Appendix A - Amended authorizations

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Sometimes, travel plans change. Fortunately, Concur, AdTrav, your carriers, your authorizing officials, and the TTS travel team are ready for that!

How changes can be accommodated depends on when and how the changes occurred:

Changes made at the airport or train station

You have two options if you need to change your travel plans while at the airport:

  1. Work with the airline your original ticket is booked with. Your airline will generally be able to reschedule you on another flight. Note that you may be able to receive expedited service by calling the airline and asking to speak with their government travel team.

  2. If the options the airline offers won’t work with your schedule, you may call AdTrav at (877) 472-6716. Keep in mind that in addition to the $35 fee for using AdTrav, and flights available on other airlines may be more expensive and could strain your project or unit’s budget, but weigh this against the value of your time– the time you are involuntarily delayed counts as work time (billable time if the travel is for a billable project), and travel comp time may be claimed for delays that cause you to arrive home after your business hours.

Whether you call the airline directly or call AdTrav, and make note of any difference in price. No further action in Concur is needed until after you return. Depending on the type of change you made to your itinerary, an amended authorization may be created for you in Concur. Read more on that here

Changes made before going to the airport or train station, but after the flight has been ticketed

“Ticketing” usually occurs approximately 48-72 hours before departure in the case of government contract flights. However, when using Amtrak or non-contract carriers, this time frame can be significantly different. You will get an email confirmation when your travel is ticketed, and you can also check the status of your reservation by going your Concur homepage and locating your itinerary, which should be the very first trip you see below in the “RECENT TRIPS” section.

If your reservations have already been ticketed, you must call AdTrav at (877) 472-6716 to change your itinerary. If your new reservation is for a non-government contract flight that exceeds the city pair rate for each leg of your trip (note that this calculator shows the one-way price), you must submit an amended authorization in Concur, which should be generated for you within an hour of your rebooking.

Otherwise, carry on with your new itinerary. Depending on the changes you make to your trip, additional action in Concur may be required upon your return. Read on here for more details.

Changes made after an authorization is approved in Concur, but before ticketing

If you are amending your trip before your flight has been ticketed (~72 hours before departure on government contract flights), you can simply go to your Concur homepage and locate your itinerary, which should be the very first trip you see below in the “RECENT TRIPS” section. Once you open this link, you should see all of the parts of your itinerary listed below, with options to change flights, hotels, and rental cars directly in Concur. You can make whatever changes you need, and depending on the changes you make, you may or may not need to resubmit for approval. Read on more here

Changes made prior to an authorization’s approval in Concur

If your authorization has not yet been approved, you can make all of your changes in Concur by going to your Concur homepage and locating your itinerary, which should be the very first trip you see below in the “RECENT TRIPS” section. Once you open this link, you should see all of the parts of your itinerary listed below, with options to change flights, hotels, and rental cars directly in Concur. Make your changes, and depending on the sorts of changes you are making (read more about this here, attach an updated approval email from your authorizing official. Continue to submit your revised authorization for approval.

Manually amending an authorization in Concur

If you need to manually change your authorization, navigate to the Authorizations tab in Concur. Find the authorization you’d like to amend on the list, and click on the blue authorization number. A menu of options should come up. Select Amend authorization and proceed.

On the next page, enter in a brief reason for the change, and then continue on to Create Amendment. There are a few changes one may need to make, depending on circumstances:

Changing trip dates or destinations

Go to the General tab, in the Travel Dates section at the very bottom. Travel dates may be adjusted accordingly, and additional destinations can be added in the Itinerary Locations section directly above. Make sure the overall trip dates match the itinerary location dates, and don’t forget to save!

Adding and revising anticipated expenses

See regular guide

Finished with your changes? Go ahead and submit your amended authorization for approval.

Amended authorizations and re-approvals

If the changes you are making to a trip involve:

  1. A change in dates or times within the date range that was originally approved.
  2. Changing to another fully refundable flight within the city pair rate
  3. An increase in overall trip cost that is within 120% of the originally authorized amount.*

As long as all lodging and meals expenses are within the maximum per diem rate for the location, and direct rental car costs (not including gas/tolls) are not more than $10 over the authorized amount…

Congratulations! No further action is required. Make the changes to your itinerary, and proceed with your travel and voucher upon your return with no further approvals required.

Otherwise:

  1. If your change involves adding dates outside of what was originally approved, or travel to or from a location that was not originally approved:

Both and updated approval email from your authorizing official and amended authorization in Concur are required.

  1. If your new flight is above the city pair rate or nonrefundable:

An amended authorization in Concur will be generated for you in AdTrav and must be submitted. Unless the travel is an emergency and you are at the airport, you must also obtain an updated approval email from your authorizing official.

  1. If the increases in cost of your trip exceed 120% of what was approved, or your direct rental car costs were $10 or more over the authorized amount:

An updated approval email from your authorizing official is required. In the case of exceeding the maximum per diem rate for the location, approval must come from the Assistant Commissioner level.

Amended Authorizations

If you changed your travel plans via Concur, an amended authorization which includes all changes should be generated for you. If you have any trouble with this, reach out to the Business Applications Service desk at (866) 450-6588 for assistance. Once all of your changes are reflected, continue on with submitting your amended authorization for approval.

If you changed your travel plans via AdTrav, an amended authorization was likely automatically generated for you, though this can take up to an hour after your call with them, so be patient! Once the amendment is generated, you can see it by navigating to the Authorizations tab and selecting your trip. Verify that all of the right changes have been made (and reach out to the Business Applications Service desk at (866) 450-6588 if you need any help), and then continue on with submitting your amended authorization for approval.

If you changed your travel plans outside of Concur or AdTrav but still need to amend your authorization based on the guidance above, go ahead and manually amend your authorization.

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