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Travel & Entertainment Card Use and Benefits

Find out about the UC San Diego Travel & Entertainment Card for employees traveling and entertaining for official UC San Diego business.

The Travel & Entertainment Card is to pay for:

  • Official UC San Diego business travel services for the cardholder only
  • Entertainment expenses when the cardholder is acting as the host of official University-sponsored business entertainment

    Note: The card is not for personal use. Travel & Entertainment Card uses 

Before you use the card, review card management guidelines including timely payment, and:

  • For travel: Ensure your Travel Request has been approved.
  • For entertainment: Review the guidelines for allowable official entertainment.

See applying for a UC San Diego Travel & Entertainment Card.


  • Eliminates out-of-pocket expenses: When any expenses are charged, it is automatically removed from your account and billed to UC San Diego Travel. This feature is called strip billing.
  • Reduce out-of-pocket expenses for meetings and entertainment expenses.
  • Real-time fraud alerts provide on-the-spot communication via text or email to approve valid transactions, avoid unnecessary declines and protects accounts from fraud attempts.
  • Quick and easy account expense: Travel & Entertainment Card transactions and account balances are viewable in Concur and can be added to their respective Expense Reports. When you use Concur and include an amount to pay the Travel & Entertainment Card, payment is issued the next business day and is posted to your account within three business days. 
  • Convenient cash advances: Cash advances can be obtained from ATMs worldwide.
  • Accident insurance: You receive $500,000 travel accident insurance coverage when you purchase air or rail tickets with the Travel & Entertainment Card.
  • Lost baggage coverage: You are eligible to receive up to $1,250 in lost baggage coverage for domestic and international travel when you purchase air or rail tickets with the Travel & Entertainment Card. This coverage is secondary to carrier indemnity coverage.
Find answers, request services, or get help from our team at the UC San Diego Services & Support portal.
Notice: UC San Diego travel policy, as published in Blink, is decisive. It has been adapted to UC San Diego's organization, delegation of authority, terminology, chart of accounts and processing applications. The source for UC San Diego travel policy is UC Travel Policy and Regulations (PDF).