The mission of the Travel Accounts Payable Department is to provide travel reimbursement payment and services to The College of William and Mary, and travel services to The Virginia Institute of Marine Science. This includes insuring that all disbursements are timely, accurate, and made in compliance with established State Travel policies and procedures. In addition, disbursements must meet the rules and regulations of governmental agencies - federal, state, and local.
The Travel Accounts Payable Department is located on the second floor of Williamsburg Professional Centre, which is at 1312 Mt. Vernon Ave. Our hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Williamsburg Professional Centre is across Monticello Ave. from the College's School of Education.
Travel Planning, Authorizations Forms and Approvals
The College expects individuals to exercise prudent judgment when arranging travel and incurring travel related expenses. Travel expense accounts are open to the public and must sustain the test of public review. The College will reimburse individuals traveling on official College business for reasonable, as defined by the State’s travel regulations, and necessary expenses incurred. To request reimbursements, individuals must complete and submit travel documents as described in the State Travel Regulations. Department Heads should be sure that all travelers from their areas are aware and conversant in the College’s policies and procedures. The Office of Travel Accounts Payable is available to help departments with this training.
The College requires travelers to prepare an estimate of the total cost of any planned overnight official business travel and one-day travel expected to exceed $500. Total cost includes lodging, transportation, meals, conference registration, and any other travel costs or course fees. Costs of the trip that may be direct billed, such as lodging or conference registration; must also be included in the Travel Authorization. This must accompany both the Travel Expense Reimbursement Voucher (TERV) and any applicable direct-billed vendor payment vouchers.
For reoccurring travel, multiple, small dollar trips, and team travel, an annual "blanket" travel authorization form may be used. For "blanket" travel authorizations, attach a list of the projected travel dates, destination and projected cost for each trip. The travel authorization form is also used to obtain approval for foreign destination travel and exceptions requests for lodging. At their discretion, departments may develop stricter guidelines for enforcement of travel procedures and regulations. It is the department's responsibility to make sure that only authorized approvers are signing documents and that the Accounts Payable Department has the signature cards for the department listing each authorized signor. See Signature Cards Policy.
Travel Management Agencies
The Virginia Public Procurement Act requires State agencies to contract with private travel agencies for the procurement of travel services. The College currently has travel services contracts with the Covington Travel and CI Travel. Following is a list of travel services available from the travel management agencies.
- Provide domestic and international airline and railway tickets at the most favorable rate available.
- Provide tickets that meet the arrival/departure times and locations requested by the traveler.
- Arrange hotel accommodations when requested. Take advantage of State government or corporate discounts whichever is greater. When the traveler does not specify a hotel, selects a hotel located close to the place of business.
- Arrange vehicle rentals when requested, using any existing mandatory State contract. Gets the most favorable rate for the car size or location required by the traveler when the vehicle rental firms do not have vehicles available.
- Arrange group conference accommodations when requested, taking advantage of available discounts.
First Class tickets are prohibited. When using the travel management agencies, traveler’s airline and railway tickets will be charge to the College’s Airline Travel Card (ATC).
Bundled Travel Packages
The travel industry has begun to offer economical bundled travel packages that combine airline travel with hotel stays, car rental, and even meals. However, these packages usually offer a consolidated invoice that provides no breakdown of the various travel services included. In order to purchase a travel package, the traveler must seek full reimbursement after the trip – no pre–payment or SPCC or direct payment is allowed. PRIOR to making the purchase, the traveler must also ensure that the package is the most economical option for the trip and provide additional documentation confirming the savings, as described below:
- Documentation must be provided offering three alternative travel services comparing the cost of the travel package to the combined cost of the very same travel services if purchased separately and within allowable travel limits. The package must be the least expensive of all alternatives.
- Documentation of each one of the three alternatives must be either a printed quotation or a website screen print from the vendor showing the cost and the travel services included.
- These comparison documents must be attached to the Travel Expense Reimbursement Voucher (TERV) when it is submitted to Travel Accounts Payable department for payment processing.
- In addition, all other travel rules, regulations, limitations and documentation requirements, are still in effect.
Sponsored Program Funds
All travel reimbursements including, but not limited to, lodging, that will be reimbursed solely from sponsored program funds, are governed by the terms and conditions of the individual grant or contract. "Sponsored Program" should be clearly Stated on the reimbursement voucher. In addition for all sponsored research, the grant or contract must specifically state an exception. This is not a blanket exception for all sponsored research projects. Further exception should be approved by a grant administrator.