, as well as, some Army lodging at foreign locations directly in DTS (see DTS DoD Lodging Listing). 

For those traveling to Army installations:  Please be aware that the majority of on-base Army lodging facilities (39 locations in CONUS, AK, HI, and Puerto Rico) have been privatized through the Privatized Army Lodging (PAL) program and are now managed by InterContinental Hotels Group. At this time, PAL facilities are not yet bookable through DTS and therefore, travelers are not required to use DTS to book lodging when staying at a PAL facility. To book lodging at PAL locations, travelers should continue to contact InterContinental Hotels Group directly at www.ihgarmyhotels.com or 877-771-TEAM (8326) to make reservations.   Also note that Army lodging at Fort Benning and Fort Lee will be added to the PAL program as of 1 October 2015.  Until that time, travelers can book reservations at those locations by calling 800-462-7691 (800 GO ARMY1). When not staying at Fort Benning, Fort Lee or a PAL facility, personnel are required to use the DTS to book lodging.

For those traveling to Marine Corps installations:  Marine Corp billeting is not yet available in DTS.  Travelers wishing to stay at those properties are not required to use DTS to book lodging.  Reservations can be made by going to: www.dodlodging.com/html/MB-locations.html.  When not staying at Marine Corps lodging facilities, personnel are required to use the DTS to book lodging.

For those booking VIP lodging quarters: VIP lodging quarters managed by protocol offices are not available through DTS, therefore there is no requirement to use DTS to make those reservations.  VIP travelers should continue to make arrangements through the protocol offices when applicable.

Policy Note:  Per the JTR, DoD civilians are required to check availability of government quarters when traveling to a government installation, but are only be directed to stay at a DoD Lodging facility when TDY to an installation at an Integrated Lodging Program Pilot site and the DoD lodging facility (at that location) is available in DTS.  If TDY to a U.S. installation, Service members are required to use available government quarters when TDY for more than one night regardless of if reservations are made in DTS or outside the system.

  
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