Updated On July 2, 2018 - 8:52am

Pre-Trip Authorization Launch

The UC Travel Center is excited to announce that the newly upgraded Pre-Trip Authorization (PTA) system is now live!

The PTA system is the only way to pay for direct-billed airfare for UCLA, UC Merced and UCOP business travel.

E-Learning Course Now Available 

To help you familiarize yourself with the new system, we have created a short e-learning course, which can be found at the button below. 

If your job requires creating and submitting Pre-Trip Authorization requests to authorize direct bill travel arrangements, it is highly recommend that you take this e-learning course as soon as possible.

If you are a Travel Arranger, admin/support staff or if you are arranging travel for yourself on UC business, this course will walk you through the PTA submission process.


You must have an active, 9-digit University ID and password, and access to the Internet.


Through detailed screencast videos of various PTA screens, you will learn:

  • how to navigate within the PTA system
  • how to create Pre-Trip Authorization for employees and non-employees when paying with direct bill for air travel
  • how to select and allocate the FAU
  • how to submit and email a PTA to approvers and travel agents