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Spending the weekend away from a designated headquarters

A state agency may determine whether a state employee should (1) remain at the employee's duty point during the weekend or (2) return to the employee’s designated headquarters.

(1) Returning to a designated headquarters during the weekend
An employee may be reimbursed for a transportation expense incurred while returning to the headquarters and then going back to the duty point after the weekend if the agency determines it is most beneficial for the employee to return to the headquarters.
(2) Remaining at a duty point during the weekend
An employee may be reimbursed for weekend travel expenses at the duty point if the agency determines it is most beneficial for the employee to remain at the duty point over the weekend. The reimbursable expenses are limited to the types of expenses the employee incurred on other days while conducting state business.

Traveling to a location other than a designated headquarters during the weekend

If an employee is authorized by the reimbursing agency to leave a duty point to travel to a location other than the employee's designated headquarters over the weekend, the employee may be reimbursed for expenses limited to the types of expenses the employee incurred on other days while conducting state business.

Example

Anna is a state employee headquartered in Dallas. She flies to Albuquerque on a Monday morning in November to conduct state business. The state business begins Monday afternoon, temporarily ends Friday afternoon, and resumes the following Monday. Anna's reimbursing agency reviews the amount it would cost to fly Anna back to Dallas on Friday and then fly back to Albuquerque on Monday. The agency determines that the estimated meal, lodging, and transportation reimbursement for Anna to stay the weekend in Albuquerque would be less than the cost of additional airfare. The agency advises Anna that it would be most cost-effective for her to stay the weekend in Albuquerque and complete her state business the following week. The lodging, meal and transportation expenses Anna incurs over the weekend are reimbursable up to the applicable maximum reimbursement rates.