Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, travel must be on a U.S. Flag Carrier (FAR 52.247-63) according to the Fly America Act, unless limited exceptions apply. A traveler must abide by Fly America regardless of price or convenience.
View the Fly America Act on our website for more information.
You can only use your mileage points to upgrade your flight, not purchase it outright. In order to reimburse the payment, you must provide a document showing that the points were purchased for the value of the ticket.
No, you are not required to choose basic economy fares. These fares are not offered in the SLAC Egencia booking tool and do not need to be included in any fare comparison documentation for expense reimbursement.
Yes, travelers need to obtain authorization to rent a car.
- Domestic travel: travel authorization
- Relocation: offer letter
- Visitor: invitation letter
Yes, SLAC has agreements with the following car rental companies:
- Enterprise Bay Area airport rate (SLAC ID code: L23J105; SLA
- Enterprise other airports rate (SLAC ID code: L23J106; SLA)
- Avis (SLAC ID code: ADW A382311)
Please note that the 2:1 ratio does not apply to domestic travel.
Personal automobile expenses will be reimbursed based on GSA mileage rates and will be reimbursed up to but not exceeding the lowest available airfare.
The traveler is responsible for obtaining a quote of the lowest available airfare from the Egencia website within a few days of receiving trip approval. The flight itinerary should be the same as if the traveler would be flying (i.e. one day before the event and one day after).
When taking personal days on foreign travel, a traveler may not exceed a two business day to one personal day ratio (2:1). Travel days are counted as business days. (See the business days FAQ for information on what constitutes a business day.)
- Example: If a traveler’s business trip is six days, the maximum personal time they can take is three days.
If a traveler’s total trip is an odd number of days, the total number of days should be rounded down when calculating the 2:1 ratio.
- Example: If a traveler’s business trip is nine days, a traveler would round the total down to eight, and would be allowed four personal days.
Exceptions to this 2:1 rule require Associate Lab Director Approval. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding exceptions to this rule.
Note: The 2:1 rule only applies to foreign travel. Domestic travel does not have to follow this rule.
If you are traveling on vacation, but you happen to do some unrelated and incidental SLAC work while abroad (i.e. checking work email, calling into SLAC for a short phone conference or working on some work notes), that doesn't qualify as official SLAC travel. In this case, you do not need to report your foreign vacation. However, if you are combining your vacation with attending a conference or meeting with a collaborator to talk about SLAC business, then you will need to submit a foreign trip request in Concur.
Yes, you can.
Yes. As long as the lower fare is a U.S. Carrier with a U.S. Carrier flight number. Airline "A" may be used if the traveler pays for the incremental difference.
When you cross the international dateline (IDL), your actual elapsed travel time will be used to compute your per diem entitlement rather than calendar days. You will be paid 75% M&IE plus a day of M&IE for a total of 1.75 of M&IE for your travel days. In general, travel to most foreign destinations will be entitled 1.75 for the travel days to the foreign destination.
No. Business and personal travel expenses will not be reimbursed for any foreign trip if the number of personal days exceeds the 2:1 business to personal days ratio.
Yes, but you will not be reimbursed for additional expenses. You may add up to one day of personal for every two days of business for foreign travel. Travel days may be counted as business days.
A printed airfare comparison with the actual business dates and normally traveled route to the business destination must be done at the time of booking the actual flight. This airfare comparison should be attached to the expense report.
Online booking services that offers travel packages may not itemize individual components (i.e. airfare, lodging etc). Such reservations for business travel should only be booked after traveler has confirmed that each component will be separately itemized (i.e. itemized hotel charges and airfare). Non itemized receipts are not sufficient documentation for reimbursement. SLAC's preferred booking tool is Egencia.
Yes, you may travel on an upgraded class at your own expenses or through the redemption of your personal frequent flier miles. Please note on your expense report when an upgraded class is taken and the way this class was paid (personal expense, mileage, ETC).
Note: SLAC will not reimburse for any sort of upgraded class, seat upgrade or preferred seat.
To get reimbursed for airfare that wasn't used, you will need to fill out an Unused Ticket Affidavit and attach it to your expense report along with the canceled flight itinerary. Please note that any credit you receive for the cancelation must be used in the future for SLAC related travel.
