Making Air Reservations
In general, it is possible to buy your airfare through the university, thus saving you the hassle (and interest) of buying it on your credit cards and waiting for reimbursement to come through.
Most information on contacting the travel agency, etc., can be found at the Berkeley travel website, http://travel.berkeley.edu/cat_airtravel.asp
- Reserve early. Although we have money to do research, you should reserve your flights early, unless given prerogative through your PI. The difference between reserving a month before you fly and a week before you fly can be hundreds of dollars.
- Justify choices. Personal activities can often be colocated with business travel. Be prepared to justify why you needed to stay the weekend to your RSO.