Today I get to go on my first ever business trip. Okay, so it's not like I have a very long job history - two years at my current employer and a variety of other summer-style jobs while going to school., but I'm still pretty excited. I think everyone at work knew too - I talked about it enough.
The travel company that manages all of our travel booked my flights and reserved the hotel . I will have to pay for the hotel room, cab rides, and food - but it will all be reimbursed. I just have to keep receipts and submit it when I get back - then I'll get paid on our next pay cheque (it will fall on the August 20, 2010 pay period).
Jordan and I talked about it and decided that I can use our joint credit card. One, we'll get all the Air Miles from it, and two I'll get reimbursed on my pay that get's deposited into our joint account - so it makes sense because the joint card is paid from the joint account. I suppose things like business trips are another reason to not reduce the credit card limit that BMO gave us.
I expect to spend about $200-$250 of my own money, and am comfortable with the repayment schedule. Technically, I could have asked for an advance to cover any expenses - but then, if I owed my company anything - I'd have to write a cheque to them. So I think I like this scenario better.
The Author over at Small Steps for Big Change has gone on quite a few trips for work - and I've enjoyed reading about them - it also makes me comfortable with this arrangement at work.
So why am I going?
We recently hired a new person for our regional team and she has no resources there, so I am going to show her some of our processes. Basically how to do what we do and where to go to get it done - it should be pretty good! My Boss has said if we don't get through everything in the day and a half he'll send me back in a couple of weeks - but we'll play it by ear.