Resources - Travel

University Travel & Covid-19

Western follows current CDC Travel Guidelines.

Per Diem Resources

Exceptions to Lodging Per Diem

Travelers may request an exception to the maximum lodging rule. Note the exception on the trip Request/TA and on the expense. Allowable exceptions per SAAM rule 10.30.20 include:
  • a1) When a traveler is assigned to accompany an elected official, a foreign dignitary, or others as authorized by law, and is required to stay in the same lodging facility.
  • a2) When costs in the area have escalated for a brief period of time either during special events or disasters.
  • a3) When lodging accommodations in the area of the temporary duty station are not available at or below the maximum lodging amount, and the savings achieved from occupying less expensive lodging at a more distant site are consumed by an increase in transportation and other costs.
  • a4) The traveler attends a meeting, conference, convention, or training session where the traveler is expected to have business interaction with other participants in addition to scheduled events. Further, it is anticipated that maximum benefit will be achieved by authorizing the traveler to stay at the lodging facilities where the meeting, conference, convention, or training session is held.
  • a5) To comply with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act or when the health and safety of the traveler is at risk.
  • a6) When meeting room facilities are necessary and it is more economical for the traveler to acquire special lodging accommodations such as a suite rather than to acquire a meeting room and a room for lodging.
  • b) The traveler is required to attend a meeting, conference, convention, or training session where the traveler is expected to have business interaction with other participants in addition to scheduled events; AND It is anticipated that maximum benefit with be achieved by authorizing the traveler to stay at the lodging facilities where the meeting, conference, convention, or training session is held; AND The lowest available advertised lodging rate at the lodging facility exceeds 150% of the applicable maximum per diem amount for the location. Documentation supporting the lodging rates is to be attached.

Sustainable Travel Options

Bicycles chained up on sidewalk of Bellingham WA

Maps

Click to download the following maps highlighting sustainable travel options:

Bellingham to Seattle via Transit Network

Need to Contact Us?

Sally Parsons, Travel Manager
sally.parsons@wwu.edu | 360-650-6640