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Lodging

Because each department manages its own travel program, policies may differ by department.  Contact your Travel Program Coordinator for more information.

For policies such as the maximum amount reimbursable for meal expenses per day, see CalHR website. 

Travel Arrangements

 For ease of travel arrangements:
 
  • Utilize Concur Travel (formerly Cliqbook) for all of your travel needs.  This online booking tool maintains a database of over 85,000 hotels that lists all of the hotel amenities, accessibility requirements, restaurant establishments, and shuttle information.  Concur Travel (formerly Cliqbook) allows you to find hotels offering government per diem rates within a requested mile radius by sorting the list of hotels by airport, your destination address, business location, or reference point/zip code.
  • Visit www.caltravelstore.com for more information.  There are a number of links that will provide additional travel information.
  • In addition, the DGS administers the Green Lodging Program.  Currently, there are a variety of certified "green" hotels in California.  For the listing, visit the Green Lodging Directory.  Always verify the state rate with the selected hotel.

How to Pay

To hold a reservation, use your individual American Express government card or your own personal credit card; then following your department policy, submit a Travel Expense Claim (Interactive PDF) for reimbursement.  For information on the American Express government card, contact your department Travel Program Coordinator.
 
For group reservations and for centrally-billed lodging, contact your department Travel Program Coordinator.