Columbia Law School uses the services of Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT) to assist guests, students, faculty, and staff with air and rail travel. Departments must follow the steps below in order to book the reservation, and request approval.


Please create an email message with the subject line: Passenger Name, Columbia Law School, and send the appropriate booking forms for Faculty & Staff, Student, or Guest to Valerie Wilson.


After confirming the reservation with the travel agent, please email the completed Travel Request Cover Form, and final itinerary, along with the event flyer, agenda, or invitation to travel@law.columbia.edu for review and approval. If applicable, confirm compliance with Columbia University’s International Travel Planning Policy, according to which Columbia persons should register their International Columbia Travel through the University’s Global Travel site by clicking the link labeled Register a trip.

Valerie Wilson Booking Fees:

Columbia Law School uses the services of Minutemen and Odyssey to assist guests, students, faculty, and staff with ground transportation. First time users must email  travel@law.columbia.edu to request the account number. Once you have our internal account, contact Minutemen or Odyssey directly to make the reservation. Submit a Car Service Form to travel@law.columbia.edu with the subject Car Service as soon as the reservation is made for internal billing purposes. 

  • Odyssey (718) 392-1700
  • Minutemen (718) 438-1100

The Columbia University Purchasing Card (P-Card) may be used to make business-related hotel reservations for guests and visitors at the six preferred local hotels listed below. The event coordinator may start by visiting the hotel site through Columbia’s travel portal to initiate booking, and to change or cancel an existing reservation.

  1. Aloft Harlem
  2. Hotel Beacon
  3. Hotel Belleclaire
  4. Hotel Newton
  5. NYLO Hotel
  6. The Lucerne Hotel

Reservations for faculty, staff, or students of Columbia University may not be paid for directly with the P-card. These reservations must be paid by the person and submitted for reimbursement. 

Departments in the process of applying for a  P-Card, may continue to submit their requests to the business office as follows:

Step 1:  Trip/event coordinator contact the preferred hotel  to ensure availability and book the reservation.

Step 2:  Trip/event coordinator submit a Hotel Reservation Form along with the event flyer, agenda, invitation to travel@law.columbia.edu with the subject HOTEL RESERVATION.  Be sure to include your contact information, a valid business purpose, and where the payment should be charged.

Step 3: An authorization letter will be faxed directly to the hotel for internal billing. Trip/event coordinator must follow up with the hotel to confirm the reservation is complete.

Departments are encouraged to use the services of Valerie Wilson Travel (VWT) to assist the students with air and rail travel. Please reference Air & Rail Travel for guidance. 

Step 1: Trip/event coordinator makes all hotel reservations independently.

Step 2: Trip/event coordinator advises hotel of payment by corporate credit card.

Step 3: The hotel will ask the coordinator that the Law School submit a Credit Card Authorization Form by fax; typically, this form is emailed to the coordinator.

Step 4: Trip/event coordinator email the information below to travel@law.columbia.edu

  • Credit Card Authorization Form
  • Name of Traveling Party/Event
  • Dates
  • Hotel/Venue Name
  • Reservation Number
  • Rate per night + tax
  • ARC Department
  • LAW Project (Grant or Event Name)
  • Business Purpose with proof of event (ie: official invitation, flyer, etc.)

Step Five: Immediately upon completion of the trip/event, the trip/event coordinator submits a billing statement and/or folio of the stay to travel@law.columbia.edu

*** As soon as the Business Office has received all the information listed under Step 4, we will send out the Credit Card Authorization and confirm the booking with a fax transmission receipt to the attention of the trip/event coordinator. We recommend trip/event coordinators follow up with the hotel to confirm the receipt of the Credit Card Authorization.

Please note, the corporate card is limited to room and tax charges only. Any attempt to charge incidentals to this card will revoke the authorization to charge this card at all. Incidental services (such as room service, mini bar, telephone, internet, etc...) must not be charged to the room. Also, its imperative that the trip/event coordinator never shares or submits personal credit card details to the hotel. Providing the hotel with a personal credit card will result in the full charge on that card.