SAE Consultant Travel Expense Policy
This travel policy applies to all Consultants that travel on business for SAE International. (For consultants that travel on business for SAE ITC (Industry Technologies Consortia), please visit sae.org/about/legal-policies/itc-consultant-travel.) The document establishes procedures for Consultants to follow when business travel occurs. SAE will reimburse Consultants for reasonable expenses incurred while traveling on business for SAE International.
SAE permits choices in booking travel arrangements including air, hotel and car. Such choices include the following three options:
- Using your own travel agency
- Direct with an airline, hotel or car rental agency
- Via any internet travel site.
Consultants are to book the lowest logical coach class airfare at the time of reservation for domestic or international flights. Consultant should try booking air travel well enough in advance to obtain a reasonably priced airfare. Any special discount airfares with cancellation penalties must be approved by SAE prior to their purchase.
Driving Destinations (Private Automobile/Rental Car)
SAE normally requires Consultants to drive to business appointments that involve shorter distances. However, before making the final decision to drive, travelers should select the least expensive cost to SAE after calculating the fly versus drive expenses, along with costs for car, hotel, parking, and any other potential expenses.
The Consultant may drive, either by using his/her own private automobile, or by using a rental car. However, before making the final decision to use his/her own private automobile, travelers should select the least expensive cost to SAE after calculating the cost of using his/her own private automobile versus the use of a rental car.
Mileage reimbursement for the use of a private automobile will coincide with current IRS guidelines. Fuel when using a private vehicle is covered by the mileage reimbursement and should not be submitted for reimbursement. Consultants are expected to maintain adequate automotive insurance, and as such, assume full responsibility for all liabilities associated with such use.
For rental cars, SAE will cover the cost of a rental car (mid-size or standard size) plus fuel for the rental car. When renting a car, the Consultant must have a valid driver’s license and provide proof of insurance. Personal auto insurance should cover liability and personal injury, however the Consultant may want to verify his/her coverage prior to their trip. With these proper coverages in place, the insurance offered by the rental company should be waived. Consultants are required to reserve the lowest cost rental in the car size requested, regardless of whether on/off airport premises and regardless of the rental company offered. Any damage to the rental cars must be covered under the Consultants own automobile insurance. SAE is not responsible for any physical damage to the rental vehicle while in the Consultants possession.
Tolls and parking will also be reimbursed for private or rental car.
Single rooms at moderately priced hotels are considered appropriate accommodations. Cost is usually determined upon the city and location so approximately $100.00 - $150.00 per night can be used as a guide. All hotel rooms should be guaranteed by credit card. SAE approval prior to travel is required for hotels which exceed the SAE preferred rates. Hotel room cancellations are the responsibility of the Consultant. Original receipts* from the hotel outlining details of the stay are required for reimbursement.
Transportation to and from Destination Airport
For reimbursement purposes, the origin of travel is the Consultant’s work location or personal residence, whichever occurs last. SAE will also cover airport parking and reimburse mileage expense for distance traveled to and from the airport when using a personal vehicle. Check with SAE if you incur an expense not mentioned in this guideline. It is the Consultant’s responsibility to gain approval for any questionable expenses.
Travel Pay for Non-Exempt
Non-exempt Consultants who are required to travel for work will be paid for such travel time in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations. Travel pay will be compensated at the minimum wage rate per the state in which you reside in. The origin of travel is the Consultant’s work location or personal residence, whichever occurs last. All time spent for such travel is counted as work time. If the Consultant is required to travel out of town, the time is compensable when travel occurs during normal working hours. For travel on a non-work day, if the travel occurs during normal working hours, the time is compensable. Any portion of authorized travel time that takes place outside the normal work hours is not compensable unless the Consultant is engaging in work. If traveling between time zones, the time in which the Consultant departs will be used to calculate the hours worked. State and local regulations will also be considered when applicable. Travel time between hotel and worksite is considered normal commuting time and is not eligible for compensation.
Meal costs, not to exceed $75.00/day (including tips), are covered. Original receipts* or original hotel bills must be submitted in which these expenses are listed.
Some expenses that SAE will not reimburse are alcoholic beverages, movies (in-hotel or in-flight), traffic violations/fines, personal entertainment, dry cleaning, spouse or guest costs, and no-show fees.
Consultants are responsible for their own personal property while traveling on SAE business. SAE will not reimburse for stolen, lost, damaged or destroyed personal property.
To receive reimbursement, original* receipts as outlined in this document must be submitted.
For Courses held at SAE’s Troy, MI Office (Professional Development Instructors)
Hotel – Instructors requiring overnight lodging are expected to stay at SAE’s designated hotel where preferred rates have been negotiated.
Meals – (1) instructors are expected to stay at SAE’s designated hotel which includes complimentary breakfast, (2) lunch is provided each day as part of the course, and (3) dinner will be reimbursed at actual cost to $35.00 per day.
An original receipt is required for any expenditure, no matter what the purpose. Expenses without an original receipt will not be reimbursed.
Original receipts are needed for reimbursement of meals, parking, hotel, and, if a paper airline ticket was used. If an electronic airline ticket was booked, we will accept a forwarded e-mail receipt or a computer printed receipt. The receipt page must indicate that the ticket was paid for with a credit card. Most of the on-line sites will list on their receipt page the type of credit card used (Mastercard, VISA, American Express…). Note that most times this payment information does not show on a “Confirmation” or “Itinerary” page so we ask that you do find and forward us the “Receipt” page. SAE will also accept a faxed receipt copy from a car rental company. If turning in mileage, please submit a breakdown of miles traveled to and from the event.