Meal Allowances

Effective for all Travel Starting January 1, 2012 (Printable 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            $7.00 $10.00
Lunch 11:30AM to 2:00PM $11.00 $13.00
Dinner 5:30PM to 7:00PM $23.00 $28.00
Maximum Allowance:
$41.00 $51.00


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

AZ Phoenix/Scottsdale + Maricopa County
CA Los Angeles + Los Angeles/Orange/Ventura Counties and Edwards AFB counties, less the city of Santa Monica
CA Monterey + Monterey County
CA Palm Springs + Riverside County
CA San Diego + San Diego County
CA San Francisco + San Francisco County
CA Santa Monica + City Limits of Santa Monica
CA South Lake Tahoe + El Dorado County
CA Truckee + Nevada County
CA Yosemite National Park + Mariposa County
CO Aspen + Pitkin County
CO Telluride + San Miguel County
CO Vail + Eagle County
CT Bridgeport/Danbury + Fairfield County
DC Washington DC (also the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax, and the counties of Arlington and Fairfax, in Virginia; and the counties of Montgomery and Prince George's in Maryland)​
FL Boca Raton/Delray Beach/Jupiter + Palm Beach/Hendry ​County
FL Fort Lauderdale + Broward County   
FL Key West + Monroe County
GA Atlanta – (Special rates apply) Reimbursable at $43 per day, Includes:  Breakfast $8.00, Lunch $11.00 Dinner $24.00
HI Hickam AFB + Schofield Barracks
ID Sun/Valley/Ketchum + Blaine/Elmore County
IL Chicago + Cook and Lake Counties
LA New Orleans + Orleans, St Bernard, Jefferson and Plaquemine Parishes
MA Boston/Cambridge + Suffolk County and City of Cambridge
MA Burlington/Woburn + Middlesex County 
MA Martha’s Vineyard + Dukes County
MD Baltimore City + Baltimore City County
MD Ocean City + Worcester County
MN Minneapolis/St. Paul + Hennepin and Ramsey Counties
NM Santa Fe + Santa Fe County
NV Las Vegas + Clark County
NY New York City + Bronx/Kings/New York/Queens/Richland
NY Riverhead, Ronkonkoma, Melville + Suffolk County
NY Tarrytown/White Plains/New Rochelle + Westchester County
PA Bucks County
PA Pittsburgh + Allegheny County
RI Jamestown/Middletown/Newport + New Port County
RI Providence/Bristol + Providence and Bristol Counties
TX Austin + Travis County
TX Dallas + Dallas County
TX Houston (L.B. Johnson Space Center) + Montgomery, Fort Bend and Harris Counties
UT Park City + Summit County
VT Manchester + Bennington County
VT Stowe + Lamoille County
WA Seattle + King County

High Cost Cities list was updated 1/1/2015.

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