Lodging + Meals and Incidentals  (M&IE) = Per Diem Rates

Per Diem is the allowance for lodging (excluding taxes for domestic travel) PLUS meals and incidental expenses (M&IE).


Lodging and M&IE Established Rates for Travel


Deductions When Meals Are Provided

When meals are provided by others (i.e. - included in registration fees or hotel rates, provided by the business site, paid by others or paid directly by PPPL), the established M&IE rate must be reduced according to either the domestic breakdown chart or international breakdown chart.  


Incidentals

Incidental expenses, as defined by the Federal Travel Regulations, include: fees and tips given to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, hotel maids, stewards or stewardesses and others on ships, and hotel servants.  On foreign travel, laundry and dry cleaning are considered incidental expenses. Actual lodging expenses, in excess of the per diem rates, may be reimbursed with proper justification and prior approval. 


For more information, visit the Hotels and Lodging as well as the Meals and Incidental Expenses sections of the Travel Manual.