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Discounted Rates Through Connexxus

Find out how to get discounted rates for airfare, hotel, and car rental (including insurance coverage) through Connexxus for UC San Diego business travel.

To book travel, follow the instructions on the Connexxus Travel Program page.

Discounts available through Connexxus include an automated price matching feature that scouts Connexxus bookings (made via Balboa Travel) for a drop in airfare cost; if a lower fare is found within 24 hours of booking the ticket is reissued to the traveler at the lower price. This discount is applicable to business or personal travel and requires no action on the part of the traveler.

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Airline Discounts when booking via Balboa Travel (online or agent)

Airfare discounts range from 2% - 6% for domestic and 3% to 55% for international, depending on the airline and ticket class, when booking with the following partner airlines:

  • American Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Delta
  • Emirates
  • Iberia
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jet Blue
  • LAN Airlines
  • Quantas
  • Singapore Airlines
  • United
  • Virgin

Southwest SWABIZ

Rapid Rewards members receive additional points exclusive to UC travelers as well as frequent promotional program discounts. For current promotions, see UC Rates & Benefits in Connexxus.

See guidelines for Purchasing Airfare for UC San Diego Business Travel.


These hotel chains offer discounted rates through Connexxus:

  • Marriott Hotels:  Starting at 10% off (limited to participating properties)
  • Starwood Hotels: 20% off (includes Sheraton, Four Points, Westin, and W Hotel)
    • Enroll in Starwood’s preferred guest program to receive the discount.
  • Wyndham Hotel Group: 15% off (includes Ramada, Days Inn, and Travelodge)

See guidelines for Meals, Lodging, and Per Diem.

Rental car

The rental rates displayed within Connexxus include insurance coverage, and additional benefits also include:


  • Enrollment in Hertz #1 Club Gold (fee of $60 waived)
  • Mobile Gold Alerts - Get Mobile Gold Alerts sent to your phone to let you know which car you will be driving and where it is parked the minute it is ready.

Enterprise & National

  • Enrollment in Emerald Club (fee of $50 waived)
  • Earn with Emerald by renting with Enterprise and National
  • Arrival Alerts - with Arrival Alerts from National, you’ll receive notification within 1 hour of your rental that includes reservation number and National location, directions to car rental location from the airport terminal, services your location offers and confirmation of Aisle or non-Aisle locations
  • eReceipts - with Drop & GoSM service you can drop off the car and be on your way

Dollar & Thrifty

See guidelines for Renting a Car for UC San Diego Business Travel.

Note: UC employees and students are prohibited from renting 15-passenger vans from rental car agencies for university business travel due to safety concerns.

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Note: this page has a friendly link that's easy to remember: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/rentalcar

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).