Two nights ago I called customer service to check on rates and availability for the Swan using a government employee rate for February 2004. I was told it was $144 a night and there were plenty of rooms left. I did not book then because I needed to double check with DH that we were definitely going (he has a conference). I called back tonight and was told that the government rate was not available for that time because it had not been determined yet! The rate would not be available until December or January. The prices were now $300 - $400 a night. The CM I talked to said that I must have been told what the price was last year but I insisted that the rep I talked with checked my dates and told me the rate was available for those nights. She checked with her supervisor but couldn't help me. Has anyone been able to book for anytime in 2004 with the government rate? I also asked about the teacher rate and she said that the school had to be contracted with Starwood and of course we weren't. Has anyone heard of this either? Did I really mess up by not booking that night (I wasn't even for sure about the nights and if DH was definitely going)? Oh, I feel just awful.