No. Stanford is self-insured. The purchase of any additional insurance such as LDW (Loss Damage Waiver), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance) or EP (Extended Protection) will not be reimbursed. The exception is when travel is to a foreign country, including Canada and Mexico, and to Hawaii and Alaska.
- Upgrade through the redemption of personal miles.
- No space available in coach-class wtihin the period of business days *
- Disability, medical condition, or other special need *
- Airfare is paid in full by a third party, non-government agency
* Documentation is required and subject to approval by the Controller.
- Stanford Guest House
- Cardinal Hotel
- Pacific Inn of Redwood City
- The Red Cottage Inn
Lodging direct bills should only include room and taxes, amenities should not be direct billed to SLAC.
- Enterprise Car Rental
- Steven Worldwide Van Lines
- Ace World Wide (Atlas Van lines)
The ticket has a U.S. Carrier's flight number for the code-share portion of the flight.
Ticket issued by Air Canada, airplane operated by Air Canada, flight number United.
Ticket issued by United, airplane operated by Air Canada, flight number United.
Ticket issued by United, airplane operated by United, flight number Air Canada.
Ticket issued by Air Canada, airplane operated by United, flight number Air Canada.
- Request names, addresses, and phone number of all persons involved, including any witnesses
- Obtain name of the legal owner of the vehicle.
- Do not admit liability or make any statement, except to police officers.
- Accidents on campus report to Stanford Police at (650) 723-9633.
- Accidents off campus report to local police.
- Promptly notify Risk Management (650-723-0042)
For more information, see Emergencies and Insurance
Travel requests (pre-approvals) route to:
- Travel Office (if foreign travel and/or with conference*)
*Travel requests with conference that's already on the event list and not DOE-sponsored would bypass Travel Office's approval
Expense reports route to:
- Supervisor (if the expense report exceeds the threshold of being 10% or $100 over approved travel request amount)
- Business Approver
- Travel Office
FACT training occurs every week, Monday through Friday, except for weeks with a federal holiday. While we hope training can be received the week of your preference, we recommend adding alternate dates for your course when filling out our application form, as trainings can fill up.
If you (or a spouse/housemate) are returning from travel, you will need to receive clearance by the SLAC Occupational Health Center (OHC) prior to coming on site. The OHC clinicians will conduct phone interviews as part of the risk assessment process, with clearance typically granted after 14 days. This includes personal travel.
Link to new SLAC policy: https://policies.slac.stanford.edu/covid-19
Compact, economy or standard car
Free upgrade (provide printed documentation)
Transporting SLAC equipment
More than one SLAC supported travelers in the car
Physical and medical limitations (must be pre-approved by the SLAC Occupational Health Center)
A detailed invoice/itinerary that shows:
all times of departure,
class of service,
ticket or confirmation number,
cost of the ticket,
proof of payment (i.e. credit card charged).
A reimbursable car rental receipt must show the following information:
- Car rental dates
- Car rental company
- Car rental class (EX: A, B, CCAR, ICAR)
- Itemization with individual taxes and fees shown
- Total cost
- Proof of payment
After submission, your report will be approved by the Business Administrator as well as the Travel Team. In some cases for non-citizens, ISO will be first to approve.
Then after all approvals are received, you will see funds posted to your account in 3-5 business days.
Note: The funds in your account will be labeled as Concur.
Visitors are required to stay at the Stanford Guest House, unless it is sold out or the visitor has a valid reason for why the Guest House doesn’t meet the traveler’s needs.
If a traveler does not stay at the Stanford Guest House, the lodging may not exceed the per diem rate.
Check with your physician or the SLAC Occupational Health Center (OHC) at x228. Ensure that you are aware of safety and health issues of the country you are visiting.
For more detailed information, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC): Travelers Health Page.
- Collision damage waiver
- Loss damage waiver
- Supplemental liability protection
The invitation links which allows Sponsored Guests to log into Concur expire after one week. After this you will have to reset the password for them.
Weekends, holidays and other necessary standby days may be counted as business days only if they fall between business travel days. If non-business days are at the beginning or end of a traveler’s business activity, and the traveler arrives early or remains at the business destination for non-business reasons more than 24 hours before or after the business activity, those days will be counted as personal days.