The following table shows the breakdown of breakfast, lunch, and dinner components of the maximum daily reimbursement (per diem) rates for meals and incidental expenses while in travel status. Travelers must be lodged overnight to claim. M&IE is calculated based upon where the traveler was lodged.
The M&IE rates differ by travel location. View the per diem rate for your primary destination to determine which M&IE rates apply.
The domestic meal per diems and tips will be changing effective with travel beginning October 1, 2010. Michigan State University will be fully adopting the domestic M&IE rates set forth by the General Services Administration and Department of Defense for domestic travel within the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS). Highlights include:
- The rates are effective from October 1 through September 30 of each year. Please be sure that you have chosen the correct year when looking up a per diem rate. For example, October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011 is considered Fiscal Year 2011.
- CONUS rates apply to areas within the 48 contiguous United States.
- OCONUS rates apply to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands. Be sure to select the corresponding month and year of travel.
- Travelers may use the entire M&IE rate per day. Because incidentals are now included in the per diems, miscellaneous tips will no longer be reimbursed. Examples of incidentals include fees and tips given to baggage carriers, bellhops, and hotel maids; transportation to places where meals are taken; and laundry and dry cleaning necessary while in travel status.
- There will be six M&IE rates for Continental United States destinations (CONUS). These rates are more flexible. See Meals and Incidental Expenses (M&IE) Breakdown for details.
- M&IE rates for destinations outside the Continental United States (OCONUS), such as Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories, are located on the OCONUS M&IE website. The applicable rate from the table is the column titled "Local Meals".
- Users will need to use the Foreign and OCONUS M&IE Allocations table to break out each meal and incidental amounts.
- Traveler Jones attends a meeting in Ketchikan, Alaska in October 2010.
- To establish the M&IE, go to the OCONUS M&IE website.
- Under Outside CONUS…, choose Country/State from pull-down box and published date. Click on Execute button.
- A table will appear and the rate will be in the Local Meals column.
- If this rate needs to be broken down between each meal and incidentals, go to Foreign and OCONUS M&IE Allocations.
- Traveler Smith attends a conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in November 2010.
- To establish the M&IE, go to the CONUS M&IE website.
- To Search by State, click on the map (Utah).
- A table will appear and the rate will be in the Meals & Inc. Exp. column.
- If this rate needs to be broken down between each meal and incidentals, go to the Meals and Incidental Expenses (M&IE) Breakdown.