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Book-Cancel-UseMiles for reimbursed travel?

Old Jun 1, 17, 7:59 pm
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Book-Cancel-UseMiles for reimbursed travel?

I'm being reimbursed by a workshop organizer for travel (not my employer).

The deal is that they will cover airfare up to a certain amount. I was thinking of doing the following: Book the ticket and cancel within 24 hours, get receipt and use that for reimbursement. Then, immediately after cancellation rebook the same flight itinerary using my miles.

Has anyone done this before?

The net effect after reimbursement is that I've converted my miles to cash. Are any issues likely to come up?

I'd figure if they really want to check, it would seem like I am on the same ticket. Also, can provide credit card statement with the airfare charge, if they ever need one. But for business travel reimbursement, do they ever dig more than a receipt?
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Old Jun 1, 17, 8:40 pm
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Yeah, sounds totally ethical and honest.
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Old Jun 1, 17, 10:43 pm
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Sounds like fraud to me. Could damage your relationships with that and other organizers and potential tax implications.
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Old Jun 1, 17, 11:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Rommie2k6 View Post
Are any issues likely to come up?
Yeah, you may end up being charged for fraud! You present documents to your employer/organisation with the purpose of reimbursement, however, you know that the documents does not reflect expenses actually incurred If this was against your employer you most likely would be fired (which would be a mild reaction; some employers would involve the police too).

Very bad idea dude...
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Old Jun 1, 17, 11:54 pm
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But how would they figure it out?
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Old Jun 2, 17, 12:00 am
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Originally Posted by Rommie2k6 View Post
But how would they figure it out?
They won't, dude. Great idea. Go for it. You've stumbled on to something big, here.
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Old Jun 2, 17, 12:00 am
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I agree that the chance is minor, but if you are unlucky they will.

Have you ever heard of audits?... Forget it! - not worth the risk.
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Old Jun 2, 17, 12:05 am
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Originally Posted by Rommie2k6 View Post
But how would they figure it out?
Some expenses require ticket numbers - they could easily run a check and see it as cancelled.
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Old Jun 2, 17, 8:14 am
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So for a different kind of reply...

I knew someone years ago who worked at a large company which had a policy to cover such a situation. The employee could be reimbursed something like 60-70% of the cost of the regular, revenue fare if an employee wanted to travel on his miles. Possible win win for employee and employer given the right (likely high) revenue fare.
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Old Jun 8, 17, 12:50 pm
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