Innkeeper Information

B&B’s for Vets

As we head closer to fall, it’s time to start thinking about the B&Bs for Vets program. Good news! We’re rolling out the program earlier and have streamlined the process of posting your offer to make it as easy to participate as possible.  All innkeepers are invited to participate in the 2016 B&Bs for Vets program by offering a minimum of one room for one night and totally free to veterans and active military. Kathleen Panek, owner of the Gillum House in West Virginia, launched the B&Bs for Vets program in 2008 as a way to thank our veterans for their service. In keeping with the original program and Kathleen’s request, innkeepers are asked to give at least one room away (no strings attached, no buy-one night/get one night) in order to participate. Many innkeepers will offer more than one room which is encouraged.

Because of where the holiday falls, we are asking innkeepers to give their free rooms away on Thursday, November 10th so veterans can wake up at your inn/B&B on Veteran’s Day and enjoy the festivities in your locale.  If innkeepers want to offer more free nights to vets it is of course welcomed!

A list of participating properties will be posted on https://bandbsforvets.org/. To avoid the pitfalls of difficult forms and posting procedures, we’ve developed a simple list of questions to answer with your offer, inn description and photo and contact information.  AIHP has hired Deb Dapson of Copper Moon Media to upload all information for participating inns, so you won’t have to.

To participate, we ask you to email your offer and contact information along with one photo and a 250 character description of the inn to our webmaster at ddapson@coppermoonmedia.com. When your offer is live on the website, Deb will email you to let you know your offer is live. Save her email and then respond back to her when your rooms are filled and Deb will indicate your rooms are filled on the website.

Now, here’s the information you need to send to ddapson@coppermoonmedia.com (copy and paste these nine points into the body of your email and respond):

Required information

1. Name of your inn/B&B:

2. Street Address for your inn/B&B:

3. City, state zip for your inn/B&B:

4. Contact phone number and email (we need both):

5. Inn/B&B website:

6. Please describe your offer (remember, each inn must offer at least one free room to participate), 250 characters max.

 Optional information:

7. Inn/B&B Facebook page:

8. Inn/B&B Twitter handle:

9. Please describe your inn or offer your tag line (250 characters max)

Don’t forget to attach a photo of your inn to the email.

If you’ve already filled your rooms for the 2016 B&Bs for Vets program, please send your information anyway, and simply indicate that your rooms are filled. That way your inn/B&B will still be listed on the site as a participant.

We’re hoping by making the process easy for innkeepers, we will post a record number of offers this year.

B&Bs for Vets is coordinated and organized by the Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP). The Association of Independent Hospitality Professionals (AIHP) is a non-profit organization established by its members to enhance the small independent hospitality industry.   As an organization AIHP will lead the charge to elevate the awareness and importance of independent small lodging owners by providing collaborative networking opportunities, strong advocacy efforts on issues critical to our industry, compelling professional development opportunities and events, and promoting progressive business practices.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the 2016 B&Bs for Vets program.

Innkeeper FAQs

Do I need to be an AIHP member to participate?

No, the B&Bs for Vets program is open to all inns in the United States interested in offering at least one free room to an active military or retired vet.

What if I want to offer discounted rooms in addition to the free rooms I plan to include in the promotion?

In order to participate in the 2016 B&Bs for Vets program, you must offer at least one free room to an active or retired member of the military.  If you wish to discount additional rooms you may do so, but you will need to promote this on your own website.  The AIHP list will include free rooms only.

What if I want to restrict free rooms to active military only?

In order to participate in the 2016 B&Bs for Vets program, the free room(s) must be available to all those who are serving or have served in the military.  However, we ask that all innkeepers require guests to show proof of military service. A Military ID or a Veterans Administration ID work well as proof of service – see below.

Can we ask for a credit card when they reserve?

Yes! We encourage you to make your cancellation policy very clear and take a credit card which can be charged if the veteran is a no-show.  You must, however, inform the veteran in writing of your cancellation policy.

Once my rooms are filled, can I indicate on the AIHP list that I’m full?

Yes, we’ll be able to indicate that your rooms have filled on the AIHP list. Simply email a message to ddapson@coppermoonmedia.com asking her to indicate that you are full on the website.

What are the acceptable military IDs for veterans?

Anyone who has a valid Military ID from the United States Government:

  • Active Duty
  • Retired
  • National Guard
  • Reserves

Anyone with a Veterans Administration ID. This applies to anyone who served –

  • Drafted
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Gulf Wars
  • Afghanistan
  • Grenada
  • Anyone who did boot camp and qualified for Veterans Administration Benefits
 

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