Discounts & Contract Rates
The University has negotiated agreements that make preferred rates available on various travel services to employees, staff and faculty. See the related articles for complete information on these discounts.
While some travelers believe that more cost-effective travel purchases may be made on the Internet, this is not necessarily true, especially for business travelers. In addition, when travelers book fares online, they have little or no service support if problems occur on the trip, or if last minute changes, upgrades or refunds are necessary.
This means that travelers are exposed to unknown—and sometimes very costly—financial risks. In addition, by utilizing the knowledgeable professionals in the UC Travel Center, the time required to research travel options is significantly reduced. Therefore, all faculty and staff are encouraged to use the services of the UC Travel Center when making travel plans.
Benefits to UCLA Travelers
Through negotiated contracts with preferred suppliers that are available only at the UC Travel Center, campus travelers have realized the following benefits:
- The convenience of proximity of the travel office to campus.
- Direct billing capabilities (which eliminate the need for travelers to pay out of pocket for airfare).
- The assurance that UCLA will be able to locate and assist travelers who book through the Travel Center in the event of an emergency while they are traveling.
- Point-of-sale savings of approximately $5 million since 1997. These savings accrued directly to department funding sources.