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Connexxus: Personal Travel

UC San Diego employees can use Connexxus to receive UC-negotiated rates for personal travel.

Before making travel arrangements, be sure to:

To take advantage of the rates available through Connexxus for your personal travel plans, choose one of the booking options and follow the instructions:

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Review benefits and exclusions

Discounted rates and benefits provided through Connexxus are extended to UC employees for booking personal travel and include:

  • Airfare
  • Car rental (includes free enrollment in rewards programs)
  • Hotel
  • Low service fees

Benefits not extended to personal travel:

  • UC San DiegoTravel support: For any questions regarding personal travel, contact the booking agency:
    • Balboa Travel:
    • Southwest Airlines: (800) 435-9792
    • Amtrak: (800) 307-5000
  • Travel insurance: For information on coverage while on personal travel, see UC Personal Travel Program.
  • Car rental insurance coverage: Coverage can be purchased through the rental agency.

Balboa Travel agent assistance

Contact an agent at Balboa Travel for complex travel or if your trip includes multiple travelers. Agent service fees apply at the UC negotiated rates. (See Agency Services Fees under Resources on the Connexxus portal.)

Note: Use your @ucsd.edu email account when corresponding with an agent to validate your association with the university and allow for UC discounts to be applied.  

Balboa Travel online

  1. Log on to Connexxus.
  2. From Book Travel Online, select Balboa Travel.
  3. Select Me in the drop-down menu, You are administering travel for, found in the upper right section of the search screen.

    To book travel for a traveling companion: Select Guest Traveler
    guest traveler

  4. On Balboa's Search page, enter your flight search information.
  5. Make selections from search results.
  6. To add car rental to your search, check the box for Pick-up/Drop-off car at airport.
  7. To search for a hotel, check the box for Find a Hotel and select your preferences.
  8. Make selections from search results.
  9. Add credit card information. (Card information will be securely stored for future use.)
  10. When prompted, enter the 8 digit personal travel number: 00999999. Click Next.

For assistance with Balboa Travel reservations, call (888) 617-5005.

Southwest (SWABIZ) online

  1. Log on to Connexxus.
  2. From Book Travel Online, select SWABIZ.
  3. Log on to SWABIZ:
    • First-time users, enroll in Rapid Rewards program (UC's company ID number is 99723724).
    • Rapid Rewards members, click Traveler Account Login in upper right corner, enter Rapid Rewards number and password. See a demo.
  4. At SWABIZ's Search page, enter flight search information.
  5. Select desired flight information from search results.
  6. To add car rental to your trip check the box for I would like to add a Car to this trip.
  7. Choose method of payment.
  8. Once reservation(s) are complete, a confirmation email and itinerary is sent. 

For assistance with SWABIZ reservations, call Southwest Airlines, (800) 435-9792.

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