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Make hotel reservations through Connexxus to get UC contracted rates and preferred lodging providers. When you log in to Connexxus, choose the “Book Online Now” option. Click on the “book now” button next to the travel agency of your choice. Once there, you can search options and proceed with making your hotel reservations.

Lodging expense reimbursements for hotels in the United States are for the actual amount up to $275 per night before taxes and mandatory hotel fees.  The expense must be supported by original itemized receipts, regardless of the amounts incurred, and must be reasonable for the locality of travel.  A traveler who is required to attend a conference where the prearranged conference lodging rate exceeds the $275 per night maximum may stay at the conference hotel without exceptional approval as long as an explanation and documentation are provided with the reimbursement request. In all other circumstances where the room rate exceeds $275 per night before taxes and mandatory hotel fees, the traveler must submit additional documentation such as a price comparison within proximity of the meeting location that supports the higher lodging rate and exceptional approval is required.

For international or offshore U.S. travel, the maximum amount that may be reimbursed for lodging varies by location and is based on the U.S. State Department’s ‘per diem’ daily rate. Anything exceeding the per diem daily rate will require a detailed receipt and justification for exceeding the limit. Travelers should be mindful of this daily limit when making reservations.

How do you pay?

You must use a personal credit card or a US Bank Corporate Travel Card to pay for your reservation. You can only get reimbursed after the trip. Check out the Report Expenses page to read more about how to submit your expense report.

Get ready for reimbursement:

  • Make sure your hotel bill shows that all charges are paid in full
  • Avoid express check-out because you will need a receipt showing all of the charges that were paid and how they were paid
  • The following expenses may be on your hotel bill, but are claimed on your expense report in another category:
      • Internet, business center, and telephone are miscellaneous expenses
      • Hotel parking is a miscellaneous expense
      • Room service is reported as a meal
      • Tips (e.g., housekeeping, concierge) are reported as incidentals
  • The following hotel expenses are considered personal use and are not eligible for reimbursement:
      • Mini-bar / honor bar / in-room hospitality
      • In-room movies and entertainment
      • Spa treatments or gym membership fees
      • Smoking penalties and damages to hotel property
  • If you purchased a hospitality gift, a receipt is required for gifts costing $25 or more.
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