UC Announces Increase to Meal Rates for Travel, Entertainment

UC Announces Increase to Meal Rates for Travel, Entertainment

In response to soaring food prices, UC has increased the maximum per person amounts for the reimbursement of travel and entertainment meal expenses. These rates apply to travel and entertainment reports submitted in the AggieExpense system after Sept. 9, 2022.

Meal reimbursement for Travel under 30 days within the lower 48 states is now capped at $79 per day of travel, up from $62. As a reminder, only actual expenses may be claimed. The UC does not provide a traditional “per diem”.

The maximum meal rates for entertainment and business meeting meals are as follows:


Breakfast                          $31 (previously $28)

Lunch                               $54 (previously $49)

Dinner                              $94 (previously $85)

Light refreshments             $22 (previously $20)


These amounts include the cost of food and beverages, labor, sales tax, service, and delivery charges, but not any room or equipment rentals.

For more information, visit our Travel Meals and Incidentals web page and the Allowable Entertainment Expenses page or contact expensehelp@ucdavis.edu. UC Davis Health Travel and Entertainment questions can be directed to hs-aggietravel@ou.ad3.ucdavis.edu.

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