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Location: 344 Peterson Service Building
Contact: Patty Brophy, Travel Services Director - (859) 257-1284
Travel Services is here to ensure UK's designated travel vendors AAA Corporate Travel Services, Concur Travel, and Avant Travel provide cost effective and efficient travel arrangements for official University business travel, and to deliver good customer service and support to all University employees.
AAA Corporate Travel Services
- (859) 323-5354, (800) 354-4514
- Domestic Travel Agents – firstname.lastname@example.org
- International Travel Agents – email@example.com
Avant Travel (859) 233-0000
Concur Login - HelpDesk (877) 463-0543
Fax: (859) 257-4805
COVID-19 Travel and Policy Exceptions:
Due to the uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19, international travel for official University travel is suspended until further notice, and domestic travel is strongly discouraged. We are still being informed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) requirements and recommendations. See this link for specifiics: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
- Exceptions to international travel must be requested through Jason Hope, Director of International Health, Safety & Security.
- Domestic travel must be approved by the traveler's supervisor.
- Per CDC guidance, fully vaccinated people can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take COVID-19 precautions while traveling – wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, socially distancing, and washing hands frequently.
- The CDC discourages non-essential domestic travel by those who are not fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated travelers should still get tested 1-3 days before domestic travel and again 3-5 days after travel. They should stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel even if they test negative or 10 days if they don’t get tested at the conclusion of travel.
For those approved to travel, temporary exceptions to UK’s Travel Policy have been made due to COVID-19:
- All airline tickets must be purchased through UK Travel Services (AAA Corporate Travel, Concur Travel, Avant Travel).
- Refundable tickets and trip insurance (if it covers COVID-19) are permitted.
- Under current policy, a cancelled UK business travel ticket is not reimbursed until the ticket credit is exchanged for future UK business travel and that trip is completed. However due to COVID-19, early reimbursement through a PRD is permitted for canceled tickets that were purchased with a personal credit card and not refunded by the airline. It will be the responsibility of the Business Officers to ensure the exchange ticket is used for UK business travel, and future reimbursement for the exchange ticket is limited to only additional personal credit card airfare/fee expenses related to the exchange. When processing the PRD, use the Registration Fees category from the PRD Product Catalog and change the GL to the appropriate travel reimbursement GL of either 530019 or 530039. Be certain to include in the Notes that the reimbursement is related to a UK business trip cancelled due to COVID-19. Should reimbursement be for a cancelled ticket that combined business with personal travel, then (as with our current policy) a cost comparison for business-only travel must be attached to the PRD and reimbursement will be the lesser of the actual paid airfare or the cost comparison airfare.
- It is recommended that employees consider purchasing airline tickets no sooner than three weeks before travel if it is uncertain whether their business meeting will take place or not.
REAL ID to be Required by Airport Security beginning October 1, 2021:
- Per drive.ky.com, a REAL ID is a federally-compliant card that serves as a license/permit/personal ID and can be used at airport security to board commercial flights within the U.S. when enforcement begins October 1, 2021.
- Besides the REAL ID, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will accept other documentation at airport security as well, such as a valid, unexpired passport and passport card. Visit www.tsa.gov for a complete list of acceptable air travel documentation.
Current Kentucky licenses/permits/personal ID card versions may be used for domestic air travel until REAL ID enforcement begins on October 1, 2021.
Please note: Following standard protocol for sponsored projects, refunds for airfare purchased on sponsored projects must be applied to the account where the expense originated. If unused ticket credits for cancelled airfare purchased on a sponsored project will not be utilized for that sponsored project, the originating airfare expense must be removed.