Meal Allowances

​Effective for all Travel Starting January 1, 2019 (Printab​le PDF)

Meals and associated tips will be reimbursed at the lesser of actual cost or maximum allowance. Meal per diems are taxable without an overnight stay. An overnight stay must still be indicated on the CMU Business Card Reconciliation Form or the Employee Reimbursement Voucher when not claiming a lodging reimbursement.

Conference meals which are not included in the conference fee, but are preset and exceed the established maximum allowance, will be reimbursed at cost. A receipt or copy of the program indicating the cost of the meal is required.

If you are traveling outside of the United States, please use the per diem rates listed at the US State Department.  Under the Current and Prior Year Rates, select Foreign Per Diem Rates by Location. Then select the correct country from the drop down list. Click from the Previous Rates drop down list for the correct date of travel. The M & IE Column show the maximum per diem amount.  Meals and associated tips will be reimbursed at the lesser of actual cost or the maximum allowance.


Meal Allowances - Including Tips
Meal Must Be Traveling
Before and After
Standard Allowance High-Cost Cities
Breakfast 7:00AM to 8:30AM            $9.00 $11.00
Lunch 11:30AM to 2:00PM $14.00 $17.00
Dinner 5:30PM to 7:00PM $23.00 $28.00
Maximum Allowance:
$46.00 $56.00


High-Cost Cities (this list is all-inclusive):

AZ Sedona + City Limits of Sedona
CA Eureka/Arcata/McKinleyville + Humboldt County
CA Mammoth Lakes + Mono County
CA Mill Valley/San Rafael/Novato + Marin County
CA Monterey + Monterey County
CA Oakhurst + Madera County
CA Point Arena/Gualala + Mendocino County
CA San Diego + San Diego County
CA San Francisco + San Francisco County
CA San Luis Obispo + San Luis Obispo County
CA Santa Barbara + Santa Barbara County
CA Santa Monica + city limits of Santa Monica
CA Santa Rosa + Sonoma County
CA West Sacramento/Davis + Yolo County
CA Yosemite National Park + Mariposa County
CA Truckee + Nevada County
CO Aspen + Pitkin County
CO Crested Butte/Gunnison + Gunnison County
CO Denver/Aurora + Denver/Adams/Arapahoe/Jefferson Counties
CO Durango + La Plata County
CO Grand Lake + Grand County
CO Silverthorne/Breckenridge + Summit County
CO Steamboat Springs + Routt County
CO Telluride + San Miguel County
CO Vail + Eagle County
CT New London/Groton + New London County
        District of Columbia + Washington DC (also cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and  
DC   Fairfax, and Fairfax, in Virginia; and the counties of Montgomery and Prince 
        George's Maryland)
FL Cocoa Beach + Brevard County
FL Gulf Breeze + Santa Rosa County
GA Jekyll Island/Brunswick + Glynn County
HI Entire State
IL Chicago + Cook/Lake Counties
KY Kenton + Kenton County
LA New Orleans + Orleans/Jefferson Parishes
MA Boston/Cambridge + Suffolk County, city of Cambridge
MA Falmouth + City limits of Falmouth
MA Hyannis + Barnstable County less the city of Falmouth
MA Martha's Vineyard + Dukes County
MA Nantucket + Nantucket County
MA Northampton + Hampshire County
MA Pittsfield + Berkshire County
MD Baltimore City + Baltimore City County
MD Centreville + Queen Anne County
ME Kennebunk/Kittery/Sanford + York County
MI Ann Arbor + Washtenaw County
MI East Lansing/Lansing + Ingham/Eaton Counties
MI Grand Rapids + Kent County
MI Holland + Ottawa County
MI Mackinac Island + Mackinac County
MI South Haven + Van Buren County
MI Traverse City Leland + Grand Traverse/Leelanau Counties
MN Eagan/Burnsville/Mendota Heights + Dakota County
MN Duluth + St Louis County
MN Minneapolis/St. Paul + Hennepin/Ramsey Counties
NH Lebanon/Lincoln/West Lebanon + Grafton County
NY Floral Park/Garden City/Great Neck + Nassau County
NY New York City + Bronx/Kings/new York/Queens/Richmond Counties
NY Riverhead/Ronkonkoma/Melville + Suffolk County
NY Tarrytown/White Plains/new Rochelle + Westchester County
OH Cincinnati + Hamilton/Clermont Counties
OR Seaside + Clatsop County
PA Hershey + Hershey County
SC Charleston + Charleston/Berkeley/Dorchester Counties
SD Hot Springs + Fall River/Custer Counties
UT Moab + Grand County
UT Park City + Summit County
VA Abingdon + Washington County
VA Charlottesville + City of Charlottesville/Albemarle Counties
VT Burlington  + Chittenden County
VT Manchester + Bennington County
VT Stowe + Lamoille County
VT White River Junction + Windsor County
WA Port Angeles/Port Townsend + Clallam/Jefferson Counties
WA Seattle + King County
WA Tacoma + Pierce County
WY Cody + Park County
WY Jackson/Pinedale + Teton/Sublette Counties

High Cost Cities list was updated 3/15/19