American Express Government Travel Card Program
The State of California has negotiated with American Express to bring Cal Poly employees the benefits of using the American Express Government Card for use while on state business travel. American Express has waived their annual fee for employees using this card. The card is available to current Cal Poly faculty and staff members. Emeritus or retired employees are not eligible for the card, and employees who leave the University must return their card to Contracts & Procurement.
Faculty and Staff are encouraged to use the American Express Government Card whenever traveling on state business. State employees are eligible for state airfare rates (VCAL and YCAL) with several different airlines, discounted state rates at most hotels and state rates at certain car rental agencies.
Employees are responsible for paying their American Express bill each month. When you return from your business trip, you will file a Travel Expense Claim Form (Form 262) and use this reimbursement to pay your American Express bill. Cardholders are responsible for paying any late fees. If a cardholder has inactivity on their card for one-year, American Express may cancel their card.
To apply for a card, complete the online application. If American Express approves your application, you will receive your card in 7 – 10 business days. A rush request is also available for a $10 fee. More detailed information about planning your state travel can be found on Fiscal Services' web page under Travel. If you have any questions, contact the program administrator, Jeanette Paolucci at 756-2234.