Learn how to book a trip by visiting the UC Berkeley Travel Website (link) 

The university has contracts with several major airline, hotel and car rental companies to provide discounts and other benefits to travelers. Use the UC travel web portal (ConnexUC) or the UC travel agencies (BCD Travel, UC Travel Center, or Short’s Travel) to take advantage of these programs.

Before the trip, you’ll typically plan for transportation, lodging and working out the details of what you’re going to do once you get there. After the trip, you’ll have to report the expenses and file a reimbursement request for any expenses paid out-of-pocket. The better prepared you are for each step… before, during, and after…the better your travel experience will be.

The UC Travel team provides guidance on the following topics and much more,


Systems Access Requirements

All UC Berkeley employees should have automatic access to book travel in ConnexUC(link is external) and Direct Bill. To get started, the employee will need to log in to each system and update their profile. To have automatic access, the employee must be listed as a UC Berkeley employee (paid through UC Path). Non-employees can have travel booked for them as guest travelers.


Remember, the university traveler is responsible for:


  • UC travel and entertainment spending policies, at least as they relate to the circumstances of their own travel
  • If there are any funding source or departmental restrictions on paying for the activity
  • Every travel expense has an approver separate from the traveler and if the approver disallows an expense, it will not be paid/reimbursed


  • Observe normally accepted standards of propriety in the type and manner of expense incurred
  • Purchase travel services through Connexxus whenever reasonable
  • Register for UC travel insurance program if travel is booked outside of Connexxus
  • Report expenses and claim reimbursement in an ethical and responsible manner
  • Submit expense reports timely and respond promptly to requests for details and documentation
  • Return any unused university resources (i.e., unused prepaid airline tickets, excess travel advance funds)
  • Never use university resources to pay for personal expenses