Benefits of the Travel and Hospitality (T&H) Card for Those Returning to Travel

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions has meant a return to travel for many Iowa State employees, and a return of employee travel expenses.


Use of the Travel and Hospitality (T&H) Card for travel expenses:

  • Reduces the need to use personal funds.  T&H Card transactions are paid by the university, eliminating the need for the traveler to wait for reimbursement.
  • Allows exemption from sales taxes, where applicable.
  • Protects against fraudulent charges, as the university is not liable for unauthorized card activity.
  • Provides automatic travel accident insurance, collision damage waiver and emergency travel services through card provider U.S. Bank.


The T&H Card also replaces the Study Abroad Event Card program, with study abroad usage of T&H Cards authorized through college international programs offices.  Hospitality expenses, such as hotel rooms and meals for guests of the university, may also be made using the T&H Card.


Additional information about the T&H card program can be found in the Travel and Hospitality Card Program Guide.  A step-by-step walkthrough of the application process is available at Workday: Card Applications in Workday


If you have questions about what you can charge to the T&H Card, the P-Card or T&H Card: Which should I use? webpage is a great place to start.


Nearly 2400 employees have received T&H Cards since the program’s introduction in 2019.  While the pandemic significantly impacted travel expenses, T&H cardholders had made nearly 4500 transactions totaling over $900,000 by February 2020.


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