2008 Reimbursement Allowances for Mileage & Meals

Here are the latest reimbursement rates for UCLA employees who are traveling on business or hosting an entertainment function where meals and light refreshments are part of doing business:

Mileage Reimbursement Rate

Use of private vehicle for University business travel

Expenses incurred January 1 - June 30, 2008:
50.5 cents per mile

Expenses incurred on or after July 1, 2008:
58.5 cents per mile

Driving or shipping a vehicle in connection with a move or relocation

Expenses incurred January 1 - June 30, 2008:
19 cents per mile

Expenses incurred on or after July 1, 2008:
27 cents per mile

Travel Meals Reimbursement Cap*

For UC business travel within the continental U.S.

Actual expenses up to $64 per day

Entertainment – Hosting an Event Reimbursement Rate for Costs Per Person**







Light Refreshments



*When the entire length of a trip is fewer than 24 hours:

  • Meals for single-day travel will not be reimbursed unless the travel includes an overnight stay that is verified by a lodging receipt.
  • If no receipt is available, the traveler must include a statement with the travel expense voucher explaining why (e.g., the traveler lodged with a friend or relative, stayed overnight at the airport or took alternative transportation requiring the traveler to be away overnight). 
  • An exception to the overnight-stay requirement may be allowed when a traveler incurs a meal expense in connection with a business meeting (e.g., a working lunch scheduled as an integral part of a meeting or conference). 

**When planning an entertainment event, keep in mind:

  • A buffet reception—depending on the time of day it is held—is reimbursed at the applicable meal rate. Brunch is reimbursed at the lunch rate.
  • The amounts in the chart include the cost of the food and beverages, labor, sales tax, delivery charges and other service fees. If a reception before a meal includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres, the reception and the meal should be treated as a single event when calculating costs.
  • The costs of room rental, room setup fees, media rental, decorations, etc., are not included in the per-person costs.