ConnexUC

Overview

ConnexUC (formerly Connexxus) is the UC systemwide online travel portal used for arranging business-related travel for faculty, student field study, staff, and hosted guests.

Travel booked through ConnexUC is automatically registered with the UC Travel Insurance program.

Benefits of Using ConnexUC

  • Securely stores a full traveler profile that manages all preferences
    • Travelers should match the name shown under the ConnexUC 'My Profile' to the government issued ID's for airport security
  • Allows you to make travel arrangements either online or through an agent by phone
  • Searches full airfare inventory, using a well-established, fully tested search engine
  • Highlights and allows you to take advantage of all UC-negotiated discounts
  • Automates Business and Travel Accident Insurance coverage at no cost for employees and students
  • Has built-in reminders about compliance with UC travel policy
  • Supports the Direct Bill process to charge airfare directly to the university

Please refer to the UCOP Central Travel Management website for additional benefits and information.

Booking a Flight with ConnexUC

Policy Update

UC Berkeley is updating their policy on booking business-related travel. Beginning on November 1, 2021, employee travelers booking flights for business travel will be required to book through the UC travel system ConnexUC. This means employee and student travelers will also need to use the Direct Bill system to generate the identification number that will be used to pay for flights within ConnexUC. The benefit of using Direct Bill is that staff don’t have to pay out of pocket upfront, instead, they can charge their airfare directly to the university. With this change, travelers or their delegates will include the payment chartstring when they make the Direct Bill request, rather than providing it in the reimbursement request. Booking through ConnexUC means travelers will automatically get travel insurance, ticket protection, and agent support for their trip. Other potential benefits include preferred seat options, priority standby, and additional mileage.

Travel Insurance

  • Travel insurance is automatically included when you book through ConnexUC
    • This includes Automates Business and Travel Accident Insurance coverage at no cost for employees and students

Airfare

  • Using Direct Bill and ConnexUC saves money
    • Travelers booking through ConnexUC save on average $155 per ticket
  • ConnexUC has access to the same flight options provided by search engines such as Kayak and Orbitz

Chartstring

  • Travelers who use Direct Bill provide their payment chartstring before booking their flight rather than after they have already booked it
  • If you don’t know your chartstring information, contact your Divisional Finance Leader for help
  • Once you use a chartstring in the Direct Bill system, you can save it to use again

Exceptions

  • If you find a better rate outside the ConnexUC system, please send it to the travel team at travel@berkeley.edu and they will find you the same rate in ConnexUC or potentially grant an exception to book outside the ConnexUC system

Benefits

  • Allows you to make travel arrangements either online or through an agent by phone
  • Searches full airfare inventory, using a well-established, fully tested search engine
  • Highlights and allows you to take advantage of all UC-negotiated discounts
  • Automates Business and Travel Accident Insurance coverage at no cost for employees and students
  • Has built-in reminders about compliance with UC travel policy
  • Supports the Direct Bill process to charge airfare directly to the university