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Making Purchases with the Travel Card

The UC Davis Travel Visa card should be used to charge all business travel and entertainment expenditures.

All Travel card charges import into the cardholder's AggieTravel Available Expenses queue and must be added to an expense report.  

If the card must be paid before the trip is complete (i.e., conference registration paid months in advance) create an AggieTravel report using the actual dates of the travel. Otherwise, create an AggieTravel report upon completion of the event/trip to ensure the card is paid in a timely manner.

If there are Travel card transactions in your AggieTravel queue that are non-reimbursable, add them to an expense report and change the expense type to "Personal or Non-Reimbursable." 

When the AggieTravel expense report is fully approved, the university will pay US Bank for reimbursable expenditures. Policy prohibits the use of the card for personal expenses. Should such an expense occur, the cardholder must pay US Bank directly. In the event the cardholder does not pay personal expenses charged to the Travel card, the cardholder’s sponsoring department becomes responsible for paying the balance in full.

Paying expenses on behalf of others

Under certain circumstances, you are permitted to use your Travel card to make payments on behalf of other travelers, such as non-employees or employees who have not yet received their own Travel card.

The following purchases may be made on behalf of other travelers without seeking a specific exception to policy:

Guest/Non-Employee Travelers UC Davis Employees*
Ground Transportation Conference Registration
Conference Registration Lodging Deposit
Lodging Deposit  

*Payments for other UC employees require that payment is due within two weeks and that the employee is processing their own Travel card application.

Points to remember:

  • All UC Davis employees, if expecting to travel or entertain, should apply for their own Travel card as the exception above is for one-time only.
  • All airfare should be purchased through UCOP approved travel agencies. The most common method is BCD Travel, which is integrated into AggieTravel and allows for direct billing to campus CTS credit card for guest and employee airfare.
  • For purchases on behalf of others that are not included in the table above, please attain pre-approval from Travel Accounting. Send a request to travelhelp@ucdavis.edu including details of the transaction and circumstances.