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Entertainment While on Travel

Entertainment expenses while on Travel status

When on a business trip, the occasion may call for you to entertain (i.e., incur expenses for meals or light refreshments for others) for the business purpose of promoting goodwill, donor cultivation, or similar social or recreational activities in support of the university’s mission.

In situations when a university employee is hosting others at a business-related activity and a meal is being served, you may use your corporate liability travel card to pay for the meal up to the per-person limits noted below. 

For meals that are not associated with an entertainment event, different limits apply.  When traveling within the United States, the maximum daily total for all meal costs is $62 (excluding entertainment meals). The maximum daily limits for meals when traveling abroad vary by location and are based on the U.S. State Department's rates.

Business Related Entertainment Meal Per-person Limit
Breakfast $28
Lunch/Brunch $49
Dinner $85
Light Refreshments $20

These limits include the cost of food, beverages, labor, sales tax, delivery charges and other service fees.

If the university is paying for the meal for your spouse or domestic partner or the spouse or domestic partner of your guest, additional approval will be required.

Include the entertainment expense(s) on your travel expense report. Choose the Entertainment expense type that applies to the occasion.  Details about the entertainment activity, including the guest names and their affiliations, meal type (breakfast, lunch, dinner or light refreshments), the business purpose of the event, the location, the total amount, the per person amount and the date are all required. 

Receipts are required for all entertainment expenses of $75 or more per occasion. 

Entertainment expenses are not allowed if:

  • The activity is not directly related to the employee’s job
  • The expense is lavish or extravagant under the circumstances
  • The traveler who is hosting the event is not present at the activity
  • The expense is not substantiated with supporting documentation and justification

All entertainment expenses must comply with UC policy BUS-79