Central Travel Account (CTA) Guide


  • The Central Travel Account (CTA) is a credit card for paying certain travel-related expenses. UW Bothell CTA account is managed by Fiscal and Audit Services (FAS).
  • The CTA allows UW Bothell units to charge specific airfare, rail, bus tickets to the credit card account, reducing out of pocket expenses for travelers, who are either UW Bothell Faculty, Staff, Student, or Non-UW Guest Travelers on UW business.
  • The CTA allows UW Bothell units to charge specified lodging. Review the lodging limitations outlined below.
  • If travel includes personal time, the CTA may not be used for any expenses.
  • The Pre-Travel Approval Form must be submitted via the FAS Service Request Form prior to booking.

Booking Option

Airfare, Rail, and Bus Tickets

  1. Christopherson AirPortal self-service website: Christopherson Business Travel (CBT) allows the traveler to purchase airfare on the CTA card, OR
    • Contact a CBT travel agent:  uwtravel@cbtravel.com or (888) 220-1072, OR
    • Unit fiscal personnel: book airfare for student travelers and non-UW travelers by contacting a CBT travel agent:  uwtravel@cbtravel.com or (888) 220-1072.
      Lodging Bookings
  2. Tangerine Travel is local to Bothell, Washington and is a diverse and women owned small business. Book online using the self-service website: Tangerine Travel Booking or contact a travel agent by phone at (425) 822-2333.


  • UW student travelers and Non-UW travelers (e.g. guest speakers and interview candidates).
  • For Staff and Faculty: requires to have five or more UW travelers attending a conference/group event in the U.S. or British Columbia, Canada where the UW is reserving and paying for the block of rooms and prior written approval has been obtained from Corporate Travel Services (email uwcts@uw.edu).
  • CTA lodging limitations:
    1. Non-UW travelers who are faculty or staff candidates are limited to Per Diem.
    2. Only room and tax should be charged on the CTA. Other hotel charges should be paid by the individual and seek reimbursement for reimbursable expenses.
    3. The department must obtain a folio from the hotel for each room or a statement showing the breakdown of the total charges by room, by night and guest name. After the trip, send hotel folio to uwbfisc@uw.edu for reconciliation on CTA account.

Contact Us

If you need assistance or have questions, submit a Service Request to Fiscal and Audit Services.